Effective Schools for Deeper Learning: An Exploratory Study

Effective Schools for Deeper Learning: An Exploratory Study

RAFAEL HELLER, REBECCA E. WOLFE

This report proposes one strategy by which to strengthen the nascent research base on deeper learning’s implications for high school improvement. Specifically, it describes an exploratory study designed to test the idea that a particular kind of whole-school assessment, involving site visits by teams of trained observers, can provide useful data about students’ opportunities for deeper learning. Further, it argues that this sort of assessment makes it possible to identify schools that—while unremarkable according to test-based measures of school performance—are particularly effective at teaching certain inter- and intrapersonal skills. In turn, this suggests a myriad of new opportunities to study and replicate best practices in teaching for deeper learning.

Source Organization: Students at the Center

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