Jill Barshay

Why talking — and listening — to your child could be key to brain development

A new neuroscience study finds that back-and-forth conversation is related to brain activity and verbal aptitude

iZone mentor Diedre Downing, a math teacher at NYC iSchool in Manhattan, walks Blended Learning Institute participant Juliana Matherson through Google' Autocrat application on July 18, 2014 in Manhattan. Autocrat lets teachers give custom feedback to students after an online assignment. The New York City Department of Education's Blended Learning Institute is a two-year training program taught by current classroom teachers on how to use the part digital, part traditional classroom style. (Photo: Alexandria Neason)

Does every teacher need a coach?

A new analysis of 60 studies on teacher coaching finds that benefits dissipate as coaching programs attempt to reach more teachers

Hunter College junior Raymi Echavarria is spending the summer making sure students from her old high school in Brooklyn make it to college this fall.

New research offers hope to first-generation college grads

Pay stubs of first-generation students match those of wealthier peers

How to help students avoid the remedial ed trap

A new study highlights some promising reforms but also points out obstacles

Researchers can predict when a student’s mind is wandering. What should we do about it?

Personalized learning software reveals that human intuition is often wrong about what mind wandering looks like

These colleges turn low-income students into middle-class earners — but how?

A small, somewhat pricey 50-year-old program in New York City is a prime example of an engine of social mobility, economists find

New evidence indicates that paying teachers bonuses raises student performance by a small amount

A comprehensive federal study sheds new light on how merit pay works — and doesn't work


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Fewer teenage mothers, but they still present a dropout puzzle

Only half complete high school, report finds

Governments are spending billions more on education, and it’s making inequality worse

California spending on education surged 10% from 2013-15

Counting your way to a college A

University of Michigan professors award many more A's under new grading system