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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


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
Thursday March 5, 2015
By guest
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
Friday February 27, 2015
This blog was originally posted on the Learning Deeply Blog on Education Week. While policymakers often use the phrase "college and career readiness" to describe the goals of K-12 education, the truth is that most school reform initiatives focus on college readiness alone. Career readiness is often treated as an afterthought, as if it were just a side-effect of completing a college-prep curriculum and not something to be pursued in its own right. However—and as I argue in a newly released report, Let's Get Real: Deeper Learning and the Power of the Workplace (the latest in Students at the...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Career and Technical Education, Work-Based Learning
Wednesday February 25, 2015
This blog was originally posted on GenDIY Blog on Huffington Post Education. This blog was also available on Tom Vander Ark's Getting Smart Blog. If you're between 16 and 24, you've probably looked for a job, and maybe you've been lucky enough to find a decent one. But you may also have had this very common problem: if you don't have experience you can't get a job, and if you can't get a job, you can't get experience. And school doesn't help very much—you're supposed to be preparing for college and career, but the career prep is often a fiction. Besides work is way off in the future. Now...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Work-Based Learning
Tuesday February 24, 2015
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This post is authored by Peter Levine, the director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), at Tufts University, and Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, the deputy director of CIRCLE. Last month, Arizona and North Dakota became the first two states to require high school students to take and—if they wish to graduate—exceed a cut-off score on the civics test that the federal government administers to individuals seeking to become naturalized U.S. citizens. At last count, similar laws are pending in fourteen other state legislatures. Proponents argue that...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning