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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 October 26, 2016
Originally posted in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog on October 11, 2016.  Since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed, nearly a year ago, many in the education world have kept their fingers crossed and their eyes pinned to the horizon, anxiously waiting to see which states will make serious efforts to overhaul their school accountability systems. Now that No Child Left Behind's testing strictures have been loosened, K-12 leaders would seem to have a golden opportunity to pursue more sophisticated and useful ways of gauging student learning. But will they seize that...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Federal K-12 Policy, Summit, ESSA
Thursday August 25, 2016
By guest
Superintendent Daniel King, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (Texas) Independent School District, Assistant Superintendent Berta Peña, Brownsville (Texas) Independent School District, and Superintendent Antwan Wilson, Oakland Unified School District speak at the Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility Summit in New Orleans.
Superintendent Daniel King, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (Texas) Independent School District, Assistant Superintendent Berta Peña, Brownsville (Texas) Independent School District, and Superintendent Antwan Wilson, Oakland Unified School District speak at the Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility Summit in New Orleans. Originally posted in the Alliance for Excellent Education's Deeper Learning.  By Donique Reid A child born into a family in the lowest income quintile has a 45 percent chance of remaining there if that child drops out of high school, while as a college graduate that child has...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Summit, Economic Mobility
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
Monday July 25, 2016
Originally posted in Education Week on July 13, 2016. "College and career readiness"--we hear the phrase so often these days that this mantra of education reform can sound mechanical, almost meaningless. So it's high time to revisit what the words mean now that state and local officials are wrestling with questions about how to achieve the goal of preparing every student for college and careers, as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Are college and career readiness the same thing? Or are there different sets of skills, competencies, and attributes for each? And as ESSA...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Federal K-12 Policy, Summit, ESSA