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Students at the Center Newsletter
December 2014
A round-up of the latest student-centered and deeper learning research, news, resources, & tools at your fingertips.
graphic_videos The Role of Digital Technologies in Deeper Learning
Chris Dede, Harvard University
To compete in today’s global, knowledge-based, innovation-centered economy, young people must go beyond a high school diploma and acquire not just academic knowledge, but intrapersonal and interpersonal capacities. That is, they must engage in deeper learning. As schools shift away from traditional education models in favor or providing deeper learning environments, they are required to replace their outdated technology practices and implement a new infrastructure to support student learning. The Role of Digital Technologies in Deeper Learning, the latest paper in the Students at the Center Deeper Learning Research Series, explores how partnering deeper learning strategies with effective technology designs allows for greater educational success.

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graphic_videos New Students at the Center Resources
We are excited to announce the release of the first two modules in our new Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice Professional Development Series. Six Connecticut high school teachers worked closely with Dr. Eric Toshalis (Professor, Lewis and Clark and author, Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice), and Jobs for the Future staff to engage in a learner-centered development process resulting in a PD curriculum designed to be delivered in a learner-centered manner. Jobs for the Future is currently working to test this professional development series with educators across the country. We will continue to iterate the modules throughout this process. We welcome all comments and feedback as you explore and implement the lessons in this series.

Motivation Professional Development Module

In this module, participants will explore how teacher behaviors can affect student motivation. The module explores the malleability of student motivation, offers best practices for motivating students, and compares reward/punishment or praise motivation to intrinsic motivation.

Engagement Professional Development Module
In this module, participants will explore definitions and personal experiences with student engagement, review and apply research-supported strategies to increase engagement, learn to identify and evaluate engagement, and make adjustments to lesson plans and classroom practice to increase student engagement.

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An Up Close Look at Student-Centered Math Teaching
Kirk Walters, Toni M. Smith, Steve Leinwand, Wendy Surr, Abigail Stein & Paul Bailey, AIR
A new study from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) finds that students in high-quality, student-centered classrooms are more engaged and demonstrate higher performance on problem-solving assessments. When teachers use student-centered techniques to engage students in more active and authentic ways, they can transform math classrooms into lively learning environments in which students take charge of their own learning, collaborate with others, persist in solving complicated problems and make meaningful connections to the world around them.

Speaking Volumes
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, ASCD
“Students love to talk. So do teachers.” But how can we strike the right balance between the two? And how can we ensure that classroom talk is productive, leading to deeper understanding and increased student engagement? This article presents three reasons why productive student talk is essential to teaching and learning, and six ways teachers can promote meaningful talk in the classroom.

graphic_media In Case You Missed It
Students at the Center Competency Education Research Series
Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles
Matthew W. Lewis, Rick Eden, Chandra Garber, Mollie Rudnick, Lucrecia Santibañez, And Tiffany Tsai

Competency Education can Address Readiness Gaps - But Not Alone (NEW)
Stephanie Krauss, Forum for Youth Investment

On Perseverance in the Classroom (NEW)
Eric Toshalis

The Past and the Promise: Today's Competency Education Movement
Cecilia Le, Rebecca E. Wolfe, and Adria Steinberg

5 Key Takeaways from the Past and the Promise: Today's Competency Education Movement
Rebecca E. Wolfe

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Students at the Center synthesizes and adapts for practice current research on key components of student-centered approaches to learning that lead to deeper learning outcomes. Our goal is to strengthen the ability of practitioners and policymakers to engage each student in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed for success in college, career, and civic life. This Jobs for the Future project is supported generously by funds from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
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