Weaving a Stronger Society: Starting in our Schools

A new multimedia effort, “Weaving a Stronger Society — Starting in our Schools” is the product of a partnership between The 74 and The Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C. In 2018, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Aspen started Weave: The Social Fabric Project, seeking to mend the broken social Read more about Weaving a Stronger Society: Starting in our Schools[…]

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The forgotten 20 percent: Achievement and growth in rural schools across the nation

NWEA recently released new research using data from over 2,300 rural schools across the US providing unique insight into math and reading achievement of students in rural schools. Key findings and recommendations from the report appear below:  KEY FINDINGS  • Kindergarten math and reading achievement is slightly higher in rural than non-rural schools, but by Read more about The forgotten 20 percent: Achievement and growth in rural schools across the nation[…]

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Creating Safe, Equitable, and Engaging Schools

Four years ago, Mary Catryn D. Ricker of the Shanker Institute and David Osher of AIR collaborated on the introduction to a book, Creating Safe, Equitable, Engaging Schools. Their introduction shared six practical, science-based principles that not only ground the book, but also speak to the current crises in education. These six principles are integral Read more about Creating Safe, Equitable, and Engaging Schools[…]

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Future Scenarios for Schooling

Just what the future of education looks like is opaque. But thanks to insights from Tracey Burns, an international education researcher, and others, some possible options for how school could change exist. Burns co-authored the recent Back to the Future of Education: Four OECD Scenarios for Schooling report, which looks at themes inside the education Read more about Future Scenarios for Schooling[…]

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Agency by Design: Making Learning Engaging

The global COVID-19 pandemic pulled back the curtain on the growing need for greater student agency and student engagement. As we rethink the future of education in a post-pandemic world, learner agency must be at the center of learning designs and learning models so that we can support students anytime, anyplace, and at any pace. Read more about Agency by Design: Making Learning Engaging[…]

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The Time Has Come for Truly Personalized Learning — With a Navigator to Make Sure Each Child Succeeds

Writing for The 74, Paul Reville and Geoffrey Canada recently made the case that it is time for truly personalized learning for students. Excerpts of the piece appear below:  We believe the time has come for every child to have a success plan and a navigator, a caring adult to act as their advocate for Read more about The Time Has Come for Truly Personalized Learning — With a Navigator to Make Sure Each Child Succeeds[…]

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Continuous Improvement in Education Settings: A Literature Review

Over the last decade, educators have become increasingly interested in continuous improvement (CI) as a strategy for reform. CI requires practitioners to engage in iterative cycles of inquiry by defining local problems of practice, testing potential interventions, studying the results, and improving upon those interventions. This method of improvement stands in contrast to approaches focused Read more about Continuous Improvement in Education Settings: A Literature Review[…]

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How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research

Over the past two decades, the policy landscape and the research landscape of school leadership have experienced major shifts. High-stakes accountability, multiple-measure teacher evaluation systems, heightened policy attention to educational equity, and other changes have altered expectations for what leaders need to know, how they spend their time, and the outcomes—both what and for whom—they Read more about How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research[…]

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Forging Youth-Centered Futures: Bringing Youth Visions to Life

How might kids remake learning for a post-pandemic future? What advice might they have for adults? What approaches and strategies might they want us to use as we build futures focused on them? We won’t know if we don’t include youth and their perspectives in our conversations and strategic planning for teaching and learning. If Read more about Forging Youth-Centered Futures: Bringing Youth Visions to Life[…]

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The Future of Testing in Education

In a new series, the Center for American Progress examines how assessments in public schools can become effective instruments that help to measure whether schools and educators are meeting the goals of education. It considers how assessments are designed and how their results are used and understood, and emphasizes that when done purposefully, these tests Read more about The Future of Testing in Education[…]

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Crisis Breeds Innovation: Pandemic Pods and the Future of Education

In partnership with their funders, the Center on Reinventing Public Education launched a national initiative that brought together researchers from around the country to track and analyze the pandemic pod movement. The goal was simple: to learn from the families, educators, and community-based organizations who stepped in during the crisis to solve urgent challenges and, Read more about Crisis Breeds Innovation: Pandemic Pods and the Future of Education[…]

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Robo-Writers, Translators, Chatbots: Developments in NLP and What it Means for Education

Recently, Getting Smart published an intriguing piece on the likely influence of natural language processors on education. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Natural language processing is a branch of computer science, specifically artificial intelligence, that enables computers to understand human language, process it, and create language to interact with humans to communicate. AI, and Read more about Robo-Writers, Translators, Chatbots: Developments in NLP and What it Means for Education[…]

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March Issue Brief: Family Engagement

Research consistently shows that family engagement in learning positively affects a range of student outcomes, including grades, behavior, enrollment in higher level programs, graduation, and college attendance. Families and teachers want children to succeed, and working together, they can provide the supports necessary for student success. In this month’s issue brief, Core Education focuses on Read more about March Issue Brief: Family Engagement[…]

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What Parents Are Thinking

Learning Heroes’ sixth annual national survey dives deeply into the beliefs and perceptions of parents, teachers, and principals. Some of its findings: Parents want to be as involved or even more involved in their children’s education. Safety should be a top priority in school, followed by academic progress, mental health, and emotional well-being. And what Read more about What Parents Are Thinking[…]

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Combining remote and in-person learning led to chaos, study finds

Writing for the Hechinger Report, Jill Barshay reviews new research that finds what teachers were saying throughout the pandemic – it is madness to teach students in the classroom and those joining by computer simultaneously. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Although educators are trying to keep schools open during the pandemic, they still have Read more about Combining remote and in-person learning led to chaos, study finds[…]

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Listening to Student Voices

A campaign by Transcend challenges communities to listen to students’ voices and use those insights to inform future innovations. In the words of one student, “As we consider what learning can look like for my generation and those to come, I hope more schools will take the time to walk a mile in the shoes Read more about Listening to Student Voices[…]

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