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Prerequisites

Working knowledge of schools and education systems as well as the political, policy, and public pressures to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students.

About this course

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Want to explore ambitious teaching and how collaboration between students and teachers can lead to deeper learning and the development of 21st-century skills?

This course is developed in partnership with Microsoft as part of the Microsoft K-12 Education Leadership initiative, which aims to help K-12 school leaders drive the pursuit of ambitious instruction in classrooms.

Beyond the straightforward transfer of facts and skills, ambitious instruction has teachers and students making meaning of rich academic content, engaging authentic practical and intellectual puzzles, and creating new knowledge and capabilities in themselves and others. Globally, ambitious instruction sits at the very center of policy-driven educational improvement efforts, with schools and systems pressed to engage students in "deeper learning" and the development of "21st-century skills."

This course is both for individual leaders and for teams of leaders from a school, district/region, or system who aim to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for students, especially those historically underserved by public schools. For these teams, the course will function as a platform both for initiating their joint practice and for collaborating on issues that arise in their joint practice.

Students will explore:

  • The meaning and practice of ambitious instruction.
  • The use of technology in ambitious instruction.
  • Systemic supports for ambitious instruction.
  • The practice of leading transformative change.

This course is part of the Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement MicroMasters Program offered by MichiganX.

What you'll learn

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  • To use videos and other evidence to develop teachers’ understandings of ambitious instruction.
  • To use technology to support students and teachers in enacting ambitious instruction.
  • To use research-based frameworks to organize schools and systems to support ambitious instruction.
  • To use leadership strategies and skills to inspire and support positive change.

Meet your instructors

Deborah Loewenberg Ball
The William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education
University of Michigan
Nell Duke
Professor in the School of Education
The University of Michigan
Liz Kolb
Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education
University of Michigan
Elizabeth Birr Moje
Dean of the School of Education
University of Michigan

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