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  • Diving into Deeper Learning (Schools gear up to promote thinking skills)

Deeper learning challenges students to achieve five goals, according to the Washington, DC-based Alliance for Excellent Education.


1. Master core content

2. Think critically

3. Work collaboratively

4. Communicate effectively

5. Be self-reflective

Deeper Learning Networks

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is funding the following networks to serve as examples to schools that succeed in developing deeper learning and to share ideas and resources to help spread deeper learning to more schools across the country:

Instructional Design Principles for Deeper Learning

In its 2012 report Education for Life and Work, the national Research Council identified the following research-based methods for developing deeper learning:

  • Use multiple and varied representations of concepts and tasks
  • Encourage elaboration, questioning, and self-explanation
  • Engage learners in Challenging tasks, with supportive guidance and feedback
  • Teach with examples and cases
  • Prime student motivation
  • Use formative assessment

Robert Rothman, Harvard Education Letter,  March/April 2013, Volume 29, Number 2

  • 7 Hats Principals Must Be Prepared To Wear
    Recently, I was asked to speak to a group of teachers who are interested in becoming school principals. My task was to summarize some of the principal’s roles and ………….


  • 5 Habits of an Innovative Educator  – Habits are unconscious patterns of behavior that are acquired with frequent repetition. This post will look at what habits exist among innovative educators. While the conditions in education are not ideal for our disruptive educators, there are individuals working hard from within the system to create change. Whether you are looking to join them, better understand them, or you are one of them, this post is for you.


  • 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently – Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process.


  • Creativity and The Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians- Listening to jazz musicians improvise, how the piano player’s chords toy with the sax player’s runs and the standup bass player’s beats, it may seem like their music-making process is simply magic. But research of jazz musicians’ brain activity as they improvise is helping shed light on the neuroscience behind creativity, and it turns out creating that magic is not as serendipitous a process as we might think.


  • Facing The Inhibitors of Creativity & Innovation – It is only in our willingness to persist in the face of fear, judgment and the unknown…that we give opportunity for our creative and innovative ideas to be realized. Whenever we are engaging creative and innovative ideas.



  • Resilience and Innovation in Education –  The reality of the work of someone with the “innovator’s mindset” is that the work is going to be questioned because it is something new and can often make those around them uncomfortable. Comments like “let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater” are often disguises of a fear of moving forward. If you really think about change, many people are comfortable with a known average, than the possibility of an unknown great.  With that in mind, to be innovative, we will have to focus on moving forward even when there is risk of failure and being criticized involved.


  • Five Critical Skills to Empower Students in the Digital Age  – The beginning of the school year is a time to set the tone for a student’s learning experience, including what teachers expect from students and families. But that first week of school is also the time to teach valuable learning skills that will be used throughout the year. Alan November, a former teacher turned lecturer, consultant and author, challenged teachers to rethink how they start the school year by outlining skills that are crucial to students to learn in the first five days of school. He shared his vision at the International Society for Technology in Educationconference in Philadelphia.


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