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Deeper Learning Digest: Why should education be one-size fits all?

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September 19, 2014 12:07 pm


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.

The 2014 PDK Gallup Poll of the public’s attitudes toward public schools found that roughly 60 percent of Americans said they opposed the Common Core State Standards, saying they felt the new standards would limit the flexibility a teacher has in the classroom. But Robert Rothman, senior fellow at the Alliance, argues that “schools have shown that the Common Core does not limit the kind of teaching they want to do to develop students’ deeper learning competencies; instead, the Standards encourage it.” Learning Deeply

A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) provides some answers to whether or not technology can enable students at risk to develop high-level abilities. The report, Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning, notes that simply providing students with technology, or using computers as electronic worksheets, is not enough. Schools need to attend to how the technologies are used. Learning Deeply

Did you miss the Alliance’s Sept. 9 webinar, “Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Schools Are Transforming Teaching and Learning,” featuring Monica Martinez? You can still check it out online to hear the discussion on Martinez’s new book that explores how schools are transforming teaching and learning to enable all students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need for the twenty-first century.

Why should education be one-size fits all? The Nellie Mae Education Foundation doesn’t believe it should. The organization working to make education equitable and more effective across New England and doing so through student-centered, personalized learning that gives the student the chance to shape the way they learn. Student Centered Learning in Action.

There’s little argument against schools and districts aspiring to provide deeper learning for all students, but what exactly does ‘deeper learning’ look like? How will educators, parents, and students know when the lesson plans have truly ‘gone deep?’ Schools in the Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning Initiative are working to produce descriptions and an overarching rubric that assesses the new learning model on a uniform scale. Learning Deeply

What can neuroscience teach our teachers? Teachers and school leaders need to tap into  what it is that makes students want to learn – from paying attention to social learning cues to engaging in what interests them – in efforts to bring some of that ‘magic’ into their classrooms. Innovation Unit

Over three decades, the movement that Ted Sizer, one of the most prominent education-reform advocates, called a “conversation among friends” gave rise to many schools and networks that bore witness to his vision. Under the banner of “deeper learning” they carry on his legacy. And continue to articulate and refine the many paths to powerful teaching and learning. Learning Deeply

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