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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: August 26, 2016 12:30 pm

Gov. Wise Celebrates a West Virginia PROMISE

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August 26, 2016 12:30 pm
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This week, Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and current president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of the funding of the PROMISE scholarship, signed into law by Wise during his first year as governor. The PROMISE scholarship is a state-sponsored, merit-based scholarship program that enables eligible West Virginia residents to attend any public or private college or university within the state. Wise, West Virginia University (WVU) President Gordon Gee, and several current and former PROMISE recipients gathered on Tuesday for a roundtable discussion and cake-cutting celebration at WVU to mark this milestone anniversary.

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West Virginia
Posted: August 22, 2016 01:07 pm

Reflections on PISA: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Heading

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August 22, 2016 01:07 pm
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The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial, global test of fifteen-year-olds in mathematics, science, and reading abilities taken alongside a questionnaire about their school experiences. The assessment also surveys principals about their students’ learning environments, from the physical location of the school to the activities offered. Since the test’s first administration in 2000, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has collected PISA results from millions of students representing seventy different countries and economies.

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Posted: August 05, 2016 04:20 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Promoting Opportunities for Deeper Learning

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August 05, 2016 04:20 pm
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How are different states helping to promote deeper learning? The Great Lakes and Midwest Regional Deeper Learning Initiative at American Institutes for Research  shows how state education agencies are enhancing competency-based education initiatives, personalized learning, flexible learning pathways, and more to help expand deeper learning opportunities in more schools. The figure below shows deeper learning approaches happening at the state-level (click the image to expand).

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: August 03, 2016 11:11 am

Playing Around: How Games Can Support Deeper Learning

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August 03, 2016 11:11 am
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As part of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (Alliance’s) ongoing series about how districts and schools foster deeper learning outcomes for students, the Alliance contacted Greg Toppo, the national K–12 education reporter for USA Today and author of the book The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter, to discuss the impacts of game-based learning on teachers and students. Below is an excerpt from the discussion with Toppo.

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Deeper Learning
Posted: July 22, 2016 03:56 pm

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

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July 22, 2016 03:56 pm
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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.

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Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: July 20, 2016 05:01 pm

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

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July 20, 2016 05:01 pm
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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.

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

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

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July 05, 2016 05:50 pm
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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.

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Posted: July 05, 2016 05:41 pm

How ESSA Can Strengthen Educator Recruitment, Development, and Support

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July 05, 2016 05:41 pm
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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.

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Posted: June 22, 2016 03:42 pm

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

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June 22, 2016 03:42 pm
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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.

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