The effectiveness of professional development depends on how teachers experience it, not necessarily on the "best practices."
In this blog, Jal Mehta reflects on stages of white understandings of race, with implications for education.
Because the need for social justice and for the ability to solve complex problems are equally urgent, critical pedagogy and constructivism are both necessary to support deep learning for all students.
Why Dewey Needs Freire, But Not Vice Versa; Critical Consciousness-Raising as a Form of Deeper Learning
Although the two approaches are often considered in separate silos, critical pedagogy, done properly, is deeper learning.
To build a professional culture that embraces deeper learning, leaders need to walk the talk, a former EL Education principal says.
A former principal suggests that improving teacher practice requires leaders to engage teachers in improvement and providing time and support for teacher collaboration.
An EL Education school shows that a focus on deeper learning demands leaders who trust and support teachers to create rich curriculum and to engage students as whole beings rather than simply as data points.
A new study from the Rand Corporation finds modest gains in student achievement from schools implementing personalization, but challenges in making it work.
A San Francisco teacher finds that Sustained Silent Reading helps engage students in reading, which enables them to learn about themselves and other cultures and build critical skills.
Equity means honoring the unique qualities of each student, not expecting all students to do the same things. A network of "next generation" schools has discovered lessons in applying that principle.