Deeper Learning and Diffusion of Innovation and Scaled Impact of New Hampshire’s Work-Study Practices 

Through its Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) initiative, New Hampshire offers innovative, successful approaches in competency-based and deeper learning practices, and is a model for other states to follow. JFF is partnering with the New Hampshire Learning Initiative, the New Hampshire Department of Education, and the Center for Innovation in Education to understand how work-study practices – also sometimes called deeper learning practices – related to communication, collaboration, creative thinking, and self-direction are being adopted and scaled across the state. Specifically, the study is seeking to understand how certain professional development opportunities impact teachers’ and students’ experiences as they learn to develop, use, and assess work-study practices in classrooms.

Research Questions

This research-practice partnership is working to determine:

  • the extent to which integrating a set of deeper learning practices improves outcomes on field-leading academic performance assessments;
  • whether outcomes improve particularly for marginalized groups and students furthest from opportunity;
  • and whether a collaborative, learner-centered diffusion approach accelerates uptake and scaling of evidence-based practices.

Funding for this project is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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Bridging the worlds of research, practice, and policy, KnowledgeWork’s Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative investigates student-centered approaches to improve outcomes for learners from all backgrounds, particularly those who have been marginalized or underserved by the current system. Learn more about our current studies and work underway here.

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