Adolescent Minds: Science of Learning Informs Teaching and Student Engagement

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November 21, 2019 11:07 am

More Than a Test

“Will this be on the test?” That is a question your students probably have asked during a lesson. While some students may have a genuine concern about scoring well on the next assessment, for many this common question highlights how engaged—or disengaged—they are with the content at hand and the relevance they see to their own life goals and desires. During adolescence, students experience a variety of changes in their brains that influence their motivation and mindsets about learning. Additionally, their abilities to plan and think critically continue to improve, which means students need ample opportunities to practice using higher-order thinking skills. These brain changes occur at different times and different rates for each student and do not necessarily correspond with chronological age and grade level, an important point for educators to know about adolescents.

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Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Learning

Federal Flash: Will the Supreme Court Let Trump End DACA?

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November 19, 2019 01:59 pm

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Will the Court allow President Trump to phase it out?

This episode of Federal Flash considers that question. It also provides updates on the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to alter E-rate funding and the U.S. Department of Education’s advice to chief state school officers on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.  

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Avonworth School District Engages Students with Community-Based Projects and Innovative Classroom Spaces

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November 19, 2019 09:26 am

The mission of Avonworth School District in western Pennsylvania is to “empower students through authentic experiences to become creative, innovative thinkers.” To fulfill that mission, the district embarked on a strategic planning process to determine what is most important for the district’s 1,856 students to learn and how they should learn it. Through that process, the district identified three focus areas to make learning more engaging for students: (1) personalized learning, (2) project-based and interdisciplinary learning, (3) and use of space and time. Those focus areas demonstrate the district’s alignment with the Future Ready Framework, keeping personalized student learning at the center and emphasizing creative approaches to the framework’s gears of curriculum, instruction, and assessment and use of space and time.

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Digital Learning and Future Ready Schools, Future Ready

Deeper Learning Digest: Diving Deep for Reading Comprehension

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November 14, 2019 01:54 pm

Reading scores on the Nation’s Report Card may be low, but one education journalist says rich content could be the key to improving reading comprehension.

Today’s digest highlights the need for content-rich curriculum to advance reading skills, the benefits of authentic problem-solving opportunities for kids, how to design a profile of a high school graduate, and the use of makerspaces to personalize learning.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest

Federal Flash: Congress Puts Higher Education on the Fast Track

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November 06, 2019 01:11 pm

Legislation was introduced in the Senate to give students a Fast Track to and Through College. The House Education Committee passed a rewrite of the Higher Education Act. And both the Nation’s Report Card and ACT’s annual report on college and career readiness show declines.

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Creativity Unlocked: 1:1 Initiative and New Makerspaces Make Learning Personal in Deer Lakes School District

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November 04, 2019 04:36 pm

Bobbi-Ann Barnes isn’t shy about how she feels about worksheets.

“I have never cared for worksheets. They are not engaging and simply require rote memorization,” says Barnes, assistant superintendent in Deer Lakes School District in northern Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. “Does a kid go home and say, ‘I had a great time doing a worksheet’? There are so many other things that you can be doing creatively as a teacher.”

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Deeper Learning Digest: Expanding Deeper Learning Opportunities to More Historically Underserved Students

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November 01, 2019 11:51 am

What makes deeper learning schools so successful and how are networks scaling their efforts to bring deeper learning opportunities to more historically underserved students?

Today’s digest features a new report on how networks are scaling deeper learning, highlights from the iNACOL symposium, a quiz on the difference between projects and project-based learning, a webinar on deeper learning for students with disabilities, and a special Halloween edition of deeper learning in action!

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest