Center for Student Work
Using Student Work To Improve Teaching and Learning
Our inspiration for the REAL Projects Centre for Extraordinary Work comes from a collaboration between Expeditionary Learning and the Harvard Graduate School for Education. They created The Center for Student Work, an open resource featuring exemplary pre-K to 12th grade student work. They hope to encourage educators and students to use these models to raise questions, provoke thinking, and inspire excellence. Learn more about why student work matters.
Why Student Work Matters
‘For students and teachers, excellence is built through an ongoing process of examining models of strong student work, and examining their own work, to create a shared vision of what we are aiming for: what constitutes quality. For teachers, this process informs instruction and planning; for students, it promotes critical thinking, creativity and craftsmanship. Read more about the importance of student work.’
[Attributed to The Center for Student Work, Expeditionary Learning and The Harvard Graduate School for Education.]
The Illuminating Standards Project
Three questions frame the work of The Illuminating Standards Project:
- What does it look like when state standards are met with integrity, depth, and imagination?
- How can we use standards to open up and enrich curriculum, rather than narrow and constrain it?
- How can we use student work to raise the level of our understanding of standards and our dialogue about them?
Collaborating with Berger and Seidel on The Illuminating Standards Project, over 30 students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education have explored these questions by choosing projects from the Student Work in the Center for Student Work and considering the ways in which those projects did—and didn’t—meet specific state standards. Further, they examined how the student work illuminated the standards—and vice versa. Many of those students created short films and 12 of those films are presented here.