Teaching for Deeper Learning for All Students Webinar/EventJanuary 06, 2016
On February 2, 2016, the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) held their third webinar in a series designed to explore the conditions needed to support great teaching for deeper learning. The promising practices, recommendations, and lessons learned will inform a collective effort, led by NCTAF, around supporting great teaching.
Maximizing Teacher Agency in Professional Learning Webinar/EventOctober 19, 2015
On November 10, 2015 the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) held the second in a series of webinars exploring the conditions needed to support great teaching for deeper learning. The promising practices, recommendations, and lessons learned inform a collective effort, led by NCTAF, around supporting great teaching. This joint webinar focused on an important component of effective professional learning: maximizing teacher agency. What are the practices and conditions that draw upon educator expertise, build their capacity to become good consumers of professional learning, and give them choices that lead to improvements in the instructional practice they most need to improve student learning?
On August 25, 2015 the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) held the first in a series of webinars exploring the conditions needed to support great teaching for deeper learning. The promising practices, recommendations, and lessons learned informed a collective effort, led by NCTAF, around supporting great teaching.
Transforming Schools Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core State Standards Webinar/EventFebruary 23, 2015
On March 10, 2015, the Alliance for Excellent Education held an in-depth discussion on how innovative schools can use performance assessment and project-based learning to transform education and improve learning for all students. This webinar examined a highly effective school network that has demonstrated how a new approach can enable all students to graduate from high school and succeed in college.
Highly effective educators know what deeper learning is; it is rich core content, delivered in engaging ways that allow students to learn and apply their learning and enable them to graduate from high school ready for college, a career, and life. To empower this kind of learning and teaching, systems of accountability that will support and assess deeper learning for every child need to be developed. A new report, whose authors include Linda Darling-Hammond and Gene Wilhoit, titled Accountability for College and Career Readiness: Developing a New Paradigm, focuses on how states might construct accountability systems that are well-aligned and that assure a high-quality education for all students. Using an imaginary “51st state” as the model, Dr. Darling-Hammond and Mr. Wilhoit will set out some principles for effective accountability systems that are better able to “foster a culture of inquiry and continuous improvement at all levels of the system.”
Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar to discuss a new book that explores how schools are transforming teaching and learning to enable all students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need for the twenty-first century. Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Schools Are Transforming Education for the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), written by Monica Martinez and Dennis McGrath, examines school practices that support the development of deep content knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and academic mindsets.
This Google Hangout will explore how museums are going beyond the field trip to become hubs of learning, innovation, and creativity. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is at the forefront of this work, where Barry Joseph is working with young people to build video games to complement new exhibits, using Minecraft as a springboard to science, and creating other learning opportunities that encourage students to explore their interests. In an interview with Tom Murray, Mr. Joseph will provide his perspective on ways learning can take place in museums and other out-of-school places, and share how educators can both integrate museum resources into their teaching and be inspired to try approaches in their own classrooms. Mr. Murray will also solicit questions from the audience and share his own perspective.
Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar on using curriculum-embedded performance measures to learn and demonstrate deeper learning competencies students need for college and a career. The webinar will focus on the Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project (OPAPP), which includes a system of learning and assessment tasks aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Ohio has taken a unique approach to the pilot by including sustained, collaborative professional learning throughout all components of the program, including formative assessment to support student learning, technical training, and writing and scoring of assessment tasks.