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Monday February 16, 2015
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JFF’s Policy Recommendations to Prepare All Students for College, Careers, and Civic Life While it may come as a surprise to some, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is moving ever onward, with the House Education and Workforce Committee approving the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) last week, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee moving forward with hearings and bipartisan discussions.  We are encouraged by Congressional members’ enthusiasm for improving the law, and we are particularly encouraged by the prospect of a bipartisan...
Tags: Federal K-12 Policy, Deeper Learning
Tuesday January 13, 2015
This post first appeared in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog on December 12, 2014. There's something about technology that tends to bring out the hyperbole in otherwise reasonable people. Strike up a casual conversation about the latest advance in virtual reality, say, or robotics, or artificial intelligence, and the next thing you know you'll be tossing around terms like transformational, revolutionary, and game-changing or, if you prefer your glass half empty, phases like "more dangerous than nuclear weapons." So when my colleagues and I at Jobs for the Future's Students at the...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Blended Learning
Monday December 15, 2014
The American Institutes for Research, in May of this year, released a study tracking the progress of students who attended high schools in the Deeper Learning Network and comparing their outcomes to those of similar students from non-Network schools. AIR defined this as an early “proof of concept” study, though the findings were still exciting. Relative to the comparison group, students who attended Network schools were more likely to finish high school on time, went on to college in greater numbers, got higher scores on state achievement tests, did better on assessments of problem solving,...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning
Monday November 10, 2014
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This post first appeared in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog, authored by Heidi Andrade, School of Education Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Methodology, University at Albany, Albany, NY. I was pleased to moderate the discussion at Jobs for the Future's launch event for its new Deeper Learning Research Series of white papers.  The ideas about teaching, learning, and assessment presented by the panelists—David Conley and James Taylor—are not new or radical, but they are critically important and extremely timely. Why "not new"?...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning