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How to Have Deeper Learning and Better Schools

by Vicki Davis

Deeper Learning can happen as we work to connect with students and transform them into critical thinkers as well as knowledgeable about our content areas. Professor Jal Mehta from the Harvard University School of Education has co-written an award-winning book “In Search of Deeper Learning” and reflects on how deeper learning can happen at the secondary level.

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Sponsor: Pear Deck. Pear Fair is back with another hit virtual event designed to energize and equip you with the resources you need to make this year a success! Pear Fair is happening Wednesday, July 28th and I’ll be presenting 8 Ways to Engage Every Learner along with many other fantastic educators. Just go to peardeck.com/pear-fair  to reserve your seat. It’s free. There are two tracks of this conference – one focusing on pedagogy and hot topics and the other on best practices for using Pear Deck and GoGuardian. You can mix and match your tracks. So, reserve your spot.

If this event has already passed still go to the website and register as some recordings (including my presentation) will be posted after the event.

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Jal Mehta – Bio As Submitted

Jal Mehta is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His 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.

Jal is the author of The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) and the co-editor of The Futures of School Reform (Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2012). He is currently working on two projects: In Search of Deeper Learning, a contemporary study of schools, systems, and nations that are seeking to produce ambitious instruction; and The Chastened Dream, a history of the effort to link social science with social policy to achieve social progress. He 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 the Morningstar Teaching Award at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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