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Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

James Pellegrino

October 2012

Deeper learning—a process by which students acquire critical thinking, self-management, and communication skills, among other 21st century competencies—is positively tied to future health, education, and work.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College Readiness, Competency-Based Education

The Art and Science of Designing Competencies

Chris Sturgis

July 2012

Competencies, learning objectives that foster lifelong skills and opportunities for growth, facilitate deeper knowledge and assessment than traditional time-based measurements.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Teachers & School Leaders

Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice

Eric Toshalis and Michael J. Nakkula

July 2012

What motivates students to engage in learning? This report finds that the more that educators use student-centered approaches to learning to reinforce student agency, the more likely students are to be engaged.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Student Voice & Agency, Youth Development

Mind, Brain, and Education

Christina Hinton, Kurt W. Fischer, and Catherine Glennon

July 2012

What does brain research tell us about how we learn and how learning, in turn, shapes the architecture of the brain?

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Youth Development

Latino/a and Black Students and Mathematics

Rochelle Gutierrez and Sonya E. Irving

July 2012

Many students, particularly underserved students, feel disconnected from mathematics, which is often taught without context or relation to everyday life. This 2012 report reviews research on the scope of mathematics in an effort to broaden understanding of where, when, and for whom math happens and the implications for teaching and learning.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Equity, Personalization

Personalization in Schools

Susan Yonezawa, Larry McClure, and Makeba Jones

July 2012

Student-teacher relationships are at the heart of personalization in schools, and play an important role in learning, especially for underserved students.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Personalization, Youth Development

Literacy Practices for African-American Male Adolescents

Alfred W. Tatum

July 2012

Just 38% of 12th graders performed at or above a proficient level in reading in 2009. Despite efforts to close the achievement gap, African-American boys fare even worse in literacy, and schools should deepen efforts to ensure they develop as readers, people, and citizens.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Equity, Youth Development

Steps Toward Valuing Education

Adam F. Simon, Moira O’Neil, and Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor

May 2012

What effect do reframing tools have on issues such as skills and learning, learning time, and assessment?

Tags: Assessment, Learning Time

Leadership in Action: What are Professional Learning Communities?

New England Secondary School Consortium

April 2012

It turns out that we don’t just need more great teachers—we need strong communities of teachers working together to help all students succeed.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Governance & Finance, Policy, Teachers & School Leaders

Assessing Learning

Heidi Andrade, Kristen Huff, and Georgia Brooke

April 2012

Student-centered assessments should be individualized, motivate and engage students, and focus on learning and growth.

Tags: Assessment, Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance, Policy

Mapping the Gap on Skills and Learning

Eric Lindland, Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, Michael Baran, Moira O’Neil, and Adam Simon

April 2012

Researchers map the gaps between the ways that the public and experts think and talk about issues of skills and learning in education.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Teachers & School Leaders, Youth Development

Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age

David H. Rose and Jenna W. Gravel

March 2012

New digital technologies can be used to design curricula that are flexible enough to adapt to individual differences.

Tags: Digital, Education, Learning, Technology

Teachers at Work: Six Exemplars of Everyday Practice

Barbara Cervone and Kathleen Cushman

March 2012

How do we challenge students to do their best? This report highlights six deeper learning schools where teachers and school practices address this question.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Learning Time, Personalization, Teachers & School Leaders

Changing School District Practices

Ben Levin, Amanda Datnow, and Nathalie Carrier

March 2012

Districts play an important role in education, from connecting communities and schools to managing budgets, making them an equally important player in education reform and the push for student-centered learning.

Quality Performance Assessment: Harnessing the Power of Teacher and Student Learning

Christina Brown and Pascale Mevs

February 2012

Quality performance assessments can provide a deep portrait of student mastery for schools and educators. This 2012 report details examples of schools using performance assessment systems and provides a framework and essential elements for implementation.

Tags: Assessment, Competency-Based Education, Curriculum & Instruction

It Takes a Whole Society: Opening Up the Learning Landscape in the High School Years

Robert Halpern

February 2012

Rethinking the high school experience to engage out-of-school partners can provide more effective and personalized learning experiences for students.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Governance & Finance, Policy, Youth Development

Talking about Skills and Learning: A FrameWorks MessageMemo for the Core Story of Education Project

Susan Nall Bales, Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, Eric Lindland, Moira O'Neil, Adam Simon

February 2012

What obstacles prevent education reformers from engaging in meaningful public conversations?

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, Curriculum & Instruction, Youth Development

Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning

Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis

July 2011

Just as there are multiple pathways for students to learn, there are multiple pathways for states to create room for innovation in education policy.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance, Learning Time, Policy

Integrating Technology with Student-Centered Learning

Babette Moeller and Tim Reitzes

July 2011

43% of students feel unprepared to use technology as they look ahead to higher education or work life.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Technology

It's Not a Matter of Time: Highlights from the 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit

Chris Sturgis, Susan Patrick, and Linda Pittenger

July 2011

This report summarizes the key issues discussed at the March 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Learning Time