Deeper Learning Outcomes

The four deeper learning outcomes – self-understanding, knowledge, competency, and connection – help us contribute to others’ lives and to the world in meaningful and fulfilling ways. They’re what we need to succeed all throughout our lifetimes, so why should schools focus on anything less?


Understanding who you are, what you’re capable of, how you impact and fit into others’ lives and the world, and how you can make a difference.

Dimensions: Identity, Place, Capacity, Purpose


The factual, conceptual, or content-based understanding that contributes to who you are, what you can do, and how you connect.

Dimensions: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Other knowledge domains


The various skills and capabilities that give your contributions the widest reach, depth, and impact.

Dimensions: Character, Citizenship, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking

Learn more about New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) and the 6Cs here.


Connecting with others, your environments, your learning, and the world in meaningful and fulfilling ways.

Dimensions: Interpersonal, Environmental, Conceptual, Universal

Check out the Connection Learning Progression here.

Measuring Human Return

Learn more about the deeper learning outcomes and how to make them a reality in your own school or district in Measuring Human Return.