Learning Found: Live Film Screening and Discussion

MAY 13, 2021

Skill and drill versus informed debate? Which approach would you choose?

To illustrate what learning at its best looks like, we filmed a fascinating exercise. Two groups of students were separated into two very different learning approaches. One was taught via a skill-and-drill program; the other, an informed debate powered by an engaging lesson.

Watch this screening and Q&A with our Chief Academic Officer, Dan Cogan-Drew and Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, who will turn the concepts in the film into practical advice for building learning recovery plans centered on student engagement.

Speaker Details

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Dan Cogan-Drew

Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer, Newsela

Dan brings twenty-plus years of professional experience spent working towards a more perfect union of teaching, learning and technology. Prior to Newsela, Dan was the founding Director of Digital Learning at Achievement First Public Charter Schools, where he spearheaded the integration of digital learning technologies across the network. He began his education career in Teach for America and went on to teach in public and private schools, as well as in the US Navy. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Brown University, and Tufts University.

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Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Founder and President, Curriculum Designers Group

Dr. Jacobs’s models on curriculum mapping and curriculum design have been featured in her eleven books and are the basis for software solutions used throughout the world. She is the author of thirteen books and has worked with a range of organizations both international and national, state and provincial education departments, and professional organizations. She is currently working with Newsela on its curriculum collection.

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