Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine posit that “deeper learning emerges at the intersection of the three elements” shown in this graphic: building knowledge, producing authentic work, and developing 21st century skills. 

When these three elements are intertwined effectively, Deeper Learning supports all students to demonstrate​ Masterycraft an Identityand display Creativity through their learning experiences. 

The concept of Deeper Learning pulls from and relates to many other best practices in the field, such as project-based learning, inquiry models, blended learning, or culturally responsive teaching (e.g., the Ready for Rigor Framework). Ideally these practices take place within the context of coherently aligned high quality instructional materials.