Wanted: Deeper Learning Practices for All

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December 18, 2015 02:26 pm

Deeper Learning

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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