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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
Tuesday November 24, 2015
Jogging along, on a treadmill at an easy pace, I turned the page of my InStyle magazine, and smiled. There, opposite a “How to Wear” editorial spread, was an advertisement—not for the latest boots—but for the XQ Super School Project Challenge. It wasn’t the first time I had heard about the Challenge. I would imagine that most people who work in education had heard that Laurene Powell Jobs was committing $500 million to the herculean task of rethinking high school. The XQ Super School Project invites the public (generally anyone who cares about education and the future) to throw out the...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Student-Centered Learning, Career Pathways, Deeper Learning
Monday November 16, 2015
    Originally posted on Education Week's blog on November 4, 2015. In October, Jobs for the Future's Students at the Center initiative hosted Turning the Corner, a convening of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other influential figures from across the education world. We asked participants to discuss a couple of questions in particular: As the No Child Left Behind era comes to a close, and as the balance of power in education shifts from Capitol Hill to states and school districts, what new opportunities and challenges are likely to be in store for the deeper learning movement...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning