by Suzie Boss
PBL World attendees had their horizons expanded—even more!—on the final day of the conference, when they learned about schools that are part of the Deeper Learning Network.
Supported by the Hewlett Foundation, the Deeper Learning Network connects and showcases school models that prepare students to:
Marc Chun of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation explained that the Deeper Learning concept grew out of extensive research “about how do we prepare students for future careers, and for being good citizens in a civil society.” School models that are part of the network “have different flavors, but similar outcomes,” Chun said. They also emphasize Project Based Learning “as the way to get students to collaborate, problem solve, think critically, and so forth. When done well, PBL allows students to practice the competencies that lead to the outcomes we want to see.”
Deeper Learning presenters at the conference included Asia Society, Big Picture Learning, ConnectEd, EdVisions, Envision, High Tech High, New Tech Network, and New Visions for Public Schools.
How to Stay Connected
After a week of thinking and learning together with colleagues from around the globe, PBL World participants formed their own strong community. Through social media, those who couldn’t make it to Napa also had a chance to jump into the conversations about 21st century learning.
How can we all stay connected after the conference and continue to share PBL best practices? Here are five suggestions: