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Current trends in public education call for creating classrooms that support critical and creative thinking, focus on 21st-century skills, cultivate authentic inquiry, and place students at the center of instruction. This continuing education course, developed using information from The Why, What, Where, and How of Deeper Learning in American Secondary Schools series, is designed to examine the key issues and questions that the surround the movement toward deeper learning in education. The ways in which school district central offices can support the goals of deeper learning by making a genuine commitment to support such ambitious goals are also discussed.
1. Examine the various terms, definitions, and strands of research that are associated with deeper learning at the high school level.
2. Describe the need for deeper learning in all types of schools and classrooms, including typically underserved populations.
3. Discuss how the current movement for deeper learning fits into the broader arc of American school reform history.
4. Summarize the results of research pertaining to the use of deeper learning in contemporary American high schools.
5. Outline the barriers to teaching for deeper learning and outline the about the political, organizational, and cultural conditions that would need to be in place to promote deeper learning for all.
6. Identify specific obstacles that school district central offices face in supporting deeper learning.
7. Analyze how pioneering districts are pursing time and other resources to focus on helping principals support ambitious goals for teachers and students.
8. Review definitive strategies that can help school districts depart from business as they pursue new 21st century objectives.
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