Deeper learning develops students’ abilities to think critically and solve complex problems, communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and learn independently. The teaching approaches that support deeper learning enable students to succeed and thrive in an ever-evolving and interconnected society. Curriculum, instruction, and assessment focused on deeper learning engage students in learning core academic content and applying that knowledge to relevant and authentic real-world problems. Research shows that schools focused on deeper learning demonstrate stronger student achievement, with gains in outcomes especially pronounced for students from low-income families, new immigrants, and students of color who have been historically underserved in U.S. schools.
Students in deeper learning environments:
- Engage in inquiry-based and hands-on learning as they investigate scientific, social, historical, literary, artistic, and mathematical questions and develop grounded arguments, solutions, and projects.
- Hone verbal, written, and graphic communication skills through written and oral assignments and presentations.
- Develop social-emotional competencies that support self-management, perseverance, resilience, collaboration, and a growth mindset.
- Use new technologies to seek and display knowledge and connect to resources, experts, and peers across the country and around the world.
- Demonstrate their knowledge through performance assessments that allow them to exhibit what they know and can do in authentic ways.