Over the past three years, the Program provided project support to the Deeper Learning Network (DLN), a "network of networks" consisting of ten school reform models totaling some 500 public schools across the country. The DLN has helped make the case for the viability of deeper learning, offering examples of it in action and providing locations for site visits by policymakers. We will provide "tie off" grants to the DLN in order to refocus our funding on research that addresses policy reform needs, development of new assessments of the harder-to-measure deeper learning competencies, and capacity building for educators to understand and make use of student achievement evidence.
About the Grantee
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of a national education fellowship initiative
Big Picture Learning is a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting and sustaining personalized learning. In addition to operating schools, it recruits adults to serve as leaders of equitable opportunities and outcomes in their schools and communities. This grant supports Big Picture in finding and developing cohorts of leaders in education and youth development. These leaders will be tasked with bridging the divide between education opportunity and student learning outcomes in the communities where they live and work. (Substrategy: Educator Capacity)
for a pilot study of school site visits that exemplify deeper learning
Big Picture Learning creates innovative learning environments through design, research, and educator training. This grant would enable its principals to experiment with different ways to offer policymakers and business leaders site visits to Big Picture schools so they can see firsthand instructional designs and student practices that advance deeper learning. This project supports the Program’s strategic goal of giving policymakers experiences that make the case for deeper learning; moreover, it would test the possibility that, with some capacity building, school personnel could conduct site visits independently, rather than having them coordinated through a separate grantee, as in the past.