Deeper Learning Digest: Equitable Access to Deeper Learning

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December 18, 2015 05:32 pm

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In a Huffington Post blog post, Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of Learning Policy Institute and an Alliance board member, calls on parents, educators, community members, and society to “ensure that all young people have equal access to a high quality, world-class education.” Darling-Hammond explains that “the top skills needed for employment in 2020 are the abilities to make sense out of complex information and events, to think creatively to solve real-world problems, to work well with others, to engage effectively in cross-cultural contexts, and to manage many forms of media as well as quantitative data in sophisticated ways.” Therefore, she explains some of the actions that must be taken to create equitable access to deeper learning for all students. Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-darlinghammond/now-we-confront-the-real_b_8783332.html.

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Wanted: Deeper Learning Practices for All

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December 18, 2015 02:26 pm

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The American workforce is changing rapidly. This means that the skills, knowledge, and credentials needed to be a competitive job applicant are changing as well. By the year 2020, 65 percent of all available jobs will require some form of postsecondary education or training, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. But even when students meet this requirement, employment aligned with their degree is far from guaranteed. In addition to technical knowledge related to the job, employers are looking for applicants who can work in a team structure, solve problems, and communicate effectively with people inside and outside of an organization, according to a report by Forbes. These skills are components of deeper learning, which is the “delivery of rich core content to students in innovative ways that allow them to learn and then apply what they have learned.” Deeper learning competencies, including the ability to think critically and synthesize information to construct an argument, prepare students for success in college, career, and citizenship. Currently, more than 500 schools nationwide incorporate deeper learning into their curriculum and school models and several of these schools serve primarily students of color and students from low-income families.

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Daily Dish: #ESSA News: Regulation, Teacher Prep, Personalized Learning, and More

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December 18, 2015 12:49 pm

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Today’s Dish features a roundup of articles related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), on issues from regulation, teacher preparation, personalized learning, to local implementation.

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Daily Dish: U.S. High School Graduation Rate Rises

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December 16, 2015 05:56 pm

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Big news this week on the rising high school graduation rate in the U.S., which is now up to 82 percent. As the Associated Press reports, the figures, released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education, show that the achievement gap has narrowed. “The data showed that black and Hispanic students made progress closing the achievement gap with their white counterparts,” writes reporter Jennifer Kerr, “about 72 percent of black students and 76 percent of Hispanic students earned diplomas in 2013-2014. For white students, the rate was 87 percent.”

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My High School Reimagined

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December 16, 2015 04:47 pm

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As I sit in my cubicle here at the Alliance, performing research about best practices to prepare students for college and a career, I can’t help but think about my own high school experience. I come across educational practices every day that schools have implemented that produce results for student learning and I find myself wishing my high school had done the same.

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Core of the Matter: Stemming a “Rising Tide of Mediocrity” with College- and Career-Ready Standards (#CoreMatters)

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December 15, 2015 04:03 pm

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The following blog post is another in the Alliance’s “Core of the Matter” blog series focusing on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and struggling students. It was written by Dr. Lillian Lowery, former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. In January, the Alliance will launch a new blog segment focusing on the Every Student Succeeds Act and its implications for traditionally underserved students. Watch this space for upcoming posts from that new series.

By Dr. Lillian Lowery

“Our nation is at risk. The educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity. If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. . . .”

from A Nation at Risk, the 1983 report from President Ronald Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education

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The Every Student Succeeds Act: New Education Law Provides Boost to Nation’s High Schools

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December 14, 2015 03:42 pm

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President Obama signed a new education law on December 10 that replaces the No Child Left Behind Act and makes several major changes to federal education policy. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) shifts a significant amount of responsibility for students’ learning outcomes to states while increasing accountability and support for high schools.

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Daily Dish: Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act

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December 14, 2015 02:58 pm

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As the new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), takes over for No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the Alliance has created several resources to get you up to speed on what’s in the bill and the main differences between ESSA and its predecessor. But first, check out the most recent Federal Flash episode, with Alliance President Bob Wise, on what happens next now that ESSA has been signed into law.

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Daily Dish: Exciting #FutureReady Schools News Announced at White House Event

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December 11, 2015 03:53 pm

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Yesterday was an exciting day for Future Ready Schools, with Alliance President Bob Wise announcing that more than 2,000 school district leaders, representing 16 million students, have taken the Future Ready District Pledge to personalize learning for students using effective digital learning strategies. The announcement took place at the White House in conjunction with the release of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready Schools initiative.

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Daily Dish: Goodbye #NCLB, Hello #ESSA! New Education Bill Signed Into Law by President

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December 10, 2015 01:19 pm

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Today, President Barak Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the bill to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Yesterday, the Senate approved the bill with a vote of 85 to 12, just days after the House passed with a vote of 359 to 64. As the Washington Post notes, “the legislation will directly affect nearly 50 million public school students and their 3.4 million teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade.”

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