The Social-Emotional-Learning Movement and the Self-Esteem Movement

Social Emotional Learning will almost surely turn out to have no real scientific foundation.

Do Principals Really Think All Teachers are Effective?

A new study finds that principals do differentiate their teachers’ performance, but formal personnel ratings don’t reflect this differentiation.

How D.C. Schools Are Revolutionizing Teaching

Teaching has been transformed into a performance-based profession that provides recognition, responsibility, collegiality, support, and significant compensation

Federal Work-Study: Past Its Prime, or Ripe for Renewal?

The Trump administration seeks to cut funding for the Federal Work-Study program by nearly 50 percent, from $990 million to $500 million, and to reform the program.

In the News: Consumer Agency Condemns Abuses in Loan Forgiveness Program

A report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warns of problems with a federal program that forgives some student loans for people who take public service jobs.

Technology Doesn’t Drive Blended Learning Success … or Does It?

When I observed classrooms and interviewed teachers and administrators, the thing that stood out was high-quality teaching practices, inspired and supported by effective school leadership.

The Tangled World of Teacher Debt

Clashing rules and uncertain benefits for federal student-loan subsidies

Promises and Pitfalls of Online Education

Online courses for college students can improve access, yet they also are challenging, especially for the least well-prepared students.

The Disinvestment Hypothesis: Don’t Blame State Budget Cuts for Rising Tuition at Public Universities

Surprisingly, researchers and the media have demanded very little evidence before concluding that state funding cuts are causing tuition to rise.

Blended Learning’s Unfulfilled Promise: Saving Teachers Time

Here are a few reasons why blended learning may not live up to its time-saving potential.

Cultural Activity Matters

A rigorously designed study out of Denmark shows that cultural activity among students is strongly (and likely causally) related to later academic success.

What We’re Watching: Silicon Valley Billionaires Created AltSchool

In this video from Business Insider, former Google executive Max Ventilla talks about why he founded AltSchool.

Now Trending: Personalized Learning

Can a buzzword deliver on its promise?

Teachers Don’t Need to Go It Alone on Personalized Learning

In some school systems, teachers can network and support each other in the effort to radically remake the classroom.

In the News: Franklin & Marshall’s Mission to Make College More Equitable Is Changing the Face of Higher Ed

This weekend, 17 percent of graduates who receive their diplomas at Franklin and Marshall College’s commencement will be low-income Pell Grant recipients.

Reading and Wronging

A review of “Language at the Speed of Sight” by Mark Seidenberg

Measuring Up

Assessing instructor effectiveness in higher education

Time to Help Teachers Generate and Use Their Own Evidence on Digital Tools

Teachers tend to rely on their colleagues for advice. That’s understandable, but it means that teachers have little assurance of a product’s effectiveness.

Rigorous Preschool Research Illuminates Policy (and Why the Heckman Equation May Not Compute)

Let’s avoid big and irrevocable bets on conclusions and recommendations that are far out in front of what a careful reading of the underlying evidence can support.

Time to Connect Professional Development and Teacher Training to Curriculum

Why is it so rare that thoughtfully vetted instructional materials form the foundation of professional learning for teachers?

Why School “Empowerment” Is Tough: United Edition

In too many schools and systems, empowerment tends to feel like an empty phrase.

Lessons From the End of Free College in England

The English experience suggests that making college free is hardly the only way to increase quantity, quality, and equity in higher education.

Boosting Hispanic College Completion

Does high-school recruiting help more students graduate?

Why Do Private School Teachers Have Such High Turnover Rates?

Federal data from NCES offers a potentially surprising revelation: Private school teachers have higher turnover rates than their public school counterparts, and it’s not particularly close.

Making Student Data More Usable: What Innovation Theory Tells Us About Interoperability

Imagine an ideal world in which all student data flows seamlessly and securely between software applications:

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