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Scaling Up Deeper Learning Approaches in Public Schools

Event, Webinar

Event Details

December 11, 2019

Scaling Up Deeper Learning Approaches in Public Schools

Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute, and Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus, Stanford University
Deb Delisle, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Excellent Education
Laura Hernández, Senior Researcher and Co-Lead of the Deeper Learning Team, Learning Policy Institute
Julie Kessler, Supervisor, Innovation and Design, San Francisco Unified School District
Jim May, Chief Schools Officer, New Tech Network
Sonn Sam, Ed.D., Regional Director, Big Picture Learning

On December 11, 2019, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Learning Policy Institute held a Webinar to discuss the scaling of Deeper Learning appraoches in public schools. Deeper learning approaches help students to develop the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills alongside academic skills that are necessary for success in college, career, and citizenship. These approaches have been in use for decades, but effective ways to sustain and scale up these learning approaches remains elusive. This is especially true in underserved and under-resourced schools, which serve the highest numbers of low-income students and students of color. These schools often rely on narrow curriculum focusing on basic skills and content knowledge with fewer opportunities for students to engage in meaningful learning.

This webinar featured experts from the field and researchers who discussed the challenges and opportunities educators and district leaders face in expanding deeper learning. The discussion featured new research from the Learning Policy Institute that highlights how three networks— Big Picture Learning, Internationals Network for Public Schools, and New Tech Network—have partnered with traditionally structured public school districts to create systems and processes that spread deeper learning models in ways that advance equity and result in greater success for traditionally marginalized students.

Panelists shared insights from their efforts in the field and discussed how they have leveraged policies, professional learning, and partnerships to establish and grow deeper learning in different settings. As decision makers at the school, district, and state level look for ways to immerse all students in deeper learning environments, this webinar shed light on promising approaches that can support the spread of equitable, student-centered learning in U.S. schools.

Please note: Registrants who cannot watch the webinar live will receive the archived video after the webinar airs.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those underperforming and those historically underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. @all4ed

The Learning Policy Institute conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others, the Institute seeks to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the Institute connects policymakers and stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the education system from preschool through college and career readiness. @LPI_learning

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