Deep Learning Framework

What is Deep Learning?

Deep Learning is quality learning that sticks with you for life. Our first step in reimagining learning was to identify six Global Competencies (6Cs) that describe the skills and attributes needed for learners to flourish as citizens of the world.

In our definition, Deep Learning is the process of acquiring these six Global Competencies:
Character, Citizenship, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking.

When learners are immersed in the 6Cs, they learn more—much more—and this learning contributes to their own futures and often to the betterment of their communities and beyond.

To foster deep learning so that all learners contribute to the common good, address global challenges and flourish in a complex world.

We are joined by families, teachers, school leaders and policy makers worldwide who are seeking ways to transform pedagogies and provide the conditions that will facilitate deep learning. We are partnering with over 1300 schools in 8 countries. We work with clusters and networks of schools to build knowledge and practices that develop deep learning and foster whole system change.

We believe every student deserves to learn deeply and to support whole systems to transform learning — schools, provinces, states and countries to want to take action, make a positive impact and grasp opportunities that will lead to success in life.

Why it matters…

Students and teachers alike find that traditional schooling is no longer up to the task of preparing students for the present, let alone the future, and schooling is less and less engaging as students move through the grades (Jenkins, 2013).

The challenge is how we shift from the kind of content-based learning of the last century to empowering teachers and students to create learning experiences that build on students’ innate curiosity and desire to solve complex issues and impact the world. We must unleash the potential of ALL students if our planet is to survive and thrive. Such a massive shift means a re-culturing of learning for students, teachers, leaders, and families with new roles and understanding for everyone. We are finding that the payoff is huge because deep learning is good for all but especially for those most disconnected in that it simultaneously tackles the equity and excellence agendas with impact. Equity and excellence are intertwined—BOTH have to be addressed together or neither will flourish.

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