Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell, EdD, is the superintendent of the Ross School District in California. A prolific author and presenter, Dr. McDowell is recognized as one of the leading authorities on integrating innovative and impactful practices into schools.

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  1. Teaching for Transfer: A Guide for Designing Learning With Real-World Application

    In Teaching for transfer: A guide for designing learning with real-world application, author Michael McDowell provides F–12 teachers with a road map for reconfiguring classroom instruction to ensure that students learn to expertly apply their knowledge and skills to different contexts. McDowell outlines three levels of complexity in learning – (1) surface, (2) deep and (3) transfer – and explains that while the foundational levels of surface and deep are essential and allow students to understand and relate ideas, transfer-level work is key; it involves the interdisciplinary problem-solving students need to practice to become creative, well-rounded citizens who can meet and overcome unexpected challenges.

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