A Deeper Look at ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers states greater flexibility in shaping the systems and supports needed to cultivate excellence in teaching, expand and enrich learning opportunities and supports, and raise the bar on what students should know and be able to do to be ready for college and career. Deeper learning reflects a similar focus: equipping students with the broad, transferable knowledge and skills they will need to continuously, learn, adapt, and thrive in our rapidly changing world.

States in the Midwest and Great Lakes region are encouraged to explore how deeper learning connects with ESSA priorities and provisions through engaging in discussion and interactive activities. The attached “station” activities can serve as a guide for states interested in bringing a deeper learning focus to their ESSA plans in four areas:

  1. Learning Goals
  2. Deeper Learning Strategies
  3. Measuring Deeper Learning
  4. Teaching Deeply