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

As students spend more time on digital devices in school, data security becomes increasingly important.

Who is keeping student data safe in the era of digital learning?

Some districts go above and beyond compliance to foster trust among parents

A robot built by students to research endangered frogs in Lake Titicaca, in Peru, being tested in June, 2016, by Lindsey Hamblin, then a Skyline High School senior, and Callie Meyers, then a Skyline junior.

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

Students bank $10 an hour for after-school work completing projects for nearby companies

LISTEN: How a “drop-out factory” turned into model for success

Educators embraced personalized learning, an idea with little research but a lot of enthusiasm

Students from City As School high school in New York City think like engineers as they construct a water filtration system.

The next generation of science education means more doing

New standards push class activities that get kids thinking and acting like scientists

OPINION: Do we really want computerized systems controlling the learning process?

It’s more personal, motivating and meaningful when students gain choice and control

Carla Savinon, now a sophomore, works on a painting in her visual arts class last spring at Boston’s Margarita Muñiz Academy, where arts are a core component of the curriculum.

With no silver bullet, innovation abounds at this bilingual high school

The school also features expeditionary learning, mastery-based grading, technology, the arts and community-building

Experiments that send parents useful information by text have been found to increase student attendance and reduce course failures dramatically.

Sending parents useful information about attendance, course progress has big effects, social scientists find

Parents could be a greater resource in efforts to increase student achievement


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New documentary explores ‘the digital divide’

Filmmaker Rory Kennedy focuses on the causes and consequences of unequal digital access

OPINION: Seven traits of Massachusetts’ most effective classrooms

The bottom line on student engagement

Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning

The Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech (MAPLE) Consortium gives districts across the state a way to learn from each other