Many states, districts, and schools are seeking to expand instruction to support higher-order thinking skills and are developing authentic performance assessments that measure student mastery on a deeper level.
The COVID-19 crisis upended schools and widened gaping inequities within the American education system, but research shows how to move forward and create safe learning environments that help students thrive.
Curriculum, instruction, and assessment focused on deeper learning develop students’ abilities to think critically and solve complex problems, communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and learn independently.
Growing research demonstrates the benefits for all students of teachers of color. Evidence also points to promising practices to help teachers of color overcome the unique barriers they face and expand diversity in the teaching workforce.
Schools need diverse, well-prepared educators. A high-quality educator workforce requires investments in teacher preparation and learning, policies to increase recruitment and retention, and strategies to sustain educator capacity to create and innovate.