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

School Is Hard for Mobile Students. These Districts Want to Help.

Being the new kid in school is never easy. Students who move, especially during the middle of the academic year, must adapt to a lot: new classes, new textbooks, even a new social scene. And that kind of disruption can sometimes cause big academic delays. In Chelsea, Mass.—a mostly working-class suburban city just across the … Read more

Can Colleges Help Early Childhood Teachers Go Back to School?

The clock is ticking in Washington, D.C. By the end of 2023, workers who teach the littlest learners in the nation’s capital will be required to have advanced credentials in early childhood education. For some teachers, this feels like pressure. For college leaders, it feels like opportunity. And so two of the city’s universities are … Read more

Education and Industry Leaders Rethink Back-to-School Season at Inaugural Summit

With battle cries of “Digital on day one!,” districts launch into back-to-school planning around this time each year. But the pathway to a successful start to the new school year is littered with technical landmines. And they aren’t new problems—they happen every single year. The pathway to a successful start to the new school year … Read more

Students Benefit When Teachers Show Up With Curiosity, Not Assumptions

Fresh out of college with a mandate to effect change through the gift of educating the nation’s youth, teachers of every level come into the profession with great intentions. So many of them, however, have come through educator preparation programs that have not properly prepared them for the diversity they will face in today’s classrooms, … Read more

Many University Students Don’t Graduate. Why Not Give Them an Associate Degree?

Colorado is poised to enact legislation that will allow four-year institutions to offer associate degrees to students who have dropped out despite making significant progress toward a bachelor’s degree. The initiative, a switch-up on the growing number of community colleges offering four-year degrees, is part of wider efforts to support students and workers who were … Read more

That Class Where Stanford Profs Projected Hundreds of Zoom Students on a Video Wall

The pandemic inspired some professors to get creative in their teaching as they tried to move in-person courses online in engaging ways. At Stanford University, a popular large-lecture course used a giant video wall to let professors see as many of the course’s 250 students at once as possible and try to read the virtual … Read more