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May 25, 2016 04:32 pm
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Why We Need to Stop Questioning State and Local School Leaders’ Courage on ESSA

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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.

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Every Student Succeeds Act, No Child Left Behind
Posted: May 20, 2016 05:11 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: The Importance of Fostering Deeper Learning in the Classroom

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May 20, 2016 05:11 pm
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Although deeper learning is more crucial than ever, it is still too rare in the nation’s classrooms, reports the Seattle Times. Deeper learning only occurs in one in five classrooms, according to a recent study of high schools, the article notes, and yet, the changing economy requires students to have deeper learning skills. The Times explores the study, conducted by Jal Mehta, an organizer of Education Week’s Learning Deeply blog, on why deeper learning is so rare.  According to Mehta, few teachers have experienced deeper learning themselves, making it difficult to apply it in their own classroom. Mehta says that a focus on standardized tests can take away incentive for project-based learning that is key to deeper learning. The study also found that deeper learning varies greatly within schools, not just between schools. Learn more: http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/a-deep-dive-into-deeper-learning.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest, Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: May 12, 2016 11:36 am

Helping Students Succeed, One Day at a Time

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May 12, 2016 11:36 am
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Spring is a time when many teachers and students celebrate the end of the school year. It is a time to reflect on their powerful learning experiences and take pride in their progress. But for too many students, by the end of the school year they have lost out on many of these learning experiences because they have missed a significant numbers of school days.

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Economic Impacts, High School Graduation Rates
Posted: May 11, 2016 05:23 pm

Nation’s Worst Academic Achievement Gaps Revealed in New Data

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May 11, 2016 05:23 pm
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Glaring academic achievement gaps in communities across the nation are revealed in a new data set put forth by the Stanford Graduate School of Education. The data set was created from more than 200 million test scores of third to eighth grade students, from 2009-13, and includes scores from every public school district in the country, along with socioeconomic information, school district characteristics, and racial and economic segregation. The analysis is the first to explore racial achievement gaps across the country at such a fine geographic scale, allowing comparison to be drawn between and within states.

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Achievement Gap, Students of Color
Posted: May 09, 2016 04:11 pm

Science of Learning: Three Brain-Informed Reasons to Focus on Adolescent Education

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May 09, 2016 04:11 pm
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While children in the early years of education increasingly experience curricula and learning tools based in the science of learning (SOL), children in middle and high school—particularly those from historically underserved populations—endure traditional “common sense” approaches that go against what researchers know about the developing brain. The growing research on adolescence in the SOL reveals that investment in secondary schools is essential to ensure students graduate prepared for college and a career. Here are three reasons why:

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Deeper Learning, Science of Learning, Students of Color
Posted: May 06, 2016 05:32 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: The Shift to a Deeper Learning Approach

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May 06, 2016 05:32 pm
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On Education Week’s Learning Deeply blog, Stephen Hamilton, dean of High Tech High Graduate School of Education, discusses college, career, and civic readiness, and “the case of the missing ‘C.’” Hamilton explains that when discussing these three C’s, the focus is typically on college readiness, and often the “career” portion is neglected. “This surely reflects the reality that most educators know more about college than careers,” he writes, “but it neglects those students, still the majority, who do not graduate from a four-year college, and it ignores those who were ready enough for college to graduate but then find themselves unemployed or underemployed.”

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: April 29, 2016 10:43 am

Deeper Learning and Teacher Professional Development

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April 29, 2016 10:43 am
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“Traditional teacher prep does not teach you how to do” deeper learning, says Carrie Bakken, a teacher and codirector at the Avalon School in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Bakken and her colleagues know that if their classrooms and their students are going to meet the deeper learning competencies, then their own professional learning needs to hew closely to those competencies as well. The teachers’ learning, just like that of their students, “needs to be more inquiry-based.”

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Deeper Learning, Teacher Preparation
Posted: April 28, 2016 04:55 pm

Nation’s Report Card Results: Large Percentage of High School Seniors Struggle with Reading and Math

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April 28, 2016 04:55 pm
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Results released yesterday from the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, show there’s still much work to be done to prepare students for success after high school. High school seniors scored one point lower in 2015 than 2013 in math, while the average reading score was not significantly different. The results also show that achievement gaps are still prevalent, with only 12 percent of Hispanic students and 7 percent of African American students scoring at or above proficient, in comparison to 32 percent of white students.

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Achievement Gap, College & Career Readiness
Posted: April 28, 2016 03:31 pm

The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?

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April 28, 2016 03:31 pm
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In December of 2015, on the same day that President Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP). First released in 1996 and updated every five years since, the NETP is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible.

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Education Technology, Future Ready
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