January 3, 2021/
Employers, colleges and families may not agree on much, but they tend to agree about this: our K-12 students need to develop essential skills like self-direction, collaboration, communication and creativity to successfully navigate college, career and community life. Trouble is, standardized tests and traditional assessments do not adequately capture whether students have developed these deeper learning skills. Too often, we test things we may not value and may not be all that important. Fortunately, leaders are working to change this, and the results are promising.Continue Reading
January 13, 2020/
Creating a system that can accommodate a wide range of learning contexts across a state can be difficult. Teachers and leaders in New Hampshire share how they are tackling the integration of essential skills (aka Work Study Practices or deeper learning) into their classrooms.Continue Reading
December 9, 2019/
School districts across New Hampshire are working to embed essential skills like self-direction, communication, collaboration and creativity into their classrooms. Improving kids learning means getting the tools, resources and rationales to teachers.
Building Essential Skills Today (BEST) for the Future is an effort to elevate the teaching and assessment of essential skills in our schools.Continue Reading