Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core

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Professional Development Workshops

EPIC staff can lead workshops for your organization on the topics identified in the book chapters. Please visit the EPIC Workshop and Professional Development Page) to learn more about the services offered and to contact an EPIC representative for further information or scheduling.

Read the Blog Snapshot of a Deeper Learning Classroom: Aligning TED Talks to the Four Cs

Read the blog Snapshot of a Deeper Learning Classroom: Aligning TED Talks to the Four Cs (http://www.edutopia.org/blog/deeper-learning-ted-talks-heather-wolpert-gawron) to learn how a teacher is integrating skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity by using TED Talks.

Read Assessing Deeper Learning by the Alliance for Excellent Education

For a more policy-oriented perspective on deeper learning assessment, see Assessing Deeper Learning by the Alliance for Excellent Education (http://www.all4ed.org/files/AssessingDeeperLearning.pdf).

Explore the Web Posting Ten Macro Strategies to Promote Deeper Learning

Ten Macro Strategies to Promote Deeper Learning is a web posting that includes links to other sites with additional information on various aspects of deeper learning and ways to implement it (http://www.teachthought.com/learning/10-macro-strategies-to-promote-deeper-learning/).

Download Sample ThinkReady Tasks

Download sample ThinkReady tasks (https://collegeready.epiconline.org/info/thinkready.dot) and have teachers do their own task development using these as a template. Set the goal of having all classrooms do at least one activity that requires deeper learning skills identified in chapter 5.

Read Brain Rules to Improve and Deepen Student Learning

Read Brain Rules by John Medina (http://brainrules.net) for ideas on how to improve and deepen student learning based on principles from brain research.

Partner with Local Colleges and Universities to Deepen Content Knowledge Understanding

Partner with local colleges and universities for workshops that help faculty renew and deepen their content knowledge understanding. Such workshops need to go into depth on the big ideas of the discipline or subject area and how to teach them.

Use the CourseCreate and CoursePathway Tools

Use the CourseCreate and CoursePathway tools described in the appendix and available at https://collegeready.epiconline.org/portal/public/to focus courses on big ideas, enduring understandings, and key concepts of the subject in order to create more time to go into greater depth in these areas.

Institute Awards and Recognition for Student Work that Reflects Deeper Learning

Institute awards and recognition for student work that reflects deeper learning, including projects and demonstrations that require research, analysis, and thought. Structure these awards and recognition programs with enough categories and opportunities for students who are not the highest achievers but who produce quality work to be recognized. Publicize the results schoolwide.

Use CampusReady to Gauge Students’ Aspiration Levels

Use CampusReady, which is described in the appendix, to gauge the aspiration levels of students and the general overall attitudes toward academic achievement.

Watch the Education Commission of the States Conference Presentation

Watch the Education Commission of the States conference presentation on how to implement the Common Core State Standards in the classroom (https://educationcommissionofthestates.eduvision.tv/Default.aspx?q=N1VVbOR2eYNe2%252ftQEhZ7rQ%253d%253d).

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