The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis
A Guide to Contributive Learning in Schools
The Clover K-8 School community is struggling. A recent health crisis and a wealth of other challenges have lowered well-being, for many, to crisis levels. But as the shadow that looms over Depthvale darkens, one class of students starts battling back. With sights on how learning can help them contribute, the students face fear mongerers, naysayers, bullies, and even a villain of their own imagination, all to keep Crisis from ruling the world.
This tale of hope amid challenging times will reveal to readers education’s true purpose, show you the steps to create real change, and help you and all those around you discover the wonderful ways you can add to the world.
“The Depthvale Detectives uses the power of storytelling to connect readers to the change that is essential in education. Every educator will be able to read this, see themselves and their school, and begin to think about how they can truly contribute to their own school community.”
Principal, Meramec Elementary, United States
“This book marks a true meta-moment for schools, a chance to consider what your best school would look like, and to choose the behaviors that bring it to life.”
from the foreword by Marc Brackett, Ph.D.
Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
The Good and the Bad
Equity, Assessment, and the Great Education Crisis
Regardless of measured academic performance, far too many students aren’t getting what they need to truly succeed, to experience wellness—a state marked by meaning, contribution, and fulfillment. For the health and well-being of our students and educators, we must create equitable systems of assessment that guide every learner on their path to success.
“Now more than ever, schools and school systems are in a position to rethink the role of educational assessment in the learning and development of diverse individuals—those of all races, genders, cultures, ethnicities, abilities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations, and each with unique sets of interests and goals that inform individual paths to success and fulfillment. We must create equitable systems of assessment that guide every learner on their path to success.”
Joanne McEachen, Mary Coverdale, and Matthew Kane
The Learner First
Measuring Human Return
Understand and Assess What Really Matters for Deeper Learning
Human return is the human capacity to contribute to other people’s lives and to the world. It’s incredibly important in the lives of every one of us, because when we contribute—when we add to the world—that gives us meaning, fulfillment, and well-being.
Measuring Human Return deeply explores the learning outcomes of self-understanding, connection, knowledge, and competency and how to develop them across schools and school systems. It includes diverse vignettes and case studies from all over the world, strategies and processes for your work with your students, and a comprehensive system of tools to help you develop and measure the outcomes that matter.
Check out the book along with the Measuring Human Return Audio Companion Guide created by The Learner First’s Mary Coverdale.
Dive into Deep Learning
Tools for Engagement
The leading experts in system change and learning, with their school-based partners around the world, have created this essential companion to their runaway best-seller, Deep Learning: Engage the World Change the World. This hands-on guide provides a roadmap for building capacity in teachers, schools, districts, and systems to design deep learning, measure progress, and assess conditions needed to activate and sustain innovation.
Dive Into Deep Learning: Tools for Engagement is rich with resources educators need to construct and drive meaningful deep learning experiences in order to develop the kind of mindset and know-how that is crucial to becoming a problem-solving change agent in our global society.
Engage the World Change the World
Deep Learning has claimed the attention of educators and policymakers around the world. Co-authored by The Learner First Founder and CEO Joanne McEachen, this book takes up the question of how to mobilize complex, whole-system change and transform learning for all students.
Deep Learning is a global partnership that works to: transform the role of teachers to that of activators who design experiences that build global competencies using real-life problem solving; and supports schools, districts, and systems to shift practice and measure learning in authentic ways. This comprehensive strategy incorporates practical tools and processes to engage students, educators, and families in new partnerships and drive deep learning.
Making the Important Measurable, Not the Measurable Important
Making the Important Measurable, Not the Measurable Important presents a comprehensive guide to understanding our children and how to approach teaching and learning. McEachen and Davidson have combined their knowledge to create a whole-system way of determining what is important to measure for each learner, teacher, district, state, and even country.