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

The Jefferson County Public Schools have made a commitment to “whole-child education” that goes beyond academics.

When yoga becomes a respected part of the school day

Pushing for “whole-child education,” the Compassionate Schools Project focuses on mind and body wellness

James Lawrence, a 2017 graduate of the Traip Academy in Kittery, Maine, holds wooden duck decoys he made for an art credit his senior year.

Extending school far beyond the classroom walls

‘Expanded learning opportunities’ offer a chance to engage students based on their individual passions

Sanborn Regional High School student Jailee Thibeault does research during her social studies class. Each student chose a different figure from the American Civil War to profile.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

Boosters of personalized learning hoped for transformations under new ESSA law

Some teachers are gamifying their entire classes. In Classcraft, assignments are spaced throughout the game world for students to complete for points. Photo courtesy of Classcraft.

When the entire class is a game

Assignments are known as “quests” and students have to complete them to explore a game world

Open Educational Resources haven’t upended the way that K-12 schools get course materials – yet

That could change as whole-course curricula become freely accessible online

Using a stuffed animal to assist with breathing techniques, fifth-grader Vermetrice relaxes during a yoga class.

How one school is using yoga to improve outcomes for kids

Educators say unique programs are having an impact on students with disabilities

A teacher helps a student who is otherwise working independently on his laptop.

The path to personalized learning is not straight

In the shift to personalized learning, schools and districts often chart distinctly different ways


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Tulsa Public Schools uses visualizations to make it easy for teachers to look at student data and put their insights to use in the classroom.

Psst! When teachers get useful, timely data, they use it

Easy-to-read data dashboards can get teachers the student information they need to improve instruction

Making ‘Big Data’ useful rather than scary for teachers

How one district created a system to make data “a flashlight, not a hammer”