Insights for Innovation
Putting knowledge into action: Snapshots from the 2017 meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Antonio, Texas.
Smarter Tech to Smooth the Path to College
How personalized texting (from a virtual counselor) can efficiently reduce summer melt.
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The five cornerstones of an effective policy, from Washington D.C.
Beyond Survival
How to support LGBTQ and gender non-conforming kids.
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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.
Readings, tips, and strategies for clear expression
From Research to Action
How child welfare systems can use the science of child development to promote positive development.
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?
US Department of Education exterior, with old school bell in front
A primer on presidential transitions, Betsy DeVos, and how federal policy trickles down.
Ivy
Strategies for guiding undocumented students to college.
The Problem with School Choice
Why using competition to improve the education market isn’t so simple.
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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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?
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Amid declining state support for higher ed, a plan to stretch the dollars and bolster graduation rates nationwide.
Male and female college student studying in library
What does it take to foster a campus climate of inclusion?
Undocumented and Educated
Helping students and families navigate their opportunities, amid the realities of immigration policy in the United States.
Costs of Specialized Teaching
New study shows negative effects of specialized teaching, hinting at the importance of teacher-student relationships.
Stacks of books in a library
A new study reveals that educators use research. Now — how to maximize its potential?
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?
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.
 The Principal Challenge
Taking a closer look at an iconic profession — and what it takes to succeed.
Innovations for Practice
From research to the classroom: Usable snapshots from the 2016 meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
Quality for Some, or Access for All?
New case studies on refugee education shed light on challenging choices.
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.
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.
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.
Should I Be Worried?
The deceptive nature of proficiency as a measure of student progress — and how to fix the funhouse mirror
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Superintendents should draw on a strong team and a foundation of community trust when making decisions.
What Big Data Means
The rise of data science could dramatically expand what we know about learning, teaching, and schooling, a new report finds.
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.
An Upside of Recession?
The quality of new teachers rises when the job market shrinks, new research suggests.
Paul Reville on the Harvard campus
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.
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.
Girl in classroom reading on a tablet
The case for connecting technology adoption with learning goals.
David Deming
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
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.
Resilient kids
How we can change our policies to help disadvantaged kids cope and thrive.
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Does the transparency permitted by Open Meeting Law help or hinder the hunt for top educational leaders?
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Four points on what works, and what doesn’t, in evaluating education policy.
Andrew Ho
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
Incentives
How effective are cash transfer programs at expanding access to education in the developing world?
James Ryan
In an ongoing series, education researchers reflect on what drives their work.
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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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One state’s experience with the Lead for Literacy framework in its drive for 100 percent third-grade reading proficiency.
Senior Lecturer Karen Mapp
Karen Mapp describes the origins and goals of the new framework adopted by the U.S. Department of Education.
Ferguson, Missouri
In this EdCast, Visiting Scholar Richard Rothstein explores the historical roots of the enduring segregation that undermines urban schools.
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.
Professor Andrew Ho
Andrew Ho assesses current approaches to measuring proficiency among students and schools — and proposes alternative metrics.
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A look at how court decisions across the United States are impacting education policy.
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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 Jal Mehta
Associate Professor Jal Mehta explores the various factors that drive — or impede — sound educational policy.
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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.
Senior lecturer James Honan
With public funds stretched thin, philanthropic grants to educational institutions may be the best hope for creativity and reform.
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The case for an evidence-based approach to assessing reform initiatives.

Usable Knowledge is a trusted source of insight into what works in education — translating new research into easy-to-use stories and strategies for teachers, parents, K-12 leaders, higher ed professionals, and policymakers. Usable Knowledge is produced at the Harvard Graduate School of Education by Bari Walsh (senior editor) and Leah Shafer (staff writer). Contact us at uknow@gse.harvard.edu.