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Posted: September 14, 2018 10:51 am

Deeper Learning Digest: What Happens When Students Feel Like They Belong?

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September 14, 2018 10:51 am
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What happens when students feel that their voice matters? How does a sense of belonging contribute to student agency and the choices they might make in their approach to learning?

This week’s digest explores these questions and how EL Education is answering them through an inquiry-based learning approach. It also highlights a new documentary film on how communities can bring deeper learning to students, four key areas for leaders of project-based learning, and a new Design Studio event hosted by Jobs for the Future.

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Posted: September 13, 2018 04:24 pm

Documentary Film The Long View Highlights One Community’s Efforts to Bring Deeper Learning to Its Students

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September 13, 2018 04:24 pm
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This blog post is written by Susan Zeig, producer/director of The Long View.

One of the most common unifiers of people all over the world is the desire for a good education. Parents and guardians want this for the children in their lives, and young people want this for themselves as soon as they are old enough to appreciate its worth.

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Posted: September 06, 2018 11:31 am

Supporting Equity in Alabama

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September 06, 2018 11:31 am
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In the fall of 2017, advocates from A+ Education Partnership, a nonprofit education policy and practice organization in Alabama, contacted the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) for help in ensuring that the state’s plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) would hold schools accountable for the performance of historically underserved students.

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Posted: September 05, 2018 09:40 am

Federal Flash Goes Back To School! Students Weigh in on Low-Performing Schools & Career and Technical Education

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September 05, 2018 09:40 am
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What better way to kick off the school year than have students liven up the Federal Flash? This episode features Justice, a tenth-grade student at a public charter school and Elizabeth and Katie, both eighth graders in traditional public schools.

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Posted: August 24, 2018 02:43 pm

Federal Flash: DeVos’s Gun Plan

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August 24, 2018 02:43 pm
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The Senate passed its education spending bill this week, but the biggest debate wasn’t over whether low-income students should receive more funding. It was whether Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will allow school districts to buy guns with school safety money.

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Posted: August 20, 2018 01:11 pm

Creating a Culture of Innovation for Highline Public Schools

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August 20, 2018 01:11 pm
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Highline Public Schools is a large urban-suburban school district located just outside of Seattle, Washington. Of the district’s approximately 20,000 students, 77 percent are students of color and 67 percent come from low-income families. More than one-quarter of the students are learning to speak English. 

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Posted: August 13, 2018 11:18 am

“Democracy Must Be Learned by Each Generation”: The Importance of Elevating Student Voice

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August 13, 2018 11:18 am
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At the start of my sophomore year of high school, a friend introduced me to a statewide Pennsylvania Youth and Government (YAG) program. “You get to write laws,” I remember her saying excitedly, while showing me the more than 500 pages of student bills. “You’re like a legislator.” Every student bill that was signed by the program’s youth governor landed on the desk of Pennsylvania’s real governor to consider as legitimate legislation. To me, the concept of having the chance to advise state policy as an adolescent was revolutionary. During the next three years, YAG gave me the confidence to voice the opinions that I previously thought were unworthy of consideration and I became aware of policy issues I did not know existed. The program changed my life, and the skills I gained from it will be long lasting.  

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Posted: August 10, 2018 02:04 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Taking to “Twitter” for Social Emotional Learning

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August 10, 2018 02:04 pm
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Sometimes, diving into emotions requires going back to the basics. For one teacher, this means stepping away from the world of online social media and creating a “Twitter board” full of hand written “tweets.”

This week’s digest also explores how a garden in the Bronx changed students’ minds, connecting state assessments to classroom practice, and some great deeper learning action from social media! And if you’re exploring whether to launch a deeper learning initiative or want to strengthen or expand existing deeper learning practices, we have resources for you.

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Posted: August 07, 2018 01:56 pm

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Adolescence

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August 07, 2018 01:56 pm
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Most people know that adolescents face dramatic changes in their appearance, but they do not know those changes are accompanied by biological changes in their brains too. These years of adolescence are a time of great opportunity and a time of increased vulnerability for students.

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