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Posted: September 07, 2016 02:35 pm

A “Softer” Side to Deeper Learning: Building Students’ Social-Emotional Skills

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September 07, 2016 02:35 pm
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The concept of social and emotional learning (SEL) has grown within the education field as a means of preparing students adequately for college and a career. Although the exact definition of SEL varies, SEL generally refers to how students “manage emotions and deal with traumas in order to persist in their academic work.”  SEL is just as important as knowing how to interpret informational text and is a necessary foundation for students to experience deeper learning in the classroom.

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Posted: September 06, 2016 05:11 pm

After a Summer of Tragedy, Keeping the Classroom Meaningful

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September 06, 2016 05:11 pm
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As students return to their classrooms, there are certain conversations schools must be prepared to have. In the wake of this summer’s tragedies in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and suburban St. Paul and growing racial tensions across the United States, the landscape of both civil rights and education have been altered permanently. In response, schools and communities must find a way to keep the classroom meaningful and relevant to the students who watched these injustices unfold firsthand or across the national media.

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Posted: September 02, 2016 09:30 am

Deeper Learning Digest: Using Project-Based Learning to Prepare Students for Real World

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September 02, 2016 09:30 am
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As part of the “It’s a Project-Based World” series, Getting Smart and Buck Institute for Education (BIE) released a new paper exploring how growing inequities and the new economy are impacting students, schools, and instructional design, with the goal of highlighting better ways to prepare students for a project-based world. The interactive publication features blogs, podcasts, and videos to bring research and concepts to life. The paper’s authors, Bonnie Lathram, Bob Lenz, and Tom Vander Ark, dive deeper into several key areas to make the case for high-quality project-based learning (PBL), including the following:

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Posted: August 26, 2016 12:30 pm

Gov. Wise Celebrates a West Virginia PROMISE

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August 26, 2016 12:30 pm
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This week, Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and current president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of the funding of the PROMISE scholarship, signed into law by Wise during his first year as governor. The PROMISE scholarship is a state-sponsored, merit-based scholarship program that enables eligible West Virginia residents to attend any public or private college or university within the state. Wise, West Virginia University (WVU) President Gordon Gee, and several current and former PROMISE recipients gathered on Tuesday for a roundtable discussion and cake-cutting celebration at WVU to mark this milestone anniversary.

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Posted: August 22, 2016 01:07 pm

Reflections on PISA: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Heading

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August 22, 2016 01:07 pm
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The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial, global test of fifteen-year-olds in mathematics, science, and reading abilities taken alongside a questionnaire about their school experiences. The assessment also surveys principals about their students’ learning environments, from the physical location of the school to the activities offered. Since the test’s first administration in 2000, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has collected PISA results from millions of students representing seventy different countries and economies.

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Posted: August 05, 2016 04:20 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Promoting Opportunities for Deeper Learning

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August 05, 2016 04:20 pm
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How are different states helping to promote deeper learning? The Great Lakes and Midwest Regional Deeper Learning Initiative at American Institutes for Research  shows how state education agencies are enhancing competency-based education initiatives, personalized learning, flexible learning pathways, and more to help expand deeper learning opportunities in more schools. The figure below shows deeper learning approaches happening at the state-level (click the image to expand).

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Posted: August 03, 2016 11:11 am

Playing Around: How Games Can Support Deeper Learning

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August 03, 2016 11:11 am
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As part of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (Alliance’s) ongoing series about how districts and schools foster deeper learning outcomes for students, the Alliance contacted Greg Toppo, the national K–12 education reporter for USA Today and author of the book The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter, to discuss the impacts of game-based learning on teachers and students. Below is an excerpt from the discussion with Toppo.

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Posted: July 22, 2016 03:56 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Changing Pedagogy, Beliefs to Expand Deeper Learning

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July 22, 2016 03:56 pm
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Joey Hunziker, senior associate at the Innovation Lab Network at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), writes about states’ opportunity and “responsibility” under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to ensure that communities and stakeholders are involved in decisions that support personalized learning approaches and effective practices on the ground. Hunziker stresses the need for a clear pathway between schools and districts, and stakeholders and states, to communicate and share what’s working in schools. “Letting experiences in the classroom inform the way state education agencies support schools and districts” would help support innovation in teaching and learning at a local level, Hunziker writes. He shares the example of Colorado, where the state education agency has been learning about the competency-based, deeper learning practices in local schools. Read more: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning_deeply/2016/07/how_better_engagement_can_support_innovation_and_deeper_learning.html.

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Posted: July 20, 2016 05:01 pm

Doing the “Impossible”: Shifting Beliefs to Enable Deeper Learning for All Students

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July 20, 2016 05:01 pm
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A child born into a family in the lowest income quintile has a 45 percent chance of remaining there if that child drops out of high school, while as a college graduate that child has only a 16 percent chance, according to the Brookings Institution. Clearly, students who are college and career ready are more likely to experience economic mobility. This was the theme at the recent Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility Summit hosted by Jobs for the Future (JFF), where presenters emphasized the economic imperative to prepare all students for college, a career, and life.

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