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Monday May 8, 2017
People notes coffee tea
Much ink has been spilled describing the rapid pace of change in the U.S. labor market and the resulting disaffection and frustration it has caused low-income and working-class populations across the country. Already, because of automation, the U.S. manufacturing sector now makes 85 percent more goods than it did in 1987, but with only two-thirds the number of workers. This is just the tip of the iceberg: according to Oxford University, 47 percent of workers in America “are likely to be substituted by computer capital” in the years ahead. To keep U.S. manufacturing—and other key sectors of...
Tags: Future of Work, Student-Centered Learning, Federal Workforce Policy
Tuesday January 24, 2017
Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative
Originally posted on StudentsattheCenterHub.org on January 17, 2017.  Here’s an alarming thought: What if our educational research questions, policies, and practices sometimes arise as much from ignorance as they do from evidence? I’m wondering this because I have a confession: When I was a middle school teacher, I never read educational research. Mostly this was because I had little time to do so amid the demands of teaching, but it was also because I didn’t know where to look, what to ask, or whether to care about what scholars were discovering. My day-to-day focus was on the practical and...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning
Wednesday August 24, 2016
Students and teacher in a discussion
Originally posted in Education Week on July 25, 2016. Earlier this year, Grover "Russ" Whitehurst wrote a lengthy critique, featured on the Brookings Institution's site, of the ways in which the teaching and assessment of "soft skills" have begun to play out in K-12 education. It's a provocative piece, and if you haven't seen it yet, then you might want to add it to your Deeper Learning/back-to-school reading list. As the Bush-era director of the Institute of Education Sciences and chief architect of the What Works Clearinghouse, Whitehurst is well-known for taking a hardline stance on what...
Tags: Deeper Learning, ESSA, Student-Centered Learning
Wednesday April 27, 2016
Career and technical education appears to be enjoying a resurgence these days. From President Obama's Ready to Work Initiative and the Department of Labor's American Apprenticeship grants, to the California Career Readiness Initiative and the states participating in CCSSO's Career Readiness Initiative, hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into CTE, and everyone seems to be talking about work-based learning. Should proponents of deeper learning be alarmed by this resurgence? Does it suggest a return to tracking poor and minority students into non-academic programs? Or does this moment...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning
Wednesday April 27, 2016
Ask three policy wonks what they think of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and you'll likely get four or five answers. At recent meetings and conferences, experts have told me that ESSA "kills off No Child Left Behind, once and for all," and they've also told me that it amounts to "NCLB 2.0." I've heard ESSA called both a "game changer" and "the same old, same old." I've been assured that it symbolizes a renewed commitment to the principle of local control, and I've been assured that it's just a temporary stopgap measure, giving federalists a chance to catch their breath and plan for...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Summit