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Deeper Learning Digest: The Evidence Is In…

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October 03, 2014 12:28 pm

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The ‘Deeper Learning Digest’ is a bi-weekly roundup of articles, blog posts, and other content around deeper learning. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed to stay up-to-date on all deeper learning news. Please be sure to follow @deeperlearning on Twitter for more on deeper learning.


New research from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) reveals that students who attend schools with a focus on deeper learning are more likely to graduate on time and demonstrate higher achievement and test scores, as well as an increased likelihood of college attendance. Further, these students show an ability to develop critical thinking and to work effectively with others.

After you check out the report, be sure to check out this blog from Robert Rothman, senior fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education, delving in the great implications of the AIR study and what the results could mean for education equity.

Bob Lenz, founder and chief of innovation of Envision Education, further considers the AIR study on deeper learning and what it means for all students’ ability – regardless of background, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status – to develop higher levels of “academic engagement, collaboration, motivation and self-efficacy.” Learning Deeply

Rafeal Heller, principal policy analyst at Jobs for the Future (JFF), considers what the report’s findings might mean for the capacity to measure the development of inter- and intra-personal competencies. Learning Deeply

Schools in the Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning Initiative are working to produce descriptions of what classifies as deeper learning, what achieved deeper learning looks like, and possibly most importantly – how do educators quantify these outcomes? An overarching rubric that assesses the new learning model would make the deeper learning process clear, cohesive, and measurable. Learning Deeply

A new report from the Alliance and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) finds that technology—when implemented properly—can produce significant gains in student achievement and boost engagement, particularly among students most at risk. The report, Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning, makes the deeper learning policy recommendation of purchasing and using technology for interactivity and engagement in schools.

And great teachers are ready to take on the innovative model of deeper learning. Sean McComb, the 2014 National Teacher of the Year, writes that the learning approach equips individuals with creativity, innovative thinking, and perseverance needed in today’s society. “We should prepare students by helping them develop these skills across all subjects,” said McComb. The Huffington Post

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