Deeper Learning

Jal Mehta on Provoking Deeper Learning in High School – Education Article

Jal Mehta (@jal_mehta) grew up in Baltimore the son of a school administrator and college professor. Now as an Assistant Professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Mehta is a leading advocate for deeper learning. Mehta observed that his mentor Richard Elmore was always the most knowledgeable person in the room in large part because he spent time in schools every week. Mehta followed suit and visited the best high schools in the country and co-authored a new book about his…

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The Evolving Role of School Scheduling – Education Article

By: Erin Werra School leaders are often looked up to as agents of change. One big example of polarizing change is the school schedule, whether it’s annual, daily, or some combination of the two. After all, what is more cherished than the end of the school year, looking forward to a sizzling summer break over the next three months? For seasoned educators, those three months signal a future challenge of combating learning loss. Other challenges pop up when creating a…

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The Path to Reading Requires Quality Curriculum – Education Article

By: Stephanie Stephens, Tricia Parker and Liisa Potts  Here’s a hard fact: A staggering 60 percent of fourth grade students in the United States are struggling to read. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, one-third of fourth-graders and one quarter of eighth-graders aren’t reading at a basic level. Fewer than 40 percent are proficient or advanced. These numbers are even more concerning when we look at the significant proficiency gaps based on race and income and we realize that these gaps have barely moved…

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Improving Organizational Culture: Discovering Your Core Strengths – Education Article

We believe that a positive organizational culture can take an organization from good to great. Given the importance of developing healthy leadership and organizations, we have been sharing a few of the tips our team has learned over the years. In our last post, we discussed the importance of finding your personal and organizational why. This is a great reflection exercise for teams to do to keep ever present the reasons why they are embarking upon their work. Reaffirming why…

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Re-imagining the High School Experience – Education Article

When we think of an engaging high school experience, we think of one that encourages students to pursue their passions, provides them with opportunities to work on meaningful real-world projects and opens their eyes to new ways of thinking about complex issues through the use of the design thinking process. This is the type of learning environment that the CUBE School envisions and is one that students in Denver will have an opportunity to experience first-hand, beginning in August 2019. Reimagining High…

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6 Creative Classroom Project Ideas – Education Article

By: Adam Welcome I’ve heard it over and over again for the past ten years: “Our kids will have jobs that haven’t even been created yet.” But how do we get kids ready for jobs that haven’t yet been created? We overhaul the classroom projects we’re doing with kids to help reflect the world we live in and the jobs they’ll someday have. No more dioramas.No more mobiles.No more incessant coloring.No more trifold cardboard presentations for the science fair.No more PowerPoint presentations. It’s…

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Getting Students to Take Control – Education Article

When considering the future of work, it is important to consider what still needs to be done to prepare future generations. It is not a secret that everyone learns differently. In a world that is constantly changing—that is one thing that won’t. As EdReimaginged noted in their report, A transformational vision for education in the U.S., “the current system was designed in a different era and structured for a different society.” So why is it taking so long to adjust…

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How a Community Organization is Helping Students Find and Share Their Voice – Education Article

This is part two of a four-part series about how student engagement increases when students share their learning. We have been exploring how authentic public presentations of learning may lead to increased student engagement and why a campaign called Share Your Learning has been advocating for more teachers, schools, districts, and organizations to commit to sharing student learning. In our last feature, we learned how an elementary school teacher is using student-led conferences to empower her students. We encourage all schools and…

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Brain Research, Creativity and Project-Based Learning – Education Article

For the last 25 years, I’ve been exploring in practice and theory models of inquiry, in particular, project-based learning. In February I’ll publish a new book, Models of Inquiry – Explained, that examines that work and highlights the commonality between the dozen or so models that dominate the K-12 landscape. A growing body of research seems to point in the direction that inquiry is an effective method of achieving positive student outcomes in content knowledge and 21st Century Skills. But of course…

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