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March 25, 2016 03:49 pm

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This week in San Diego educators, policy makers, funders, researchers, and others gathered for the Deeper Learning 2016 Conference, focused on creating more opportunities for students to learn deeply. The three-day event, which finishes up today, features deep dives, interactive workshops, and opportunities to create new ideas to implement and scale deeper learning.

Below are some twitter highlights from the conference, including a snippet of a performance by the Deeper Learning band! 

Stemming from conversations at the conference, Getting Smart shared six entry points for deeper learning. Along with each of these points, the post includes elements from the conversations from which these ideas were formed, including examples of how different places are putting them into action. The points are as follows:

  1. Be a maker.
  2. Try out small moves for big change.
  3. Exercise empathy.
  4. Be bold, brave and big.
  5. Know your students.
  6. Identify and reflect on meaningful learning experiences.

Be sure to check out @deeperlearning on Twitter for more conference updates!

Over on Education Week’s Learning Deeply blog, a recent post examines the roles of questioning to foster deeper learning, and another discusses how environment can help students transform attitudes towards learning.

Hillary Mills, academic dean and instructional coach at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in New York, writes about her experience teaching for deeper learning through questioning students. “This genuine interest and inquiry into what my students think and why they think what they think is a foundational characteristic of a learning space where students learn deeply.” Mills writes that she encourages students to explore questions together, on topics that align with state standards and academic requirements. Mills notes that in these exercises, she is learning too. “By putting myself in the space of being a true learner, I am setting the expectation and the standard that every person in our learning community has the responsibility to be actively learning.” Check out the full post for videos of the conversation in action.

Anne Simpson, K-1 teacher at Two Rivers Public Charter School, Washington, DC, shares her experience with students whose negative feelings have influenced their attitudes towards school and learning. “Relentless messaging and careful nurturing of a positive culture can inspire every child to think critically and learn deeply,” Simpson writes. With this mindset at the center, Simpson explains how the messaging in her classroom “creates a safe space in which everyone applauds risk-taking, being responsible for your own learning and the learning of others; and finding joy in every learning experience.” Learn more about the role of culture in her classroom: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning_deeply/2016/03/narrowing_the_achievement_gap_with_a_culture_of_persistence_in_math.html.

Until next time!

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