Deeper Learning is the spiraling of experiences that enable students to honor identity and community, build proficiency, and create with purpose - in order to achieve the graduate profile.
Why Deeper Learning in SFUSD
In SFUSD we have recognized the inequitable resources and opportunities for students rooted in structural and systemic racism that most clearly manifest in shamefully predictable low academic outcomes and persistent sense of alienation within schools for Brown and Black students, English Language Learners, and low income students. We have worked to find meaningful ways to recognize and honor the experiences and perspectives of all students. We have moved towards a curriculum that focuses on exposing the social/political context that students experience... We have identified pedagogical practices focused on the affective and cognitive aspects of teaching and learning in order to build resilience and the academic mindsets required to push back against the persistent oppressive narratives about people of color. We identify, we work, we move towards, and still, the inequities persist.
This, of course, is not the whole story. Inequities persist, but we see pockets within our SFUSD community where gaps are narrowing and historically underserved and under-resourced student populations are reporting a greater sense of agency and belonging. What we see happening in these pockets aligns with what we are learning about deeper learning.