Our Mission

The demand that students develop skills that will will enable them to survive and thrive in the 21st century (communication, collaboration, problem solving) is rising.  This, in turn, is forcing a big shift in education -- away from the mass production, content-centric model in use for the last 100 years to student-driven work on real-world projects. As this transition unfolds we fear Milwaukee and its students will be left behind. Learn Deep aims to put Milwaukee out in front.

Practices and curriculum for this new model have been around for years. Though we see growing use, teachers and schools find the transition difficult. A shift to student-driven, project-based work recasts the role of the teacher and places new demands on schedules and processes within the school. Our goal is to accelerate the rate at which the mindset and culture that enable the effective use of these practices takes root and spreads.  Why now?

 

Connect

Our monthly Collab Labs bring educators and community partners together to share ideas and solve problems. They provide a chance to hear what other schools are working on and how they’ve overcome hurdles to implement innovative practices.

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Experiment

We see lots of places where the ideas and enthusiasm of educators can lead to some remarkable opportunities for students.  We’re also big believers in trying things out at a small scale to better understand the challenges and opportunities at hand.

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Scale

We look to drive change from the bottom up by tapping into the energy of teachers who want to see their students do great things. Our cross-district initiatives are driven by the passions of teachers to engage students in meaningful, authentic work, and structured to build the capacity of schools to do even more.

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What’s New

  • Last night’s meeting of our Number Talks workgroup was focused on addressing two issues raised at our last session– producing a quick reference card for Number Talks, that teachers new to the practice could use to help guide discussions, and second, helping teachers understand how to select Number Talks given the range in abilities they see within their classroom. [read more …]

  • Collab Lab 22 was focused on how can schools leverage a greenhouse/aquaponics facility to provide a rich set of authentic learning experiences for students.  We structured the session as small group discussions focused on goals, the opportunities presented when these facilities are available to students, and what needs to be in place for educators to move forward. [read more …]