In the first half of 2018. Hattaway Communications conducted a series of interviews, roundtables and focus groups with parents, students, teachers and civil rights leaders. The goal was to discover how these groups talk about teaching and learning, what they think is the purpose of a “good” school or a “strong” education, and to understand how best to approach discussions about deeper learning competencies with them.

The research makes clear that stakeholders across all audiences lack a common definition of deeper learning, and the field needs to do a better job of meeting audiences where they are. That means avoiding jargon, focusing on showing what the competencies enable students to do rather than trying to define them, and explaining how deeper learning helps students both in and out of the classroom. Based on the research and message testing, Hattaway also recommends that the field present a more expansive framework for student success, which would reflect the importance of school culture, student empowerment and personalized support, in addition to the competencies.

You can learn more by reading through the research documents linked below.