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Deeper Learning Digest: More Students Are Accessing Deeper Learning Opportunities

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March 17, 2017 02:38 pm

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According to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress, more students are engaging in deeper learning opportunities under the Common Core State Standards. Students are also increasingly engaging in learning activities that help to prepare them to succeed in college and the workplace.

The analysis is based on data from the student survey questionnaires on the 2014 and 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The findings show that:

  • 45 percent of African American eighth-grade students reported working in small groups to discuss reading passages, compared with 37 percent in 2009.
  • Among low-income students, one-third of high school seniors now use computers weekly to “research reading and writing projects,” a slight boost from 31 percent in 2009.
  • Middle schoolers who said that they never use “computer programs for new lessons on math problem solving” dropped from 62 percent to 50 percent.
  • The number of students who “never” use a computer to practice math drills decreased 8 percentage points.

Read more of the findings and find out whether or not Schools Challenge Our Students.


Are Students Really Ready?

In a guest blog post for Getting Smart, Jean Sharp, the vice president of content development for Apex Learning, asks whether or not students are really prepared for their futures, despite the all-time high national graduation rate. To be “really ready,” Sharp explains that students need to be able to think critically, solve problems, communicate to diverse groups, take initiative in their own learning, and more. These are the deeper learning competencies that can be fostered by “technology-enabled, rigorous curriculum designed to engage and motivate students” and “can have a major impact on ensuring our students are truly prepared for what comes next.”

Sharp explores some of the elements necessary for this type of effective digital curriculum program, specifically to support traditionally underserved students, while also meeting the needs of all students. Read her full post to learn more.


New Deeper Learning Infographics to Share!

The Hewlett Foundation has released three new infographics that depict the differences between traditional classrooms and deeper learning classrooms. The infographics include a science lab, a construction site, and an office, highlighting the connection between a deeper learning classroom and the real world.

Click to view each of the infographics. You can also share them out using the click to tweet links below.

DL School and office

Click to Tweet: The real world starts in a #deeperlearning classroom.

DL School and Lab

Click to Tweet: Want to connect your teaching to the real world of science? #deeperlearning helps.

DL School and construction

Click to Tweet: Raising new cities and the people who will build them with #deeperlearning.


Still Seeking Equity Fellows

The Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship is still seeking nominations and applications for the third cohort of equity fellows. The fellowship combines face-to-face and online dialogue, school visits, capstone projects, and more to develop and expand Deeper Learning leadership in the public school sector.

Learn more and apply before April 15, 2017.

Equity fellows


Deeper Learning in Action

Twitter can be a great place to see what’s actually happening to promote deeper learning outcomes in (and out!) of classrooms across the country. Here are a few examples. Be sure to follow @DeeperLearning and check out #DeeperLearning for more!

The ‘Deeper Learning Digest’ is a bi-weekly roundup of articles, blog posts, and other content around deeper learning. Be sure to follow @deeperlearning on Twitter and like Deeper Learning on Facebook to stay up to date on all deeper learning news.

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