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Learning Deeply

In this blog, organized by Harvard education professor Jal Mehta and Washington-based education writer Robert Rothman, students, teachers, administrators, researchers, and policymakers explored the practice and policy issues around expanding deeper learning. This blog is no longer being updated, but you can continue to explore these issues on by visiting our related topic pages: student learning.

Education Opinion The Blog Is Ending, But Deeper-Learning Work Goes On
In their final post for Learning Deeply, Robert Rothman and Jal Mehta reflect on the deeper-learning movement and the role the blog played in it.
Robert Rothman, January 8, 2019
2 min read
Education Opinion Race, Grit, Unlearning, and Systems Change: A Dozen Favorites From the Past Five Years
Jal Mehta highlights a dozen of his "greatest hits," some of his most significant blog posts from the past five years.
Jal Mehta, January 7, 2019
3 min read
School Climate & Safety Opinion How Districts Can Empower Teachers to Lead Change
In this post, John Watkins describes how the Oakland school district empowered its teachers to develop a new approach to developing and evaluating senior capstone projects.
Jal Mehta, December 27, 2018
9 min read
Education Opinion The Paradox of Leading for Deeper Learning
Spreading deeper learning across districts requires a different type of leadership, one that avoids top-down mandates and allows learning and ownership.
Jal Mehta, December 20, 2018
9 min read
Education Opinion New School Models in the U.S.: 10 Things We Have Learned
Working with innovative schools in the United States has taught this U.K.-based nonprofit a number of lessons that will help in its redesign of new schools in the United Kingdom.
Contributing Blogger, December 17, 2018
8 min read
Equity & Diversity Opinion Disadvantage Is Not Destiny: Equity From a Global Perspective
Achievement gaps are a global phenomenon, but some countries do better than others in bringing disadvantaged students to high levels of learning.
Robert Rothman, December 5, 2018
5 min read
Education Opinion Developing Assessments for Learning That Lead to Equity
A California school engages students in internships that deepen their learning and assesses their competencies in ways that promote equity.
Contributing Blogger, November 29, 2018
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Personalized Learning Opinion Does Your School Support Deep, Long-Lasting Learning? Part 2: Flexible, Student-Centered Learning
Research suggests ways to design schools that are responsive to students' various differences and that ask them to take a more hands-on role in shaping their own learning.
Contributing Blogger, November 19, 2018
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Education Opinion Does Your School Support Deep, Long-Lasting Learning? Part 1: Emotions and Social Connections
How can schools be designed to incorporate students' emotions and social connections?
Contributing Blogger, November 14, 2018
7 min read
Student Well-Being Opinion Harnessing the Power of Hope for Students
The 2017 Teacher of the Year describes ways to show students that their voices are powerful.
Contributing Blogger, November 9, 2018
4 min read
Student Well-Being Opinion A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Reaching 'School Skeptics' Through High-Challenge Interventions
Introducing "school skeptics" to gifted and talented curriculum helps engage them and keep them out of the school-to-prison pipeline.
Contributing Blogger, November 8, 2018
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Education Opinion Storytelling: Deeper Than Learning
Telling stories, rather than explaining, encourages a deeper connection and invites the listener to create her own meaning.
Contributing Blogger, November 5, 2018
4 min read
Student Well-Being Opinion 'Who' and 'What' Play Ball for a Winning Combination for Youth Development
Connections and relationships (who) matter as much as knowledge and skills (what), argues Elliot Washor.
Contributing Blogger, October 31, 2018
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Assessment Opinion What Is a Good School?
The quality of a school is evident in student work and how it is assessed, says Justin Wells of Envision Learning Partners.
Contributing Blogger, October 25, 2018
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