More than 500 schools around the US belong to the Deeper Learning Network and are considered to be implementing deeper learning. Their students are developing cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal competencies that will be essential to their success as citizens and scholars.
But there are a lot more than 500 schools in the country! What is happening for students at schools that are not regarded as "deeper learning" schools? Are their educators finding ways to help them develop these competencies? If so, what factors are making this possible? If not, why not?
How do we make sure all students have access to deeper learning practices?
A growing number of leadersin schools, districts, state education agencies, government, nonprofits, and foundations are dedicated to ensuring that all public school students have access to deeper learning experiences. If these deeper learning advocates understand the barriers to and enablers of deeper learning in more traditional school environments, they can make strategic decisions about how best to dedicate their efforts to increase deeper learning for students throughout the country.
This site presents research BIF conducted with teachers and leaders in public high schools.
Through contextual interviews and human centered design activities, educators shared what they have found to be the greatest enablers of and impediments to their ability to provide their students with opportunities for deeper learning.
Schools are complex environments with countless interrelated factors that affect educators' practice and students' learning. The barriers and enablers educators face in implementing deeper learning practices in their schools can be organized into six categories, each of which has the potential to positively and/or negatively influence practitioners' abilities to deepen learning for their students.
This site presents these six categories, laying out the landscape, barriers, enablers, and opportunities within each. Most importantly, the site allows visitors to hear educators talk about their day-to-day experiences working to bring deeper learning to their students within the context of public schools. Studying what the educators say is a key step in reaching critical mass in providing deeper learning experiences to all students.