Gene Wilhoit (#811)
Gene Wilhoit, director of the University of Kentucky National Center for Innovation in Education, discusses innovations in classroom teaching.
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Gene Wilhoit, former Kentucky education commissioner, spent six years as director of the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington D.C., where he spearheaded the development of the Common Core State Standards. He was named director of the UK National Center for Innovation in Education in 2013. The center is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The UK center will focus on ensuring more states are adopting and implementing a standard definition of college and career readiness that embodies "Deeper Learning" outcomes. "Deeper Learning" means students have the ability to take knowledge and transfer it to new situations.
The Hewlett Foundation lists six Deeper Learning competencies: master core academic content, think critically and solve complex problems, communicate effectively, work collaboratively, learn how to learn, and develop academic mindsets.