Schools

When Reading Gets Harder
A new focus on the way words connect — as a pathway to building the reading skills teens need for challenging texts.
Tolerance
In divisive times, a look at how one group pushes back on prejudice, starting early.
Parents as Allies in Reducing Absences
Targeting parental beliefs about attendance can get more kids to school, more often.
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For teachers and principals, vetted resources to help you prepare for unsettling incidents.
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The five cornerstones of an effective policy, from Washington D.C.
The Other Achievement Gap
The lessons we can learn from Asian American success.
Teaching in Complex Times
In our latest podcast, frank talk about ethical dilemmas and civic controversies in the classroom.
Beyond Survival
How to support LGBTQ and gender non-conforming kids.
Caring for the Whole Child
A middle school drama teacher describes how she makes her classroom a safe harbor.
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.
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Why does school-based bullying happen? We went to the source and asked students for insight.
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Opening a shared conversation about how educators can protect students from bullying, confront divisions, and foster inclusion.
DJS One and All
A system leader’s views on ending bullying and harassment.
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Redefining what we mean by bullying to better understand and prevent it.
RG One and All
To build hope and chart a path to success, relationships are key.
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How to open space for reflection and conversation amid difficult events.
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
Anti-Muslim Bias
Counteract stereotypes with knowledge.
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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.
From Research to Action
How child welfare systems can use the science of child development to promote positive development.
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New tools to help educators and support students in controversial scenarios.
Home daycare teacher reading to two infants
In early education, a new study asks the big questions: what works, for whom, and under what conditions?
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A primer on presidential transitions, Betsy DeVos, and how federal policy trickles down.
Ivy
Strategies for guiding undocumented students to college.
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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.
The Problem with School Choice
Why using competition to improve the education market isn’t so simple.
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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.
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College applicants can take control of a frenzied process by reflecting on their values and goals — for the next four years and beyond.
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After a shocking end to the 2016 election, faculty experts assess the future.
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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For a polarized nation, where media streams reinforce the divide, a prescription for bridge-building.
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Developing your expertise as a reader and a teacher of poetry.
More Than Safe
Creating a school where LGBTQ students thrive.
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A model for how online education can increase access to higher education.
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How we can (and must) train a new generation of higher ed professionals to start talking about race.
The Clear Value of Preschool
New study adds evidence that preschool works — so how do we ensure that every child can benefit?
Jeb Bush
A conversation with Jeb Bush about challenges in education (and government).
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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Amid declining state support for higher ed, a plan to stretch the dollars and bolster graduation rates nationwide.
Beyond Stereotype
Breaking the grip of the “model minority” caricature to see students as individuals.
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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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What does it take to foster a campus climate of inclusion?
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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.
Facing Race
Strategies for leading an honest classroom conversation about race in America.
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A snapshot of tested resources to encourage classroom conversations.
Exploring Affirmative Action
What colleges — and college students — get wrong about diversity on campus.
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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.
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.
College and the Good Student
Here's how high schools and colleges can help students prioritize community engagement and reframe college admissions.
Finding Your Summer Balance
How to strike the right balance between unwinding and achieving.
Dyslexia
Research indicates that children at risk for dyslexia can be identified before they begin school.
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A new study reveals that educators use research. Now — how to maximize its potential?
College and (the Real) You
A push for authentic community service aims to reframe college admissions. Here's what students should know.
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.
Safe Space vs Free Speech? (Illustration: Freepik)
Engaging in difficult conversations to find new approaches to controversial issues.
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.
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Technology is changing the way young people understand their impact and engage with the world.
 The Principal Challenge
Taking a closer look at an iconic profession — and what it takes to succeed.
Your Growth Trajectory
How to develop personally and professionally in all workplaces — including schools.
Ethics in the Classroom
A new way to find and explore the "right" responses to the toughest classroom dilemmas.
Deliberately Developmental
How workplaces can build success by unlocking the potential of every employee.
How Teacher Partnerships Work
New evidence of the tangible benefits of peer-to-peer, school-based skill building.
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.
Tough Choices
A social media campaign shines light on the ethical dilemmas teens face — and how to navigate 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.
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Strategies for parents and educators to encourage children to read — from infancy to high school
Teaching Together for Change
Five factors that make teacher teams successful — and make schools stronger.
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Digging into the politics of education in an election year to find out what the candidates are talking about — or not.
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How educators can help students navigate anti-Muslim bias — and counteract it in their schools.
Responding to Student Writing — and Writers
How your comments on student essays can nurture stronger, more focused, and more determined writers.
School Funding Sticker Shock
New study hints that publicizing education budgets may decrease support for greater funding.
Keeping Teachers in High-Poverty Schools
The organizational supports teachers need to serve students in high-poverty urban schools.
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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Superintendents should draw on a strong team and a foundation of community trust when making decisions.
Teaching the Environment
How educators can help students understand the complexity of environmental change.
Practicing Science
Augmented reality leads to a deeper understanding of ecosystem science — and forecasts the future of STEM 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.
KAthy Boudett
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Data Dialogue
Tips for educators on sharing student data with families.
Settling In
What U.S. educators need to know about refugee children and how to teach them.
Parent-Teacher Partnership
Four trends reshaping the traditional parent-teacher conference.
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.
Pamela Mason
New perspectives on school leadership and the challenges principals face.
A Toolkit for Video in the Classroom
How classroom-based, teacher-controlled video can improve the observation process.
Tipping the Scales
An interactive game shows how community choices can build resilience in the face of hardship.
Bilingualism as a Life Experience
What we’re learning about the lasting cognitive effects of speaking two languages.
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.
Making Caring Common
A toolkit helps educators spur conversation, fight stereotypes, and build leadership skills in teen girls.
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.
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A new approach to social-emotional skills: bite-sized strategies and flexible resources.
Complicated
Simple ideas that can really work to change education.
An Upside of Recession?
The quality of new teachers rises when the job market shrinks, new research suggests.
Finding Your Summer Balance
Strategies for managing the to-do list, recharging, and preparing for reentry.
When the Glass Ceiling is a Mirror
Problematic biases against girls as leaders — often from other girls.
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Writing new terms of engagement for how we approach our connected lives.
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What will it take to design an education system that prepares 21st-century learners?
Paul Reville
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Digital Drama
How teens help each other navigate online stress and abuse.
Summer By the Book
Closing the gap by helping families build a tradition of summer reading.
The Lunch Tray Makeover
Tips from the pros on how to market nutritious food to kids in school — and at home.
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.
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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The case for connecting technology adoption with learning goals.
The Path to Resilience
A new video series shows how resilience is built, one positive adult relationship at a time.
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After Baltimore, helping young people explore their feelings about violence, race, and their communities.
Parenting
Strategies for parental involvement in school during the teenage years.
David Deming
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Good Teaching
Project Zero resources help you dig into your practice and navigate common classroom dilemmas.
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New ideas on how to create opportunities for all parents and all children.
CAST
An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students.
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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.
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.
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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.
Thought Balloon
Why teacher teams struggle to work effectively together and how schools can create the conditions for success.
Karen Brennan
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
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Four points on what works, and what doesn’t, in evaluating education policy.
Tom Hehir
A book focusing on students with disabilities at Harvard challenges stereotypes and bias while highlighting the themes of their success.
A middle school debater from New York City
Building vocabulary via Word Generation helps NYC students enhance their debate skills.
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Today’s optimal learning environment is adaptable, transparent, and connected in more ways than one.
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The Harvard Family Research Project places emphasis on the links between leadership and family engagement on Presidents Day.
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.
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.
Professor Andres Alonso
Andrés Alonso shares his views on what it really takes to be superintendent.
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Inspired by the messages of MLK, the Harvard Family Research Project produces a resource to help families lead the way.
Incentives
How effective are cash transfer programs at expanding access to education in the developing 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.
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As the demography of the U.S. continues to shift, how can schools best serve their changing population?
Illustration
Can teacher-controlled video cameras transform the classroom observation process?
Birds Illustration
How much does similarity matter in high school environments? When it comes to teachers and students, it's more than you think.
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Virtual ecosystems and technology-enhanced curricula can build a deeper scientific literacy in middle-schoolers.
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Seven simple tips to manage holiday stress at school, home, and everywhere else.
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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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How context and interpretation shape decisions for educational leaders.
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Activities to help teens set goals, stay organized, and keep themselves on track.
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In a short documentary, three HGSE students — now alumni — interviewed faculty to find out what good teachers have in common.
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With video cameras in hand, educators enhance their practice by watching themselves teach.
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A guide from the Center on the Developing Child details activities and resources to enhance executive function in young children.
Professor Paul Reville
Professor Paul Reville provides eight steps to building an education system that delivers on the promise of excellence and equity.
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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.
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 Strategic Data Project provides a roadmap for schools awash in data but lacking a strategy to use it.
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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.
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In a video roundtable, HGSE experts explore the challenges of implementing America’s new standards.
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.
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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.
associate professor Hunter Gehlbach
Assistant Professor Hunter Gehlbach's research yields clues on what motivates individuals to take the perspective of others.
Professor Andrew Ho
Andrew Ho assesses current approaches to measuring proficiency among students and schools — and proposes alternative metrics.
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How morphology — viewing words as a combination of parts — can become an instructional tool for building reading skills.
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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.
Associate Professor Paola Uccelli
The exploration of oral language skills takes a twist when we consider children growing up in bilingual or multilingual environments.
Professor Nancy Hill
When it comes to parental involvement, how can families best navigate the path to student success?
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A study looks at the power of technology to recapture the attention of middle and high school students.
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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.
Scrabble words about learning
Embedding new words into classroom conversations and assignments pegged to topics teens care about.
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A time-honored tradition borrowed from medical practice is helping school leaders gain new insights into teachers' work.
associate professor Jal Mehta
Associate Professor Jal Mehta explores the various factors that drive — or impede — sound educational policy.
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Professor David Perkins utilizes his childhood baseball experiences to develop a set of core principles and concepts for teachers.
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Eliminating barriers in the design of the learning environment to make curriculum accessible for all.
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.
Newton's pendulum concept
Encouraging teachers and students to approach science from a broader perspective.
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A research-based and classroom-tested approach led to the Teaching for Understanding framework used worldwide.
Professor Richard Elmore
With accountability standards creating more public scrutiny than ever before, educational leaders must focus their efforts on instruction.
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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.
A teacher with two students
Lecturer Jacqueline Zeller's research and clinical work highlights the role of teacher-child relationships.
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A longitudinal study highlights family involvement as a key to literacy performance.
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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 Date Wise project helps schools turn student assessment data into a tool to enhance organizational performance.
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The integration of reading and writing strategies helps students to make the leap from knowing to understanding.