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Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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July 30, 2018 01:57 pm
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“Why Do the White Teachers Always Quit?”

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That morning started like any other that semester. I parked in the visitor lot at the high school in San Antonio, Texas, and showed the receptionist my ID badge with the word “SUBSTITUTE” printed in bold purple letters across the bottom. She smiled and waved me to a desk in the back of the office where she handed me a sticky note with a room number on it. I made my way through the school, searching for the number, as students gathered outside their advisory classes eating their breakfasts. I found my room—an eleventh-grade chemistry class—unlocked the door and reviewed the teacher’s lesson plans for the day. Written across the board in large letters were the classroom expectations: BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, BE READY. In retrospect, these guidelines were perhaps a reminder for me, just as much as for the students. 

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Teacher Preparation
Posted: February 02, 2018 03:25 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Internships Prep High School Students for Careers

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February 02, 2018 03:25 pm
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This week’s digest features a Twitter chat about how to bring more workforce experiences to high school students, why technology alone is not enough to make classrooms centers of 21st century learning, and the benefits of student project exhibitions.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: January 30, 2018 01:32 pm

STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESSES: Diplomas in Indiana, School Choice Debate in Mississippi, Major Funding for Education in Idaho

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January 30, 2018 01:32 pm
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President Trump isn’t the only one addressing Americans about the state of our nation. Governors have taken to stages across the country to deliver state of the state addresses. In early January speeches, governors have focused on life after high school, made big pushes for more education funding, and touched on the school choice debate happening at the local level.

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Alabama, Arizona, Florida, High School Graduation Rates and Secondary School Improvement, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi
Posted: January 19, 2018 05:05 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Stepping Outside the Classroom to Bring Academics to Life

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January 19, 2018 05:05 pm
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How can stepping outside of the classroom engage students in deeper learning? In this week’s digest, stories on math trails and apprenticeships show how to engage students outside of school, while another story on “high-impact” classrooms shows how to transform spaces within schools to deepen student learning.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: January 08, 2018 12:46 pm

How PISA Can Keep Students from Being Duped by Fake News

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January 08, 2018 12:46 pm
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In the past, when students gathered information for a report or term paper they usually read an entry in an encyclopedia or visited a few well-regarded webpages to get what they needed. But that no longer is sufficient. Students now must be acute critical thinkers, able to judge the quality of websites they visit and the information they collect.

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Deeper Learning, International Comparisons
Posted: January 05, 2018 03:50 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: Our Top 5 Deeper Learning Moments of 2017

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January 05, 2018 03:50 pm
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While the countdown to 2018 rang out on New Year’s Eve, we were thinking of another countdown: our top deeper learning moments of 2017. As we kick off the new year, let’s take a quick step back to highlight some of our favorite deeper learning work in 2017.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: December 12, 2017 02:43 pm

What Classifies a Student Subgroup As “Consistently Underperforming?” Here Is What the Approved State ESSA Plans Say

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December 12, 2017 02:43 pm
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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reflects a clear intent to advance equity. Given this, it is critical to analyze how states are exercising their increased discretion to advance educational opportunities and outcomes for historically underserved students.

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Accountability, Elementary & Secondary Education Act, Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: December 08, 2017 05:05 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: What Are the Benefits of Deeper Learning?

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December 08, 2017 05:05 pm
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This week’s digest features news on students’ ability to problem solve, how a curriculum that encourages students to explore “why” can make all the difference, the impact of well-being in the classroom, and how personalizing math education can create deeper learning experiences.

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Deeper Learning, Deeper Learning Digest
Posted: December 05, 2017 09:55 am

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits Another Record High—Are the Gains Real or Manufactured?

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December 05, 2017 09:55 am
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The U.S. stock market is at an all-time high and many investors are beginning to wonder if a crash is on the horizon. Similarly, the national high school graduation rate just hit another record high, leaving some to wonder whether the gains are real or manufactured.

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High School Graduation Rates and Secondary School Improvement
Posted: December 05, 2017 09:32 am

How Do the Problem-Solving Skills of American Students Stack Up Globally?

Skyline High School in Oakland, California. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)
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December 05, 2017 09:32 am
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As they look to fill jobs, employers are looking for students who can think critically and solve problems in new and rapidly changing environments. But how well do American students stack up against the rest of the world when it comes to problem solving? Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), stopped by All4Ed’s office to offer his insights and share findings from a new OECD report.

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Deeper Learning, International Comparisons
Posted: December 04, 2017 11:04 am

Using Adolescent Learning Research to Improve High Schools

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December 04, 2017 11:04 am
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“Today, education is where medicine was in 1910,” stated Dan Leeds, Chairman of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (All4Ed) Board of Directors. Leeds was referring to the pivotal moment in history, after the publication of the Flexner report, when American medical schools began to adhere strictly to the protocols of science in their teaching and research. With modern technological advances and a wider range of research methodologies for studying how humans learn and develop, the field of education likewise now has greater access to research that can guide practitioners and policymakers in how best to design schools to improve student outcomes and close achievement gaps.

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SAL, Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Adolescent Learning Show
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