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SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST

PETE LEIDA
Director of Schools
Colonial School District (Del.)

SHERRIE CLARK
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Colonial School District

JASON BEDFORD
Chief Customer Officer
eSpark Learning
prepares our students with skills that will allow them
to flourish in an unknown world 10, 15 or 20 years
from now. Deeper learning is a part of that vision. Our
district's mission puts an emphasis on personalizing
learning and preparing students to flourish in a
global society. These are important components of
deeper learning.
Pete Leida: The primary challenge all districts face
is planning and time. The second challenge we've
had in our district is building a classroom and
school culture that prioritizes the six components of
deeper learning. We need to support our teachers in
understanding that all students can achieve at a high
level-especially students who come from poverty.
The last challenge we face on a pretty regular basis is
accessing high-quality academic resources.
Sherrie Clark: As we work to build a district culture of
deeper learning, we frequently engage in classroom
walk-throughs and observation. A few years ago we
made the shift from looking at what the teacher is
doing to what the students are doing. Now we look
for things like persistence and what kind of discourse
students are having. When students start working
with their peers and engaging in metacognition,
they're on the path to deeper learning.
Pete Leida: Having partnerships with a number of

different tech companies has been essential to our
district goals. You need to have those partnerships
where you're working together to develop a
curriculum and tools that truly meet the needs of all
of your students.
We often think about how we can use technology
in a way that differentiates and personalizes learning
while freeing up teachers to engage students in
deeper conversations, both in small groups and
in individual coaching sessions. Technology has
allowed us to achieve these goals at scale. Investing
in tools that support deeper learning has increased
our graduation rates and advanced placement
scores. Students are more engaged, and teachers are
empowered to do their best work.
Jason Bedford: While it's great for streamlining
differentiation and targeted intervention, instructional
tech has historically failed to support higher-order
thinking and the application of knowledge. At eSpark
Learning, we set out to rectify this gap. Frontier,
our inquiry-based solution, supports districts in
empowering effective teachers, incorporating deeper
learning opportunities into core instruction, and
building stronger writers and readers.
We have found that providing teachers with the
framework and multimedia content they need to lead
engaging, effective lessons goes a long way toward
achieving deeper learning at a district level.

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