Learning

The Other Achievement Gap
The lessons we can learn from Asian American success.
One and all
How we can teach students to find common ground, for the common good.
Schoolwide SEL to Prevent Bullying
Developing a school culture that prioritizes the social-emotional wellbeing of every student (and adult).
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A high school teacher shares advice on guiding classroom conversations about controversial issues.
Growth Mindset and Children’s Health
Not just for school — a positive mindset has potential to boost physical well-being, too.
Photo illustration of teen boys bullying another boy
Why does school-based bullying happen? We went to the source and asked students for insight.
"Challenge Ideas, Not People"
Managing classroom conversations to navigate mandates of free speech and freedom from discrimination.
DJS One and All
A system leader’s views on ending bullying and harassment.
Teisha Thomas
Building trust by getting real, from the start.
Different components of children's faces brought together to create one face
In small ways and big, here's a new lens on how teachers can support English-language learners
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Three actions that will make a difference.
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Renewing an annual tradition by recovering its emphasis on racial justice and empowerment.
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Writing a new parenting script, one where our children become our teachers.
From Research to Action
How child welfare systems can use the science of child development to promote positive development.
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In early education, a new study asks the big questions: what works, for whom, and under what conditions?
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The transformative power of small encouragements and welcoming interactions.
Designing a Better Field Trip
How thoughtful educators are making museums more welcoming for students and their teachers.
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Talking with kids about the election and what's next — and helping them find their voice.
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Resources and support for teachers who want to promote computational literacy in their classrooms.
Understanding Core Skills
For education stakeholders, four key features of fundamental nonacademic skills.
Defining the Skills for Success
New report signals the difference between executive function and other regulation-related skills.
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Anti-Muslim bullying is different from other types of harassment. Here’s how schools can work against it.
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Educating a new generation of global citizens prepared to create, collaborate, and navigate the world’s complexities.
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How teenagers are making sense of the election — and preparing to step into their civic roles.
Second Lady Jill Biden recording an EdCast
Second Lady Jill Biden and fellow teachers lead the drive to support the educational and social-emotional needs of military children.
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Developing your expertise as a reader and a teacher of poetry.
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A model for how online education can increase access to higher education.
The Clear Value of Preschool
New study adds evidence that preschool works — so how do we ensure that every child can benefit?
Three children painting on easels set up outside
Time spent outside has wide-ranging benefits — and there are easy ways to integrate it into the school day.
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Facing down the challenges of teaching the 2016 election, with resources for preparing engaged citizens.
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An early-year lesson plan that helps students appreciate what makes us unique.
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How educators can foster authentic student motivation and build a classroom of engaged, tenacious learners.
From Teachers, for Teachers
Advice and inspiration for starting the new school year on the right note.
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Simple games, played intentionally, can make for powerful moments of social-emotional learning.
Undocumented and Educated
Helping students and families navigate their opportunities, amid the realities of immigration policy in the United States.
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Five ways to welcome student input and bolster your school's success.
Txting @ skool
In the era of texting and social media, strategies for managing shifting language norms.
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A snapshot of tested resources to encourage classroom conversations.
A smiling teacher calling on students in math class
An effective social-emotional learning program has to be a whole-school initiative.
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Resources for parents and educators on talking to kids about trauma.
A laughing mother looking down at her smiling baby
How parent-child communication from birth to age 3 sets the stage for lifelong success.
Picture of a lake in summertime, with a camp house and a wooden fence hung with colorful lifejackets
Free from school-year demands, summer camps are a key venue for social-emotional learning.
Costs of Specialized Teaching
New study shows negative effects of specialized teaching, hinting at the importance of teacher-student relationships.
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Why kids lose math knowledge, and how families can work to counteract it.
Dyslexia
Research indicates that children at risk for dyslexia can be identified before they begin school.
The Costs of Poverty
One third of 3- and 4-year-olds in the developing world are not meeting basic milestones. What can be done?
Mathematics, Everywhere for Everyone
Bridging the gap between math in the classroom and math at home — for all families.
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Giving teachers a voice in designing the learning environments of the 21st century.
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.
Closing the Gap Year Gap
Amid the buzz about deferring college, how do we make a bridge year that's accessible and beneficial for all?
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Encouraging student collaboration to foster deeper understanding and cultivate lifelong skills.
Developing a Digital Voice
Teenaged leaders on the opportunities and challenges posed by digital media.
Building Success at Home
How parents can build and model self-regulation skills to bolster children’s success.
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Technology is changing the way young people understand their impact and engage with the world.
Your Growth Trajectory
How to develop personally and professionally in all workplaces — including schools.
Deliberately Developmental
How workplaces can build success by unlocking the potential of every employee.
Innovations for Practice
From research to the classroom: Usable snapshots from the 2016 meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
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Advice from an educator and artist about how to make the most of your family’s next museum visit.
Quality for Some, or Access for All?
New case studies on refugee education shed light on challenging choices.
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Your brain may be hard-wired to focus on the negative, but (with practice) you can reprogram it.
Understanding Neglect
Why is a caring relationship with an adult so important to a child’s healthy development?
The Building Blocks of Success
How poverty compromises the core skills adults need as parents and on the job — and how to rebuild them.
Music Lessons
Tracing links between musical training and executive function — and bolstering the case for music in schools.
Ethical Collaboration
Teaching students to work together honestly — and to build a culture that stops cheating before it starts.
Literacy textbooks stacked on a desk
Strategies for parents and educators to encourage children to read — from infancy to high school
Responding to Student Writing — and Writers
How your comments on student essays can nurture stronger, more focused, and more determined writers.
Takeover to Turnaround
What states and schools can learn from the Massachusetts takeover of Lawrence Public Schools.
Two-Way Learning
Creating a classroom culture of reciprocity, where teachers and students are learners first.
Civics for Today
New forms of civic participation let us reimagine what it means to be a good citizen.
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Why students develop an aversion to mathematics — and how teachers can help change their minds.
Outloud
What education leaders should know about how to build strong reading skills (and strong schools).
Should I Be Worried?
The deceptive nature of proficiency as a measure of student progress — and how to fix the funhouse mirror
Educating for Peace
How schools can help foster a more peaceful world.
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The Good Work Toolkit can help you reflect on what matters to you — and what you want to accomplish.
Teaching the Environment
How educators can help students understand the complexity of environmental change.
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New study shows MOOCs have not yet fulfilled their promise as a force for equity.
Practicing Science
Augmented reality leads to a deeper understanding of ecosystem science — and forecasts the future of STEM learning.
Learning to Learn at Work
How to make the most of on-the-job learning.
What Big Data Means
The rise of data science could dramatically expand what we know about learning, teaching, and schooling, a new report finds.
Science Ed
Amid STEM enthusiasm, stepping back to consider the broader purpose of teaching and learning science.
How to Raise a Voracious Reader
Promoting literacy with dinnertime storytelling, family conversation, and books about food.
KAthy Boudett
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Settling In
What U.S. educators need to know about refugee children and how to teach them.
Pause and Reflect
New video tools to enhance teachers’ powers of self-reflection.
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Marking Hispanic Heritage Month with a collection of resources for Latino family engagement.
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To stop bullying, a new social media campaign asks us to start with kindness.
A Toolkit for Video in the Classroom
How classroom-based, teacher-controlled video can improve the observation process.
Bilingualism as a Life Experience
What we’re learning about the lasting cognitive effects of speaking two languages.
Learning By Telling
How case studies — reading them, writing them — can improve your family engagement practice and open new channels of communication.
Fernando Reimers
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Mandy Savitz-Romer
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Animated characters from the Pixar film Inside Out
A Hollywood primer on emotions, feelings, and behavior — with teachable moments for educators and parents.
Lego
How an effective syllabus can signal — and create — a distinctive class experience.
Making Caring Common
A toolkit helps educators spur conversation, fight stereotypes, and build leadership skills in teen girls.
The Payoff of People Skills
In a mechanized world, wages and employment are growing fastest in jobs where social skills and teamwork are primary.
When the Classroom Feels Hostile
How stigma, stereotype, and labels can affect kids with learning disabilities.
Projects that Soar
An online repository of outstanding student work shows what kids (and teachers) can achieve.
Complicated
Simple ideas that can really work to change education.
When the Glass Ceiling is a Mirror
Problematic biases against girls as leaders — often from other girls.
Boy and girl with digital devices
Writing new terms of engagement for how we approach our connected lives.
Paul Reville
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Be the Change
A pathway to organizational renewal — via personal learning and professional growth.
Making and Learning Together
The possibilities of family-style maker education.
Summer By the Book
Closing the gap by helping families build a tradition of summer reading.
Summer Code
Assistant Professor Karen Brennan shares expert tips for out-of-school computing fun.
Summer Learning
Exploring the ingredients of a great summer enrichment program.
Broadening the Conversation
Usable Knowledge announces interactive webinar series with HGSE faculty.
Making Incentives Work
Scholarships have greater impact when given to kids who are told they are high performers, new study finds.
Garden
Harvard’s education faculty answer the question that lies at the heart of their work.
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New insights, new tools help educators expand the possibilities of maker-centered learning.
The Path to Resilience
A new video series shows how resilience is built, one positive adult relationship at a time.
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Turning everyday moments into brain-building blockbusters for young children.
David Deming
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
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Defining and aligning the noncognitive skills that college students need and employers require.
A blurry photograph of adults and children inside a museum
New ideas on how to create opportunities for all parents and all children.
Boy holding American flag
Project Zero works to expand our view of childhood and its civic possibilities.
CAST
An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students.
A small girl holds onto a teddy bear
Tips for parents and educators on talking to kids about the unthinkable and inevitable events in life.
Testing
As educators in Atlanta face jail time, an expert weighs in on where we’ve gone wrong with standardized tests.
UK Math
When it comes to solving math problems, it pays to compare.
MOOC
Harvard and MIT researchers take a look at the reach and realm of massive open online courses.
Lecturer Elizabeth City
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
An easel and toys in an early education classroom
A smooth transition to school lays the groundwork for later success.
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An intriguing study notes a correlation between a student’s level of happiness and GPA.
Liar
The dog ate your what? Four tips for parents on handling little white lies to tall tales.
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Parents can help their teens succeed in school — and beyond — by helping them pursue their goals and interests.
Karen Brennan
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Two teachers at Scratch Ed teacher conference
A new resource guide on how to launch Scratch Educator Meetups in your community.
UK Read
How can parents and educators turn the page on kids who are reading less and computing more?
Dan Levy
Lessons learned during a 90-minute Master Class with HKS Senior Lecturer Dan Levy.
A middle school debater from New York City
Building vocabulary via Word Generation helps NYC students enhance their debate skills.
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In a video roundtable, HGSE faculty consider the biggest question of all.
UDL
How teachers can tap the power of student autonomy when putting new Common Core standards into practice.
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How a global partnership is changing the educational landscape for children living in conflict.
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Today’s optimal learning environment is adaptable, transparent, and connected in more ways than one.
Nancy Hill
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
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Following the path of a round-the-world journey, a Project Zero initiative lets students trace new connections.
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A conversation with Meredith Rowe about how to lay the groundwork for your child’s vocabulary growth.
Andrew Ho
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Mirror
Ron Ferguson talks about opportunity, achievement, and raising the bar for all students.
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How young people quiet their online expressions of civic engagement over time.
Refugee children
In a new video, HGSE researchers describe their contributions to UN efforts to improve education for refugee children around the world.
Richard Weissbourd
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
James Ryan
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
jeff riley
How a skilled leader is changing the landscape in a chronically underperforming district.
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As more attention is paid to the “soft skills” of students — including grit and persistence — a new article delves into the reliability of their measurement.
Holiday Apps
With school vacation week approaching, a guide for families to make the best use of their digital time.
children's hands raised in front of a classroom chaulkboard
As the demography of the U.S. continues to shift, how can schools best serve their changing population?
Birds Illustration
How much does similarity matter in high school environments? When it comes to teachers and students, it's more than you think.
Two students participating in ecomuve
Virtual ecosystems and technology-enhanced curricula can build a deeper scientific literacy in middle-schoolers.
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One state’s experience with the Lead for Literacy framework in its drive for 100 percent third-grade reading proficiency.
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Five earliest-learning interventions for parents of infants and toddlers.
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With video cameras in hand, educators enhance their practice by watching themselves teach.
Todd Rose
The new science of the individual can help us build an education system that delivers success for each person.
Wires
Helping young people confront the ethical dilemmas of the online world.
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A guide from the Center on the Developing Child details activities and resources to enhance executive function in young children.
A paper cutout of a family
Case studies produced by the Harvard Family Research Project delve into key topics of family engagement in schools.
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HGSE's Agency by Design, housed at Project Zero, is fostering maker-centered learning initiatives that empower students and teachers alike.
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Professor Howard Gardner adds his unique perspective to the emphasis on wit and grit in a contemporary context.
Illustrations by Peter Horvath
Assistant Professor Karen Brennan shares five tips from kids on how teachers can push through the challenges of coding.
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Professor Karen Mapp explains what really works when it comes to cultivating partnerships between home and school.
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A new survey tool — free and open source — goes beyond the basics to shed light on what really matters in the classroom.
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The Harvard Family Research Project provides tips and tools on maximizing the school-to-family relationship.
A boy and a girl use computer
A new guide to creative computing from Assistant Professor Karen Brennan empowers teachers and students.
Infographic that shares statistics on what students said was most important to them in a recent poll
Five tangible tips on what teachers can do to foster a more respectful and caring classroom environment.
An illustration of the four Ps of the new meeting wise book
From Data Wise to Meeting Wise, faculty Kathy Boudett and Liz City offer concrete steps to make meetings more effective.
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A series of briefs aims to offer focus, strategy, and support to policymakers and practitioners on educating America’s youngest students.
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Assistant Professor Hunter Gehlbach's research yields clues on what motivates individuals to take the perspective of others.
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Professor Robert Kegan and Lecturer Lisa Lahey provide insight on what hinders positive change.
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Natasha Kumar Warikoo takes a closer look at how students navigate culture and achievement within two racially diverse high schools.
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James Kim has found that oral reading and comprehension modeling or "scaffolding" can make a significant difference.
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A 2009 report establishes the extent to which different kinds of schools have produced significant achievement gains in Boston.
Associate Professor Jon Star
To solve math problems accurately and efficiently, students need to learn multiple strategies as well as how to choose among them.
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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.
Newton's pendulum concept
Encouraging teachers and students to approach science from a broader perspective.
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A series of proposals for reforming the practice of leadership and for strengthening schools of education that prepare future leaders.
Professor Eleanor Duckworth
How teachers' "critical exploration" of students' behavior can reveal the nature of their understanding.
Professor Steven Seidel Named Senior Lecturer
A time-honored tradition borrowed from medical practice is helping teachers gain new insights into their students' work.
A teacher with two students
Lecturer Jacqueline Zeller's research and clinical work highlights the role of teacher-child relationships.
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Lecturer Terrence Tivnan takes a look at four literacy reform models in the Boston Public Schools.
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A decade of evaluation studies provide a basis to assess the educational potential of afterschool programs and to identify promising practices.
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A series of briefs examine the benefits of family involvement across the developmental continuum.
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As museums broaden their missions, learning is becoming a fresh and central concern for institutions as a whole.
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The integration of reading and writing strategies helps students to make the leap from knowing to understanding.