Deeper Learning Digest: When Students Become Their Own Teachers

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December 19, 2019 03:35 pm

What happens when students become their own teachers and take control of their learning?

Today’s digest highlights an elementary school in Hawaii that is teaching students how to take an active role in their own learning, takeaways from a webinar on scaling up deeper learning approaches in schools, how to build a skilled workforce in Colorado, a focus on equity at Big Picture Schools, and registration for the PBL World conference. 

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Teen Autobiography: Supporting Identity Development and Agency During Adolescence

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December 19, 2019 08:30 am

Adolescence is an important period when young people examine who they are, who they want to be, and how they want to impact their communities and society. This process of exploration allows young people to shape their overarching self-concept and motivates them to pursue learning opportunities that align with their personal goals.

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Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Learning

Bristol Township School District Empowers Students Through Innovative Digital Learning Strategies

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December 16, 2019 04:08 pm

Building community partnerships (one of the seven gears in the Future Ready Framework) has been instrumental in supporting Bristol Township School District’s transition to student-centered learning.  Through partnerships with Digital Promise—a Future Ready Schools® (FRS) founding partner—and the Verizon Foundation, Bristol Township launched a one-to-one student-to-device initiative at its two middle schools in 2015. Now, through a partnership with T-Mobile, the district is poised to expand the one-to-one initiative to its high school in January 2020 and its three elementary schools next school year.  

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Death and Disability Rates Jump Dramatically During the Teen Years—Here’s Why

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December 16, 2019 09:51 am

Too often people think stereotypically about the period of adolescence as a time of vulnerability, risks, and problems. You may even be guilty of this. How often have you participated in or overheard conversations between parents that sound something like “my daughter is headed to middle school next year” and the response is “yikes, good luck!”?

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Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Adolescent Learning Show, Science of Learning

Education Recommendations for the Next President

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December 13, 2019 02:08 pm

Beginning at 9:45 a.m. (ET) on December 14, MSNBC is hosting a public education forum for eight of the Democratic presidential candidates: Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren.

The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) has prepared a series of education recommendations that every presidential candidate, including President Donald Trump, should consider to ensure all children have equitable opportunities to thrive and be well prepared to assume a productive role in an increasingly global economy. The future of our country rests on what we offer to our students and our actions tell our students what it is we value.

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Federal Flash: Funding Secured for HBCUs; Impact of Trump’s Immigration Policies on Children

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December 13, 2019 10:48 am

Federal Flash covers federal funding for historically black colleges; the impact of the Trump Administration’s immigration policies on children; international test results; and a debate on education with Democratic presidential candidates.

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Decoding Teen Motivation: The Ins and Outs of Risks, Rewards, and Relationships

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December 09, 2019 09:55 am

One of the most important skills to master in adolescence is balancing risks and rewards. In this regard, human beings are like many other mammals. A time arrives when adolescents must go out and explore, learn to survive, and establish their own relationships beyond their families. The mindset and motivations that teens bring to these challenges play a key role in how they fair.

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Deeper Learning Digest: What Is the Most Valuable Learning Experience in High School?

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December 05, 2019 03:32 pm

Are work experiences as important to career preparation as school?

Today’s digest highlights schools and networks that are bringing work experiences to high school students, how investing in African American and Latino students would help local communities and economies, one teacher’s perspective on the importance of community partnerships, and an upcoming deeper learning webinar that can’t be missed.

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Highlights from the Latest PISA Results

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December 04, 2019 10:53 am

U.S. fifteen-year-olds ranked 8th in reading, 11th in science, and 30th in math according to the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), released on December 3. Their performance placed U.S. teenagers above the international average in reading and science, below it in math, and in roughly the same spot from the previous assessment three years ago in all three subjects.

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“Student Centered, Future Focused”: Montour School District Designs Schools That Are Future Ready

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December 02, 2019 01:48 pm

Whether they are teaching multiplication facts with the video game Minecraft or exploring engineering concepts in a Lego-themed makerspace, educators in Pennsylvania’s Montour School District always ask themselves, “Is this best for children?”—not just for today, but for the future students will face as adults.  

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