How to Continuously Improve Teaching

Learning science is always advancing, yielding new insights about how people gain and retain knowledge and skills. How can classroom teachers keep up—and even conduct their very own research to improve their instruction, day-by-day and week-by-week? We dig into these questions and more in this week’s episode of the EdSurge Podcast. It was recorded during … Read more

How Antiracism Work is Changing Early Childhood Education

In a recent Sesame Street video, cuddly monster Elmo picks up an autumn leaf and remarks about its color to a pair of more human-like Muppets who are sitting nearby on a park bench. “This leaf is red, like Elmo’s fur!” he says. Then Elmo reaches for another leaf. “This leaf is brown, like Russ’s … Read more

That Assignment Where Students Give Someone In Need $1,000

It sounds at first like a typical assignment for a high school English class. Students at Belmont Hill School are asked to think of someone they encounter in their daily lives who might need a financial boost and record a short video essay about them and why they’re important in their lives. Then comes the … Read more

The Key to Detecting Misinformation? Your Own Curiosity

The classic book “How to Lie With Statistics,” first published in 1954, is probably the biggest bestseller of all time on how to make sense of numbers. But it has left a troubling legacy—leading to a distrust of all kinds of statistics, even ones that can help make sense of things like today’s global pandemic. … Read more

New Book Explores the Long and Surprising History of ‘Teaching Machines’

Long before the advent of personal computers, inventors and researchers created what they called “teaching machines” in hopes of revolutionizing education. Some of these creations date back to the 1920s, and were made from wood and brass. Yet today’s edtech leaders often ignore or choose to forget this history, argues Audrey Watters, a longtime critical … Read more

To Support Black Male Teachers, A Nonprofit is Paying Off Student Loans

In a fifth-grade classroom at Monroe Elementary School near Minneapolis, a teacher named Thetis White was recently celebrated, while his students and a camera crew looked on. The teacher was being presented one of those giant ceremonial checks, as if he’d won a sweepstakes. The check was big—for $50,000. But this was no raffle prize. … Read more

The Lessons Teen Moms Can Teach Colleges

In 1999, a teenager named Nicole arrived at college ready to study literature and make her mark in creative writing. But she discovered that her campus was not ready for what she brought with her: a baby daughter. Despite child care and financial setbacks—and some unsympathetic professors—Nicole persevered and graduated. Now, she runs a nonprofit … Read more

What an Admissions Fight at America’s ‘Best’ High School Says About Educational Equity

Every year, around the country, high school students get their hands dirty with science projects—chemistry labs, robotics, that model of a volcano. But one school just outside of Washington, D.C., Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, was the first where students designed a satellite that was actually launched into space. And that’s just … Read more

How Are Final Exams Changing During the Pandemic?

The academic year is winding down at schools and colleges, and some instructors are rethinking their usual approach to final exams to fit this unprecedented time. At the North Penn School District, in Pennsylvania, final exams now count for no more than 10 percent of student grades instead of the usual 16 percent, according to … Read more

Who Really Benefits From College Student Diversity?

“Diversity” is a slippery concept. It can be used as part of powerful discourse about access to resources and making organizations more equitable. But it can also be diluted to refer to just about any sort of difference, thrown together for any sort of purpose. This ambiguity around diversity plays out at colleges. When they … Read more