The goal of this study tour was for participants to learn about schools that incorporate rigorous academics, deeper learning experiences, higher order skills, and innovative and effective practices to create personalized learning experiences and prepare students for college and career success. Participants heard from, and discussed with, high-level education policy leaders in an effort to develop an understanding of the policy conditions, such as capacity building, professional development, funding, Common Core-aligned curriculum, instruction, and assessments, etc., that will allow support for innovative approaches, such as those featured in the site visits to schools, to expand. Mike Kirst, President of the California State Board of Education, served as the keynote speaker.
The group visited Napa New Tech and City Arts and Technology High School. Both are schools that are using different models to provide rich academic learning in personalized settings. Through conversations with students, teachers and administrators participants witnessed first-hand how instruction, assessment and school culture can differ from that in traditional school settings, and how these schools are striving to promote mastery of core academic content; critical thinking and problem solving; working collaboratively; communicating effectively; and students’ ability to learn how to learn.
What is Deeper Learning?
Deeper Learning for Every Student Every Day: A white paper featuring profiles on 20 schools that exemplify Deeper Learning
State Policy Information
PACE: The Common Core Meets State Policy: This Changes Almost Everything – As California deals with Common Core implementation issues, this policy brief describes how the Common Core affects various policy areas and how the state can pursue aligned policies that incorporate the Common Core and Deeper Learning skills.
State and School Information
- California joins the Partnership for 21st Century Skills – California has just recently joined the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and are pursuing policies that support such skills.
- City Arts and Tech Website
- City Arts and Tech College Preparatory Curriculum and Academics
- Napa New Tech Website
- Napa New Tech Sample Student Portfolios
- New Tech California Schools Profile
- New Tech Postsecondary Summary