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Deeper Learning Digest: Teaching for Deeper Learning

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March 03, 2017 03:32 pm

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In a powerful post on Education Week’s Learning Deeply blog, Meg Riordan, the Director of External Research with EL Education, emphasizes the importance of deeper learning for all students, but especially for traditionally underserved students.

“Teaching and learning is an issue of civil rights. In schools serving students of color and low-income students, learners are too often filling out worksheets: there is high compliance but low engagement, inquiry, critical thinking, or creation of new ideas,” writes Riordan.

“Without deeper learning–learning defined as not only mastering skills and content, but also the ability to think critically, collaborate, communicate effectively, self-direct learning, and believe in oneself–we close doors to millions of our nation’s children, tacitly saying that meaningful learning is meant for some, but not for all.”

Riordan proposes one solution to close this gap, by building teachers’ deeper instructional skills so that all teachers can challenge, engage, and empower their students. She calls for teaching that disrupts inequity. Read her full post to find out how Riordan suggests making this change:


Listen More, Risk More, Learn More

eSchool News tells the story of one teacher, Stacey Roshan, who leverages technology to learn when, how, and why her students make mistakes and shift her instruction accordingly. The result? Her students experience deeper learning.

“In her blended classroom, there is less transfer of knowledge from the teacher, more conversations of problem solving among the students, and more listening and learning by the teacher about how students learn. All of this represents a major shift of control to the students, resulting in deep learning on their part.”

Learn more about Stacey focuses on how her students learn instead of how to deliver her knowledge:


Philosophy: A Path to Deeper Learning?

Turning to philosophy to help boost math and literacy skills seems like an unlikely scenario, but according to a recent study, students who participated in weekly philosophical discussions saw significant gains in math and reading scores. Each week, these 3,000 nine- and ten-year-old students had time to explore the concepts of knowledge, truth, justice, and more with “silent reflection, question making, question airing, and building on one another’s’ thoughts and ideas” reports Quartz.

As a result, “kids who took the course increased math and reading scores by the equivalent of two extra months of teaching, even though the course was not designed to improve literacy or numeracy.” Most importantly, students from disadvantaged backgrounds had even more significant gains, with reading skills increased by four months, math by three months, and writing by two months.

Check it out:


Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship

The Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship is now seeking nominations and applications for the third cohort of equity fellows. So what is the Equity Fellowship and what does it entail?

“Through a combination of face-to-face and online dialogue, school visits, conversations with prominent senior education leaders, and independent or partnered Fellow capstone projects, the program will provide Fellows with the perspectives and tools necessary for effective and expanded Deeper Learning leadership in the public school sector.”

Learn more and apply before April 15, 2017.

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Deeper Learning Conference

The fifth annual Deeper Learning conference is coming up at the end of this month, March 29-31, in San Diego, California. Educators focused on creating deeper learning opportunities will gather together to connect, collaborate, and learn. The event is almost sold out, but you can still register here

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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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