Future of Learning

The factory model of education is out. Now more schools are personalizing learning and trying to motivate students by empowering them in the classroom. Will this improve academic outcomes? Will it close achievement gaps? The Hechinger Report explores the innovations at the core of today’s cutting-edge schools. See all our Special Reports

How to sort the good from the bad in OER

Online resources are overflowing, but reliable means to evaluate them and help teachers use them are rare

Fifth-grader Camar Graves adjusts his Lego robot in a robotics class at Elm City College Prep, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Can kids get passionate about learning — and develop the persistence to follow where it leads? One school has a plan

A charter network tests a model of schooling that lets youngsters reinvent themselves through exploration

Eunice Millán prepares to measure the force of friction in a physics lab at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, New Jersey, which requires all students to take physics to graduate.

One reason students aren’t prepared for STEM careers? No physics in high school

A shortage of physics teachers limits physics-taking, which limits the number of physics teachers

While most books are still just text on a page, augmented reality books can bring words and stories to life.

When reading a book means more than just looking at text on a page

With augmented reality books, students can see vocabulary come to life.

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho talks with a school board member after he announced he will turn down a job offer to become head of the New York City schools on March 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Carvalho made the announcement to not become New York City's schools chancellor during an emergency School Board meeting that had been called to discuss the news of the job offer.

Analysis: Children first? Once again, egos and politics obscure education issues

Miami-Dade superintendent spurns chance to lead NYC schools

Parent mentor coordinators prepare for a group presentation.

OPINION: Many students who need mentors still don’t have them

Supporting more at-risk youth in a cost-effective and essential way

Schools collect reams of data that could help teachers make decisions in the classroom, but getting all that data into one system, formatted the same way, is a pressing challenge for districts.

School data is messy, but it doesn’t have to be

A drive to make data ‘interoperable’ could unlock the promise of classroom innovation in the digital age


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A new research project aims to figure out why particular ed tech initiatives succeed or fail. Students in a Chicago charter school work on tablets during class.

Don’t ask which ed tech products work, ask why they work

A new research venture aims to help schools find the best educational technologies for their circumstances