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Robert Rothman: Deeper learning and the Common Core

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April 03, 2013 07:47 pm

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High schools in the International networks – a group of 14 high schools, most of them based in New York City – aren’t waiting for full implementation of the Common Core State Standards to teach their students using the deeper learning skills emphasized by them. All of the students in the Internationals program are still learning English, and while they do it, teachers engage them in challenging projects that require critical thinking, analyzing arguments and evidence, and collaboration, among other skills. The schools have seen gains in academic achievement and college enrollment.

Robert Rothman, senior fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education, writes about the program’s success, rooted in deeper learning and the Common Core, on the Harvard Education Publishing blog.

“The type of learning that is routine at International is about to become more common in schools across the United States. The Common Core State Standards , which forty-six states and the District of Columbia have adopted, call for deeper learning in a variety of ways, in both English language arts and mathematics,” Rothman writes. “If implemented effectively—a big if—students will be doing a lot more of the kinds of things students at International do daily.”

In his blog post, Rothman emphasizes the need for appropriate professional support and development to help teachers understand how to teach to help students succeed under the new standards. He also points to a recent study out of the University of California, Los Angeles showing the in-progress assessments for the Common Core standards to be promising.

Read the full blog post at Harvard Education Publishing Group.

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