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For teachers, deeper learning is about letting go 

On a recent afternoon in Jennifer Burgin’s second-grade classroom at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, Va., some students were working on a fractions game on iPads; others were making colorful drawings of part-whole relationships using crayons and paper; and others were researching national parks or working on poems. One boy held a stuffed panda, another had…
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Charting the progress of Hewlett Foundation’s deeper learning strategy 

From 2010 to 2015, the Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program invested more than $100 million in its deeper learning strategy with over 350 grants. In 2016, the program commissioned RTI International to conduct an independent evaluation of the first five years of its strategy. RTI’s report examined several questions: What progress has been made in the ...
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California Education Policy Fund evaluation of deeper learning advocacy and policy change 

Created by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2011, the California Education Policy Fund (CEPF) worked to improve education policies in the state by strengthening and supporting an “ecosystem” of nonprofit advocacy, research, grassroots and information-sharing organizations. With an annual budget of about $4 million, for the last three years, CEPF has supported organizations ...
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Open Education Consortium evaluation 

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) comprises a network of nearly 300 education institutions globally who are committed to advancing the use of open educational resources in higher education. The Hewlett Foundation has supported a wide range of OEC activities since 2007 and commissioned this evaluation to better understand which of those efforts have been most ...
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Deeper learning, six years later 

When the Hewlett Foundation introduced its deeper learning grantmaking in 2010, the goal was to spread a concrete set of skills that American students should be learning. The strategy anticipated that high schoolers who gain academic knowledge alongside inter and intra-personal skills in school will be better prepared as college students, workers and citizens.  At…
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Diversity, equity and inclusion in education organizations 

Recent events — from police shootings to polarized national political debates — underscore the urgency and challenges of building diversity, equity and inclusion into our everyday work. The tensions and conflicts we are experiencing sadden us and compel us to act. Over the summer of 2016, our Education Program launched a diversity, equity and inclusion ...
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Building the deeper learning field, grant by grant 

In 2010, the Hewlett Foundation committed to an ambitious vision for improving public education in the U.S. by ensuring underserved students develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in college, careers and civic life in the 21st century. Education First, an advisory organization for education leaders, has had the privilege of working alongside the foundation…
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New assessments help teachers innovate in classrooms 

Teens are often cautioned about what they post online because their digital profile will follow them well beyond their youth. Students at Del Lago Academy, a public high school in Escondido, Calif., are counting on it. Their teachers are embracing an innovative approach to assessment using digital badges. Similar to scout merit badges, these online…
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Education Program grantmaking 

The Education Program does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry. Our approach We support organizations that develop and advocate for innovative ideas, practices, and tools, as well as those that participate in the public policy debate on the issues of deeper learning and open educational resources. We view our education grantmaking through an equity lens ...
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