During this political transition, giving students real material to engage with and supporting them to do work that matters to them will help them become ethical adults who contribute to a better world.
Schools can promote democracy--and build academic skills--by engaging students in consequential projects that contribute to the public good, says Ron Berger of EL Education.
An initiative under way in ten states will enable schools to make learning more relevant for students and close the skills gap.
Instead of reforming the current inequitable system, states need to redesign education systems to enable all students to become prepared for college, career, and citizenship.
As Senators begin to question Betsy DeVos, the nominee to be U.S. Secretary of Education, they would do well to listen to students about what matters in schools.
Managing information and acting on information are two distinct strands of work that must interlock. An initiative by New Visions for Public Schools and a partner high school shows how that can be done.
Well-designed project-based learning engages students with peers and with their community, which helps them build their knowledge and skills and enables them to solve problems that are personally meaningful.
The "race problem" afflicting the movement toward deeper learning is the same one that afflicts society at large, argues Sam Seidel.
A teacher at High Tech High North County used authentic experiences and original documents to help her students understand the reality of slavery.
For a student at High Tech High, mathematics became exciting when she learned it involved finding patterns and reasons, not just following procedures.