This is a blended program, with online activities beginning June 1, 2017.
Priority Application Deadline: April 20, 2017
We are currently accepting and reviewing applications as space is available. For consideration, please submit an application at your earliest convenience, no later than June 12, 2017.
"One of the most powerful things you can do is give adults models and experiences that mirror what you are hoping they will do for students. We also call this "symmetry" in our work — that if, as a system level leader, you want teachers to teach students in a particular way, you have to give teachers opportunities to have those same kinds of learning experiences." – Jal Mehta, Faculty Chair
What kinds of experiences produce powerful learning, and how can we ensure that all learners have access to these experiences? How can we support educators to create conditions for deep and powerful learning, preparing all students for success in contemporary life? What changes — at individual, classroom, school, and systems levels — would this shift in teaching and learning require?
In Deeper Learning for All, you will examine these questions and what it would mean to rethink old models and paradigms for education and to design a new 21st-century system that promotes deeper and more engaging instruction for all students. Through experiential learning, readings, reflection, and observations, you will come to see what it would mean to do deeper learning, and identify the leverage points that are most promising for creating a different system.
"With all the talk of 21st-century skills and deeper learning, you might think that we have moved into an era where doing this kind of teaching and learning was the rule and not the exception. That couldn't be further from the truth. We can hope someday that we move to a world in which the larger systems are organized to incentivize and support deep learning, but we are not living in that world today. This means that teaching in the ways that promote deeper learning for all students is a subversive and countercultural act." - Jal Mehta, Faculty Chair
A large body of evidence suggests that the existing education system falls short of preparing most students to successfully navigate the demands of contemporary life. Today's adults require far more than the basic academic knowledge and skills that have dominated classroom instruction for decades. They must be able to tackle open-ended problems in critical, creative, and collaborative ways and to quickly learn new skills as job markets change.
In this program, you will have the opportunity to experience and experiment with learning deeply in a variety of settings, and to assess your current instructional practice, reflect on the obstacles that may inhibit deeper learning within your context, and develop a plan that addresses those obstacles, leveraging design principles to propose concrete changes you can implement right away within your own classroom, school, or setting.
This highly interactive on-campus program will unfold in three parts:
In preparation for this on-campus program, prior to June 26, you will engage in approximately 7-10 hours of online pre-work which includes readings and reflection and a half-day dedicated to shadowing a student.
Educators who attend as part of a team are able to increase the impact of their learning both while on campus, and once they have returned home. We encourage school-based, district, and mixed teams to attend, leveraging the collective experiences and expertise among those who work directly with students and those whose decisions influence the structures and systems for teaching and learning.
Jal Mehta, associate professor at HGSE. Mehta is co-editor of the Learning Deeply blog at Education Week and in 2014 was the top-ranked junior faculty scholar in the Rick Hess Education Week rankings. He is also the winner of HGSE’s Morningstar Teaching Award and most recently awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship and will be on sabbatical for the 2016-17 academic year. Mehta's research explores the role of different forms of knowledge in tackling major social and political problems, particularly problems of human improvement. He has also written extensively on what it would take to improve American education, with a particular focus on the professionalization of teaching.
Alisa Berger, adjunct lecturer on education at HGSE. Berger's consulting work focuses on working with schools and districts on the design and implementation of next generation school models. Before moving to Massachusetts, she was the founding co-principal at the NYC iSchool, a New York City public high school committed to rethinking high school for the 21st century. Previously, she has worked in the DOE central offices as a Director of Leadership and Organizational Learning.
Ron Berger, chief academic officer, EL Education
Libby Woodfin, director of publications, EL Education
You will be asked to provide your personal profile and organizational information.
You will be asked to respond to the following questions:
Identify Your Team Coordinator
The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.
Payment or a purchase order must be received within thirty days of program acceptance and prior to the program start. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. While a purchase order confirms a reservation, an outstanding balance is maintained until payment is rendered.
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The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.