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Deeper Learning Module Series

Fall 2020 Pilot Modules



What are the modules about?

This online module series focuses on building teacher candidates' capacity to foster deeper learning for all students. It highlights deeper learning principles and practices while making authentic connections to application within P-12 contexts.


Overarching goals of modules:

  • Develop candidates' disposition towards integrating deeper learning competencies such as collaboration, communication, & problem-solving with academic content instruction
  • Engage candidates as "adaptive experts" to make equitable and intentional adjustments to teaching practices
  • Require analysis and reflection on candidate's own teaching decisions through the lens of deeper learning

Four modules were released for pilot use over the course of 2020-2021:

  • Released Sept. 2020 - "Facilitating Effective Discussions to Promote Deeper Learning and Equitable Engagement" & "Supporting Students’ Mindset Development as They Navigate Challenges"
  • Released Jan. 2021 - "Developing a Critical Lens to Promote Socially-Just Narratives and Represent Diverse Identities" & "Supporting Student Collaboration Within Performance Assessments"


Who developed these modules?

The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) led the development of the modules with the support of the Hewlett Foundation, working in close collaboration with a national design team of teacher educators and experts in deeper learning. Feedback from pilot use in 2020-21 will inform their future release as customizable, adaptable open education resources (OER).


What role will faculty & instructors play?

  • Integrate module(s) as desired within an existing course(s) in order to actively facilitate and extend candidate learning about the module topic (estimated total completion time 8-10 hours)
  • Help candidates navigate between segments of online content, videos/case examples, real-time engagement in interactive/applied activities with their peers, and opportunities for reflection throughout each module sequence
  • Provide pilot evaluation feedback from the faculty/instructor & candidate perspective

How do the modules engage candidates?

The strategic design of the modules combines online instruction with applied activities that:

  • Can be flexibly infused into existing educator preparation programs and coursework
  • Immerse candidates in inquiry-driven learning experiences, facilitated and customized by their course instructor for their particular context
  • Require candidates to make connections between deeper learning, learner-centered practice backed by learning science, and real-world P-12 classroom teaching

Pilot Module Materials

Faculty/instructors will be provided with:

  • Access to all module materials and accompanying resources in the Canvas Free for Teacher platform
  • A facilitator's guide with additional guidance and supplementary resources for flexible implementation
  • Ability to adapt and customize the materials depending on program context, subject-area focus and virtual vs. in-person learning (all activities can be completed virtually as needed, but will require some synchronous instruction and collaboration)


For more information about individual modules and the evaluation and research for this project, please see the section menu on the right or contact us at


We are grateful to our design & research partners at California State University, Sacramento; California State University, Northridge; Elon University; James Madison University; Lehman College, City University of New York; NC State University; San Diego State; Spelman College; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Urban Teachers/Johns Hopkins University; Stanford d.School; Stanford Graduate School of Education, Learning Policy Institute & KnowledgeWorks, as well as our funders at the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.