Judy Walton, FHPS chief innovation officer, will be a co-presenter at the Deeper Learning 2018 Workshop in March at High Tech High Graduate School of Education. She will present with Simeon Frang, curriculum director from Orchard View Schools in Muskegon, Mich., on the importance of student voice in education. Their session, “Amplifying the Acoustics of Democracy and Agency: Can You Hear Me Now?” will be part of a conference dedicated to deeper learning. The conference will explore questions like: How can we engage students in deeper learning? 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 is deeper learning? According to the Deeper Learning website, www.deeper-learning.org, “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; critical thinking and problem solving; collaboration; effective communication; self-directed learning; and an ‘academic mindset.'”