As featured in The Atlantic, Education Weekly, and KQED, Deeper Learning is an eye-opening case study of how eight public schools in St. Paul, Portland (Maine), San Diego, Cleveland, Indiana, and Philadelphia are cultivating the next generation of innovators and world-citizens through a forward-thinking method of teaching students how to learn.
In Deeper Learning, Monica Martinez, education expert appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and sociologist Dennis McGrath travel the country documenting best practices from these schools, presenting inspiring stories of how public education can and does produce flexible, critical thinkers. In one instance, Martinez and McGrath recount how students at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy immerse themselves in themes that offer “emotional context” for the United States political system. Students think through questions such as, “How has the right to vote affected the development of the country through history?” and “What is the right of the individual in the electoral process?” In their junior year, students use their introspective understanding to propose a constitutional amendment that would make voting itself a more democratic process. Deeper Learning makes these experiences accessible and adoptable, bringing readers right into the classrooms as lessons unfold and into field exercises such as a freshman summer orientation spent critically exploring downtown Philadelphia’s public library, train station and park systems. Blueprint summaries at the end of each chapter provide easy takeaways for busy readers.
Monica Martinez is the chief school support officer for the XQ Institute. A former CEO and president of the New Tech Network, she was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She currently lives in the Bay Area.
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