Deeper Learning in the Community

High Tech High

High Tech High is a small public charter school where teachers practice a learner-centered, inclusive approach that supports and challenges each student. Teacher collaborate to design curriculum and projects and lead professional development. HTH hosts the annual Deeper Learning meeting of educators focused on creating more opportunities for student to learn.

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To learn more about HTH’s Graduate School of Education, Credentialing, and their annual Deeper Learning Conference visit:

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Policy – Resetting Learning Goals

Supportive policies in the areas of assessment, accountability and practice enable schools to build and reinforce the conditions that enable deeper learning in districts and schools. To advance these policies, policy leaders, researchers, and advocates collaborate to provide recommendations to federal, state and local policymakers.

Achieve is a nonpartisan education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards, graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. Achieve works to ensure that deeper learning outcomes are useful and encourages states to adopt new assessment systems. To learn more about Achieves work with deeper learning, visit:

Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. The Alliance hosts the Deeper Learning 4 All website, which provides educators and policymakers information related to expanding deeper learning opportunities as well as examples from ten deeper learning network schools. To learn more about its commitment to deeper learning visit:

American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) is a non-partisan convener bringing together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to frame issues, inform policy, and create conversations about improving education and young people’s lives. To learn more about AYPF’s commitment to deeper learning visit

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) supports business engagement in education to provide opportunities for students to develop the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century workforce. To learn more about the Chamber’s partnerships in high schools, college and communities visit

Capitol Impact, LLC is a consulting firm dedicated to improving policy and practice in California, with an emphasis on public education. Capitol Impact works with the California Education Policy fund to advance policy and practice form to promote deeper learning in elementary and secondary schools. To learn more about this work, visit:

Center for American Progress is an independent, nonpartisan educational institute that is developing interrelated state and national frameworks for next-generation school accountability systems. The Center for American progress is exploring how policy can change instruction and assessment and align it to deeper learning student outcomes. To learn more about their work, visit

Children Now is a national, state, and local research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to improving children’s overall well-being. Children Now works to improve teacher training and evaluation, state accountability and supports programs such as, Linked Learning and teaching strategies, such as blended learning. To learn more about their work, visit Grant Expired

Collaborative for Student Success is an organization with a commitment to higher academic standards for all students. The Collaborative supports local organizations and advocates in state-led efforts to educate and inform all stakeholders – including parents, students, teachers and community leaders – about the need for high state standards and high-quality assessments. Visit to learn more and access their resources.

Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that works at the state and federal level to educate lawmakers about the importance of investments in our education system that teach students the skills and knowledge they need to compete in today’s workforce. To learn more about their commitment to deeper learning visit

Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonpartisan organization of public officials nationwide who head state departments of elementary and secondary education. The Council works to build awareness and multi-state consensus on policies and practices that will move deeper learning and open educational resources forward. To learn more about their work, visit

Council of State Governments is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization in the United States that serves all three branches of state government. The Council works on analyzing state legislation on deeper learning education policy reform. To learn more about their work visit:

Data Quality Campaign is a non-profit educational organization that works to ensure families and educators can access and use quality student data to raise achievement. The campaign advocates that state policy makers should be developing set policy and practice questions that will set help link data to student success. To learn more about their work and how it aligns with deeper learning, visit:

Hechinger Report is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that works to explain education policy and how it affects young people. The report helps to highlight the success of deeper learning schools on graduate rate and the types of policies, practices, and procedures that should exist for deeper learning frameworks. To learn more about their work, visit:

Jobs for the Future (JFF) designs education and career pathways and promotes their adoption. To learn more about JFF’s national summit, state summits, and resources on assessment visit

Learning Policy Institute conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others, the Institute seeks to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for each and every child. Visit to learn more.

National Academy of Sciences is made up of private, nonprofit institutions that provide advice that help shape policy and advance the nation’s goal of improving instruction in science, engineering and medicine. The Academy will inform test developers and research funders about recommendations regarding assessments and how to make deeper learning applicable in the classroom. To learn more visit:

National Council of State Legislators (NCSL) a bipartisan non-governmental organization designed to improve quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote policy innovation and ensure state legislatures have a voice in the federal system. The council is working to build awareness for college-and career ready outcomes and support state legislative capacity as deeper learning reforms shift to the national and federal levels. To learn more about their work, visit

National State Boards of Education (NASBE) provides state policymakers the essential tools to make smart decision on ways to prepare more students for college, career, and civic success. To access NASBE’s publications, webinars, online seminars, and face-to-face events visit

New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute. It works on building learning based pathways, advocates for a change in education policies that promote use of technology and focuses on improving equity for traditionally underserved students. New America works to ensure that students are college and career ready and encourages the use of deeper learning strategies to ensure students receive a quality education. To learn more about their work visit:

Partners for Each and Every Child has developed a comprehensive tool to be used by states to assess their current stakeholder engagement efforts and further develop their engagement strategies. States and districts looking to engage various audiences around policies that enable deeper learning may utilize these tools by visiting

Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a voluntary, national, independent partnership among education, business, community, and government leaders to advance student skills such as deeper learning competencies. The partnership helps identify and connect those working explicitly to help the education system and further innovation. To learn more about their work, visit:

Policy Innovators in Education Network (PIE) connects, accelerates, and amplifies the work of 49 state-based advocacy organizations. The PIE Network identifies and distributes resources, provides related training, and develops and deepens connections among advocates. To access resources that can help you make your case for expanding deeper learning visit

Project for Education Research That Scales, Stanford University works to increase the impact of research on educational policy by working with scholars and policymakers. PACE has advocated for the transformation of funding formulas and has fostered a new accountability system for California’s schools. The new formula will influence district capacity to engage students in deeper learning. To learn more about their work, visit:

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors manages the California Education Policy Fund, which supports groups working to advance policy and reforms that encourage deeper learning in schools. Rockefeller aims to improve alignment between the state’s K-12 and higher education systems and improve measurement of deeper learning. To learn more about their work, visit

Assessment for Learning

Educators design and utilize assessments to improve practice and instructional strategies that support student learning towards deeper learning outcomes. Organizations are strengthening assessments at the state-, district- and school-level through collaboration, resource development, and exploring research objectives that inform the use of assessments for learning.

Education First Consulting is a for-profit consulting firm that supports clients that have impact on education systems, teachers and students. Education First Consulting is working on developing metrics and monitoring progress against goals for high quality assessments that measure deeper learning. To learn more about their work, visit:

Jobs for the Future (JFF) designs education and career pathways and promotes their adoption. To learn more about JFF’s national summit, state summits, and resources on assessment visit

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is a combination of states working together to develop new student tests that measure career- and college-learning standards and help prepare students for success in college and the workforce. This state collaboration will create assessments that measure deeper learning outcomes. To learn more, visit

RAND Corporation is a non-profit think tank that aims to help policymakers make decisions. The RAND corporation is developing assessments of deeper learning competency in order to help further approaches that promote deeper learning. To learn more about their work, visit

ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career is an educational organization that supports schools in implementing career-themed high school pathways that prepare students for success in college, career and life. ConnectEd helps school districts build capacity for assessing deeper learning, and identifies competencies for measuring deeper learning. To learn more about ConnectEd, visit:

University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Center for Innovation in Education is an organization within the University of Kentucky that provides advice and support to states to make school systems more accountable for K-12 education. The center provides assistance to states and districts as they align their standards and assessments to deeper learning. To learn more about their work visit:

GlassLab Games is an educational organization focused on transforming learning and assessment by developing and distributing effective and engaging digital learning games to improve student learning outcomes. GlassLab uses its games to demonstrate how it is possible to use games to measure collaboration, which is a key deeper learning competency. To learn more about GlassLab, visit:

Scaling Teaching Practice

High-quality and rigorous instructional materials shape a classroom experience that enables students to demonstrate their abilities and twenty-first century learning skills. There is a need to focus on schools and classrooms serving traditionally underserved students, who often have limited access to innovative teaching practices. is an independent nonprofit that publishes reviews of instructional materials and helps districts and educators make informed purchasing that support improving student outcomes. Edreports allows educators to access deeper learning materials and learn the strategies of deeper learning that have been successful in different districts. To learn more about Edreports, visit:

Monica Martinez Consulting has created a Deeper Learning Planning Guide, User Guide, Facilitator Guide and downloadable examples that demonstrate how schools can create the conditions that are necessary for deeper learning. These resources are available to help school leaders develop a strategic plan to transform their schools. To access these resources, visit

Openstax College, Rice University develops and disseminates a library of high-quality textbooks for the 25 most popular college courses in the United States. Openstax works to establish a self-sustaining infrastructure and alternative to traditional educational materials. Openstax has aligned materials with deeper learning competencies that are accessible for instructors and students in pre-k through secondary schools. To learn more about their work, visit

Student Achievement Partners hosts hundreds of math and literacy resources for teachers, resources for leaders who are putting college and career readiness standards into action in their own schools, and opportunities to become an advocate for the Common Core and college and career readiness for all students. Visit to learn more.

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