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Tuesday August 25, 2015
Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom
This post is by Rebecca E. Wolfe, director of Students at the Center at Jobs for the Future, and Sarah Hatton, program manager at Jobs for the Future. Originally posted on Education Week's blog on August 13, 2015. Last Monday, the nine states that are part of the Innovation Lab Network, a group convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers, gathered at a meeting hosted by CCSSO, in partnership with Jobs for the Future and other organizations, to advance the work of the ILN states. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and engage with the newly released Educator Competencies for...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Competency Education
Monday August 24, 2015
Originally posted on Education Week's blog on August 12, 2015. As the deeper learning movement expands, how will we ensure that it also includes? Over the coming years, will we find ways to provide all children with meaningful opportunities to develop the full range of intellectual, interpersonal, and intrapersonal capacities that we know to be critical to success in college, careers, and civic life (i.e., the "success skills," to use David Conley's shorthand)? Or will we look back in a couple of decades to find that while instruction has become a bit more vibrant and student-centered in the...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning
Wednesday July 8, 2015
Q&A with Rebecca Wolfe, personalized learning's biggest advocate By Nick Chiles What would schools look like if they were designed around the needs of students? That’s the question that drives the work of Rebecca Wolfe, director of the Massachusetts-based Students at the Center project, part of the nonprofit Jobs For the Future. Called “personalized learning,” the idea sounds simple: Let the students dictate the direction and pace of instruction. Its adherents claim that not only will student outcomes improve, but point to research that shows it works particularly well for students of...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Blended Learning
Monday May 18, 2015
Maine Schools Transition to Proficiency-Based Diplomas By Vicki Ritterband and Rafael HellerThis article was published in the March/April 2015 issue of the Harvard Education Letter, published at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the vast majority of the nation’s schools, students are grouped by age and move along in lockstep from one yearlong course to the next until, at the end of the 12th grade, they acquire a sufficient number of credit hours—or Carnegie units—to graduate. It doesn’t matter whether they soak up the given material in September or barely grasp it in June;...
Tags: Competency Education, Student-Centered Learning
Thursday March 5, 2015
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On February 5, Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit that advocates for all youth to gain the skills they need to succeed in the economy, released a paper entitled Civic Education and Deeper Learning by CIRCLE Director Peter Levine and Deputy Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg. This paper was funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as part of its deeper learning initiative. It was discussed at a Harvard Graduate School of Education event: “More than College Readiness: Engaging Students in Work and Civic Life.” The Hewlett deeper learning initiative envisions K-12 students “using...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning