Education Reform

A line of elementary school students getting on a school bus
New evidence on long-term effects of grade retention in third grade finds some good news among the nuance.
US Department of Education exterior, with old school bell in front
A primer on presidential transitions, Betsy DeVos, and how federal policy trickles down.
The Problem with School Choice
Why using competition to improve the education market isn’t so simple.
multicultural group of students working around a laptop
Educating a new generation of global citizens prepared to create, collaborate, and navigate the world’s complexities.
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After a shocking end to the 2016 election, faculty experts assess the future.
Jeb Bush
A conversation with Jeb Bush about challenges in education (and government).
Undocumented and Educated
Helping students and families navigate their opportunities, amid the realities of immigration policy in the United States.
Group of students casually talking, with one girl facing camera and smiling
Five ways to welcome student input and bolster your school's success.
Exploring Affirmative Action
What colleges — and college students — get wrong about diversity on campus.
Stacks of books in a library
A new study reveals that educators use research. Now — how to maximize its potential?
Six city mayors shown on stage at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Launching a community-wide effort to break down the barriers to success for low-income students.
Takeover to Turnaround
What states and schools can learn from the Massachusetts takeover of Lawrence Public Schools.
Should I Be Worried?
The deceptive nature of proficiency as a measure of student progress — and how to fix the funhouse mirror
What Big Data Means
The rise of data science could dramatically expand what we know about learning, teaching, and schooling, a new report finds.
Complicated
Simple ideas that can really work to change education.
Paul Reville on the Harvard campus
What will it take to design an education system that prepares 21st-century learners?
Be the Change
A pathway to organizational renewal — via personal learning and professional growth.
Testing
As educators in Atlanta face jail time, an expert weighs in on where we’ve gone wrong with standardized tests.
shredded paper with one piece that says evidence
Four points on what works, and what doesn’t, in evaluating education policy.
photo of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
The Harvard Family Research Project places emphasis on the links between leadership and family engagement on Presidents Day.
Mirror
Ron Ferguson talks about opportunity, achievement, and raising the bar for all students.
jeff riley
How a skilled leader is changing the landscape in a chronically underperforming district.
Todd Rose
The new science of the individual can help us build an education system that delivers success for each person.
Professor Paul Reville
Professor Paul Reville provides eight steps to building an education system that delivers on the promise of excellence and equity.
photo of faculty Paul Reville, Heather Hill and Daniel Koretz with Mary Tamer of Usable Knowledge
In a video roundtable, HGSE experts explore the challenges of implementing America’s new standards.
associate professor Jal Mehta
Associate Professor Jal Mehta explores the various factors that drive — or impede — sound educational policy.
road sign that says data, information, knowledge, learning
A policy brief aims to help educational leaders make informed choices about what kind of data is useful, how to collect it, and how to apply it.
Professor Richard Elmore
With accountability standards creating more public scrutiny than ever before, educational leaders must focus their efforts on instruction.