Why attend Deeper Learning 2018?
- You are an educator who cares deeply about preparing students for college and the careers of tomorrow. You want students thinking critically, collaborating, doing and making. You want them embracing challenge.
- You believe in learning by doing. At DL2018, we will experience deeper learning for ourselves through deep dives and interactive workshops.
- You will leave with new ideas, tools and practices - and new partners in this work. You will leave with inspiration and powerful collegial connections.
Deeper Learning attendees come from around the globe and across the education field--from practitioners to policy makers, funders and researchers and others- who are committed to understanding and spreading deeper learning to all students. Deeper Learning attendees are encouraged to be leaders of change, proponents for equity and pedagogical innovators.
DL2018 will explore questions like:
At DL2018 you will:
- How can we engage students in deeper learning experiences?
- How can we support educators in designing deeper learning experiences for students?
- How can we cultivate leaders who facilitate deeper learning in schools?
- How can we create and advance equitable learning environments?
- How do we spread more deeper learning experiences to all students?
What will you do at Deeper Learning?
- Experience deeper learning for yourself through deep dives, interactive workshops and an innovative makerspace.
- Connect with powerful educators who care deeply about preparing students for college and the careers of tomorrow.
- Learn new ideas and practices that will equip yourself and colleagues with tools and strategies to spread deeper learning.
If this is your first Deeper Learning experience explore the DL2015 Journal
, the Deeper Learning Video Series
View past programs: DL2013, DL2014
to see three full day experience.
What is deeper learning?*
In classrooms where deeper learning is the focus, you find students who are motivated and challenged—who look forward to their next assignment. They apply what they have learned in one subject area to newly encountered situations in another. They can see how their classwork relates to real life. They are gaining an indispensable set of knowledge, skills, and beliefs, including:
- Mastery of Core Academic Content: Students build their academic foundation in subjects like reading, writing, math, and science. They understand key principles and procedures, recall facts, use the correct language, and draw on their knowledge to complete new tasks.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students think critically, analytically, and creatively. They know how to find, evaluate, and synthesize information to construct arguments. They can design their own solutions to complex problems.
- Collaboration: Collaborative students work well in teams. They communicate and understand multiple points of view and they know how to cooperate to achieve a shared goal.
- Effective Communication: Students communicate effectively in writing and in oral presentations. They structure information in meaningful ways, listen to and give feedback, and construct messages for particular audiences.
- Self-directed Learning: Students develop an ability to direct their own learning. They set goals, monitor their own progress, and reflect on their own strengths and areas for improvement. They learn to see setbacks as opportunities for feedback and growth. Students who learn through self-direction are more adaptive than their peers.
- An “Academic Mindset”: Students with an academic mindset have a strong belief in themselves. They trust their own abilities and believe their hard work will pay off, so they persist to overcome obstacles. They also learn from and support each other. They see the relevance of their schoolwork to the real world and their own future success.
When students are developing knowledge, skills, and academic mindsets simultaneously, they learn more efficiently. They acquire and retain more academic knowledge when they are engaged, believe their studies are important, and are able to apply what they are learning in complex and meaningful ways.
Mastery of academic content is critical to a student’s future success in college, careers, and life, so it is the foundation of—and never overlooked in—deeper learning classrooms.
Read more in-depth definitions of this set of knowledge, skills, and beliefs.
* (Source: Hewlett Foundation)
Deeper Learning 2018 is generously sponsored by
the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.