Advocates for deeper learning aim to transform school settings to better prepare students to meet 21st century demands and to close the opportunity gap that has left socioeconomically marginalized students with less access to rich learning environments. Yet implementing these approaches and models, which emphasize inquiry-based, student-centered learning, is not easy, as they require reimagining and changing conventional systems and school environments. This panel will directly discuss these challenges and provide promising evidence that shows how leaders and practitioners are leveraging policies, professional learning structures, and partnerships to spread deeper learning within public school systems across the country. Panelists will also share how these challenges and opportunities have been altered in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and how their organizations have moved forward to advance equity and rich educational opportunities in an era of school closures and distance learning.
Moderator: Laura Hernandez
Panelist: Lydia Dobyns, Susan Enfield, Carlos Moreno, Anthony G. Smith