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Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century

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For centuries societies—and the policy-makers, teachers, and parents that inhabit them—have grappled with the controversy around how students learn best. As far back as Confucius, philosophers and experts have upheld the virtues of learning by doing rather than by listening. Yet U.S. schools continue their attempts to engage students through conventional methods like lectu ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by The New Press (first published April 1st 2014)
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Ivonne Rovira
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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A good introduction to Deeper Learning, but really best suited to parents or educators with no knowledge of Deeper Learning at all.
Aaron Maurer
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Perhaps one of the best books about education I have read this year. This book was exactly what I needed. As an instructional coach and working in a building that is transforming the platform of teaching to project based learning, this book really helped to guide me with questions to ponder and ideas to process.

From the book description you are able to see that the author spent time with eight different schools looking at the key ingredients to help students reach deep learning in their educatio
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
How could I not like a book that features the school where I work as such a beacon of hope for the American education system?
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This short book takes a look at eight secondary schools providing a deeper learning education to students. Through these case studies they highlight six major trends in these schools to which educators, parents, students, and policy makers should pay attention. The trends are creating a community of learners, empowering students to lead their own learning, teaching through contextualized interdisciplinary project-based learning, networking with the community outside of the school for both studen ...more
Carson Fredrickson
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Our education system is not up to international standards, but their are a few anamoly's in the United States that blatantly ignore the established standard for US education. This book very clearly details what these schools are doing to uniquely create students inspired, prepared students for the 21st century. It is very informative, and the authors are clearly very informed. A great book for anyone interested in education!
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an interesting book. I have learned so much from these books about challenging conventional methods of schooling.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
One striking aspect of Deeper Learning is how much the authors, Monica Martinez and Dennis McGrath, highlight the words and work of real teachers, leaders, and students in the schools they profile. The whole book is full of short anecdotes from the individuals doing the hard work of transforming schools, and we, the readers, often get these stories from a close, over-the-shoulder perspective. Reading this, I didn't need convincing as to whether or not this work was possible—I felt instead that I ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Very interesting book with interesting and exciting examples of great things being done in innovative schools across the country. If the "Deeper Learning" school my daughter's district is building this year is only half as engaging as the schools described in this book, she will have an amazingly challenging and engaging education.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read this year with respect to education. The book goes over key concepts of how these select schools deal with community, empowerment, and contextualizing learning.

Great book, every principal and superintendent should read.
Johanna Prince
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoy reading profiles of schools and educators who are using promising practices to support students. However, I feel frustrated that we know more about how kids learn, and how we can support them, and we continue to design schools that are not in line with this vision.
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent, up-to-date overview of innovative teaching at 8 American schools.
Time to change

All Educators, parents and people wishing a better education should read this book and question why not all the schools are like those studied in this book.
Chris Peck
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a teacher, this is my favorite educational novel that I've ever read. This is a clear and well thought-out vision of the improvement for our educational system.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
An interesting survey, although I'm not so sure how feasible these ideas are for every school in America.
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An author, education consultant, strategist, and appointee to the White House Commission of Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Monica has worked for decades with nonprofits, foundations, and education systems across the K-16 sector. Her career encompasses major programmatic, management, and executive leadership roles and is marked both by her vast knowledge of secondary reform and college readi ...more
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