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Alliance Releases New Report on Deeper Learning

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May 26, 2011 06:46 pm

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Today the Alliance released a new policy brief calling for policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels to support the concepts of “deeper learning” to help all students meet higher expectations and be prepared for college and career. The brief argues that deeper learning provides students with the deep content knowledge they need to succeed after high school and the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills that today’s jobs demand.

“The term ‘deeper learning’ may be new, but its basic concepts are not,” said Alliance President Bob Wise. “Deeper learning is what highly effective educators have always provided: the delivery of rich core content to students in innovative ways that allow them to learn and then apply what they have learned.” To hear more from Gov. Wise, watch the video to the right.

The brief, “A Time for Deeper Learning: Preparing Students for a Changing World,” notes that American schools tend to offer a two-tiered curriculum in which some students—primarily white and relatively affluent—have had opportunities for deeper learning, while others—primarily low-income and students of color—have focused almost exclusively on basic skills and knowledge. It finds that the nation’s prosperity in the near future will depend more than ever on students from underserved groups.

Earlier this year, the Alliance held webinar featuring Barbara Chow, program director of education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Andreas Schleicher, head of indicators and analysis division at the OECD’s Directorate for Education. Chow and Schleicher provided an overview of deeper learning and discussed how deeper learning can increase economic opportunity and civic engagement in order to ensure that American students are rigorously prepared for success in a globally competitive workforce. Watch archived video from the webinar.

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