boilerplate image
Your daily serving of high school news and policy.
Stephanie Wood-Garnett_
Posted:
May 25, 2016 04:32 pm
Featured Entry:

Why We Need to Stop Questioning State and Local School Leaders’ Courage on ESSA

RSS feed

Since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), policy organizations and funders have raced to create resources, tools, and fact sheets to help state and local school leaders understand what the new law requires and the innovation opportunities it offers. Leading up to ESSA’s passage, and even in the immediate months afterward, there was an air of celebration as national, state, and local organizations and the media heralded the devolution of power back to the states.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Every Student Succeeds Act, No Child Left Behind
Posted: July 22, 2016 03:56 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Changing Pedagogy, Beliefs to Expand Deeper Learning

deeper learning
Posted:
July 22, 2016 03:56 pm
RSS feed

Joey Hunziker, senior associate at the Innovation Lab Network at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), writes about states’ opportunity and “responsibility” under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to ensure that communities and stakeholders are involved in decisions that support personalized learning approaches and effective practices on the ground. Hunziker stresses the need for a clear pathway between schools and districts, and stakeholders and states, to communicate and share what’s working in schools. “Letting experiences in the classroom inform the way state education agencies support schools and districts” would help support innovation in teaching and learning at a local level, Hunziker writes. He shares the example of Colorado, where the state education agency has been learning about the competency-based, deeper learning practices in local schools. Read more: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning_deeply/2016/07/how_better_engagement_can_support_innovation_and_deeper_learning.html.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Uncategorized
Posted: July 20, 2016 05:01 pm

Doing the “Impossible”: Shifting Beliefs to Enable Deeper Learning for All Students

deeperlearning 7-20
Posted:
July 20, 2016 05:01 pm
RSS feed

A child born into a family in the lowest income quintile has a 45 percent chance of remaining there if that child drops out of high school, while as a college graduate that child has only a 16 percent chance, according to the Brookings Institution. Clearly, students who are college and career ready are more likely to experience economic mobility. This was the theme at the recent Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility Summit hosted by Jobs for the Future (JFF), where presenters emphasized the economic imperative to prepare all students for college, a career, and life.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Deeper Learning
Posted: July 05, 2016 05:50 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Project-Based Learning Leads to Deeper Learning Outcomes

deeper learning
Posted:
July 05, 2016 05:50 pm
RSS feed

What is the gold standard for project-based learning? Tom Vander Ark explores the different variations of project-based learning (PBL), to help provide a framework for educators who are seeking to select a strategy that fits with their intended outcomes. Vander Ark shares the various elements and principles to consider when designing projects, as provided by the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) as part of their Gold Standard PBL. These parameters include several strategies that have deeper learning outcomes at the center, including ensuring that the project is focused on “student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration and self-management.” Vander Ark also gives examples of schools using a PBL teaching method that follow these strategies. Learn more: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_innovation/2016/06/is_it_a_project_or_an_activity_project-based_learning_and_its_cousins.html.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: July 05, 2016 05:41 pm

How ESSA Can Strengthen Educator Recruitment, Development, and Support

CTQ event
Posted:
July 05, 2016 05:41 pm
RSS feed

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) can strengthen the teaching workforce. How? The Coalition for Teaching Quality (CTQ) brought together practitioners from across the country recently for two briefings on Capitol Hill to share current effective teacher recruitment, development, and support strategies, and look ahead to how ESSA can support these practices.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Every Student Succeeds Act, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Quality, Teachers & Leaders
Posted: June 22, 2016 03:42 pm

Making an Impact: One District’s Approach to Deeper Learning

Maker space
Posted:
June 22, 2016 03:42 pm
RSS feed

As part of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (the Alliance’s) ongoing series about how districts and schools are fostering deeper learning outcomes for students, the Alliance contacted Chad Ratliff, director of instruction for Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia, to discuss his efforts to bring Maker-centered work to the district and its connections with deeper learning. ACPS is one of the first school districts nationally to recognize the value of Maker-centered learning, an instructional approach that encourages students to solve problems by tinkering, building, inventing, or otherwise creating physical or digital artifacts. ACPS started its efforts three years ago when the district’s Monticello High School converted its library to a Makerspace (pictured above). The district also reimagined the elementary remedial summer school programs as Maker academies.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Deeper Learning
Posted: June 17, 2016 12:05 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Ensuring Deeper Learning is for All Students

deeper learning
Posted:
June 17, 2016 12:05 pm
RSS feed

With one-third of American workers engaging in freelance, or project-based, work, Getting Smart explores how all students are being prepared for a project-based world. The article dives in to the issue of equity in project-based learning (PBL), including which students have access to this style of learning instruction. “PBL has thrived in affluent schools where students have the basic skills and self-management to engage in complex multi-step projects,” the article notes, whereas “schools serving low income students are often overwhelmed with the challenge of students entering well below grade level,” and therefore are not focused on PBL instruction. Learn more about how groups are working to give all students access to PBL in Promising Practices in Equity and Project-Based Learning.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: June 17, 2016 09:30 am

New Data Reveals Chronic Absenteeism Affects Over Six Million Children in U.S. Schools

empty desk
Posted:
June 17, 2016 09:30 am
RSS feed

Millions of children missed at least fifteen days of school in the 2013-14 school year, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The first-ever national comprehensive data collected on issue of chronic absenteeism revealed that 6.5 million students, or 13 percent of all students and 18 percent of all high school students, from all over the country, are missing three weeks or more of school.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: June 14, 2016 03:13 pm

The Role of Career and Technical Education in College and Career Readiness

iStock_000004584616_Medium
Posted:
June 14, 2016 03:13 pm
RSS feed

In the present economic climate, pursuing a postsecondary degree has become a necessity, making the need for every student to graduate from high school college and career ready more important than it has ever been. Career and technical education (CTE) can play a critical role in providing high school students with this level of preparation. In high-quality CTE programs, students concurrently take rigorous courses, cultivate career skills, and can earn credit toward a postsecondary credential while in high school. Work-based learning opportunities and academic rigor are two essential characteristics of effective CTE pathways.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Arkansas, Career & Technical Education, College & Career Readiness, Every Student Succeeds Act, Linked Learning
Posted: June 06, 2016 12:29 pm

Open Education Resources: Where do I begin?

Open Education- Where do I begin
Posted:
June 06, 2016 12:29 pm
RSS feed

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek, Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide. With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to rethink traditional, static instructional materials. Open Education Resources were the highlight of this Future Ready webinar as they align to the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment gear of the Future Ready Framework. From equity, to cost, to teacher empowerment, many benefits of open resources exist.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Education Technology, Future Ready
Posted: June 03, 2016 04:35 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Students in Charge of Learning

deeper learning
Posted:
June 03, 2016 04:35 pm
RSS feed

Abner Oakes, director of outreach and strategic partnership at the Alliance, dives into how early college high schools promote deeper learning for students. Early college programs allow students to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree free of tuition. In a blog post, Oakes zeroes in on Bard Early Colleges, which has schools in Baltimore, New York, New Orleans, Cleveland, and Newark. These early college schools emphasize collaborative work, require students to build upon and apply what they have learned, and expect students to be active in their education. These elements align very closely with deeper learning competencies, Oakes explains. “For historically underserved young people, early college high schools like Bard offer a pathway not only for high school success but also for postsecondary success,” he writes, “Perhaps there will be a time in the future when a high school education becomes synonymous with a college education and with a full preparation for life.” Learn more: http://deeperlearning4all.org/essa/supporting-deeper-learning-at-early-college-high-schools.

Read Entire Post

Categories:
Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.