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Deeper Learning Digest: Spreading Deeper Learning

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May 05, 2017 02:56 pm

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This week’s digest features reflection on “scaling” deeper learning, examines the value and perception of career and technical programs, and highlights an innovative class of students working to help an overfishing problem across the world.

“Scaling Up” with Deeper Learning

Inspired by the innovation and excitement at the Deeper Learning Conference in March, Libby Woodfin, director of publications at EL Education, explores the topic of how to “scale up” deeper learning. Libby shares what many other organizations, educators, and advocates in the deeper learning space often feel: the buy in is there, but how can we translate these experiences to students that need it most?

“The reality is that deeper learning can feel intimidating…Feeling defeated before you even start risks keeping deeper learning opportunities from students who need them the most,” Libby writes. In the spirit of starting somewhere, Libby begins with “going bigger by starting smaller,” describing how “If deeper learning is the bonfire of in-depth, complex, and authentic projects, we hope that deeper instruction can be the box of matches that will get it lit.”

Read her full post in Education Week’s Learning Deeply blog to get some ideas.


Reflections on Deeper Learning, Six Years Later

Hear from Hewlett Foundation’s Barbara Chow on its deeper learning work, then and now. The foundation’s deeper learning grantmaking, which began six years ago, sought to spread a set of skills that all students should have to be better prepared as college students, workers, and citizens. As Barbara’s time as education program director comes to an end, she shares reflections on how the deeper learning movement has grown and what’s next. Check it out:


Real-World Skills Through CTE Programs

How do students and parents feel about career and technical education? A new report by Advance CTE seeks to understand the attitudes of parents and students toward CTE programs to try and address a perception problem that is contributing to stagnant enrollment over the last decade, despite the increasing demand for a more skilled workforce.

The survey found that high school students who participated in CTE programs and their parents are more satisfied with their overall education experience when compared with those not involved in a CTE program. In fact, the findings show that “CTE programs are most valued for their ability to provide real-world skills within the education system, offering concrete and tangible benefits related to college and career success.”

Advance CTE report

Find out more about the insights revealed in the report, The Value and Promise of Career Technical Education: Results from a National Survey of Parents and Students and how the results can be used to communicate the value and promise of CTE, especially for traditionally underserved students.


Saving Dory, One Classroom at a Time

Students at High Tech High decided to do something about the overfishing of blue tang fish (known to many as the character Dory in Finding Nemo) in Indonesia, which is wreaking havoc on the coral reef system. Moving their studies beyond the classroom, the students teamed up with Sea World and Rising Tide Conservation to investigate new methods for breeding the fish in captivity and transform their classroom into a fish laboratory. Check out the action in the video below.

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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