Teachers Don’t Just Use Research — Some Are Designing It Themselves

When Carlo Diy throws out a question to his high school entrepreneurship and marketing students, he steels himself for an uncomfortable few moments ahead. “It’s just crickets,” says Diy, a second-year teacher at Durham Public Schools in North Carolina. “That’s been really challenging for me and, I know, for pretty much all other teachers during … Read more

Students Are Slipping Through the Cracks of Special Education. Schools Must Do Better.

This is the story of a student who got lost in the system. Jason* was a 10th grader affected by the pandemic like many other students and their families. He came to school one day and explained to his teacher that his mother had lost her job at a day care due to declining enrollment. … Read more

Education Research Is Still Too Dense. We Need More Teacher-Researcher Partnerships.

In April of 2021, a simple Google search for “Online Teaching Tips” yields more than half a billion results. Half a billion resources offering tips, tricks, guidance and expertise to educators who are eager to meet their students’ needs amidst very demanding circumstances. And while today’s unprecedented levels of educational challenge may merit equally unprecedented … Read more

Can an XPrize For Learning Science ‘Lure’ New Types of Researchers Into Education?

The field of education research is usually pretty sleepy—marked by small one-off trials isolated from the work of other research projects. That frustrates Mark Schneider, the director of the Institute for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. So he’s pushing to bring a little flash—and more experimentation on the big-name education platforms that … Read more

Is Teaching Still an Appealing Profession? A Growing Teacher Shortage Worries Experts

Long Beach Unified, one of the largest school districts in California, is facing a worrying but all-too-familiar problem: Finding enough qualified teachers, or even substitutes, to fill what some experts see as a growing shortage in the midst of an unpredictable pandemic. This year, leaves of absences in Long Beach increased by 35 percent, and … Read more

When the Animated Bunny in the TV Show Listens for Kids’ Answers — and Answers Back

During tricky situations in the new PBS KIDS show “Elinor Wonders Why,” a curious rabbit directs a question to viewers, pausing to give them a chance to answer. This invitation to participate in the plot of the story is a hallmark of educational programs for young children, a moment designed to check their comprehension and … Read more

The Digital Divide Has Narrowed, But 12 Million Students Are Still Disconnected

When schools closed last March, roughly 16 million U.S. K-12 students lacked access to a working device, reliable high-speed internet or both. In the months that followed, many states and school districts mobilized, using federal CARES Act funding, broadband discounts and partnerships with private companies to connect their students and enable online learning. Those efforts … Read more