Over 30 years ago, Citi CEO Sandy Weill launched non-profit National Academy Foundation (NAF) to boost high school graduation and career preparation. The movement has quietly grown to 667 career focused high school academies serving 81,000 students in 38 states, including Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands.
All Blog Posts With deeper learning Tag or Category
January 26, 2015
October 14, 2014
The current system of preparing U.S. schools and system leaders is broken. What do principals need to know and be able to do for the leadership challenges they'll face?
October 08, 2014
Almost all the education wars are being fought on a very small battlefield. There's real carnage, but no winners. We should switch the reform fight to building a new learning system.
September 16, 2014
Last week I suggested that more than readiness, high school students should actually experience success in what's next so they are able to plan next steps with knowledge and confidence. Reading with comprehension, writing with clarity, and versatility in problem solving are critically important skills and are assessed in classrooms and increasingly by state tests. But secondary education is a period where young people are beginning to understand who they are and what they could become.
August 05, 2014
We've been studying middle grade math blends and with the help of guest authors and partners we've observed 10 lessons.
August 04, 2014
Schools can promote deeper learning, engage students and transform school culture with the 4 P's of next gen learning: posting, presenting, publishing, and portfolio.
July 14, 2014
What does it take to get students interested in learning entrepreneurial skills?
June 24, 2014
We are, let's face it, a Tower of Babel when it comes to defining what we're all doing here. That sounds disparaging, but I don't actually mean it that way. Reimagining the desired outcomes and the common student experience of America's public schools is a messy, chaotic business - and that's what real change looks like.
May 01, 2014
Imagine a map of what a learner needs to know, different ways to learn it, and a collection of their demonstrations of competence. You're probably picturing a blended learning environment for students. Instead, imagine that every teacher has access to their own professional map--reflecting common expectations differentiated by speciality, subject, level, and school type--that offers a clear description of what teachers should know and be able to do.
April 18, 2014
In this post, Jal Mehta begins to map the landscape of deeper learning. He argues that seeing progressive or project-based schools as "deeper" and "no excuses" schools as shallower is not the right way to see the world; both have strengths and weaknesses that are the inverse of one another. He also suggests that much deeper learning happens outside of core disciplinary classes in extra-curriculars and electives, because these spheres induct students into gradually deeper understandings of how their practices work. Implications for traditional schools and core disciplinary classes are also discussed.