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 classrooms becoming increasingly digital, the role of teachers is bound to change.

As schools continue to digitize and automate, where do teachers fit in?

Technology has transformed many things in schools, but the centrality of teachers isn’t one of them

Students in a marketing course at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island check their phones before class begins. To tame classroom distraction, their professor uses Flipd, an app that locks students out of their phones during class.

Dealing with digital distraction

Solutions run the gamut—from tech breaks to tech take-overs

Woodrow Wilson High School students in Camden, N.J., see a rich orange flame in a chemistry lab that digs into atomic structure of elements.

More black and Hispanic science teachers could mean more scientists of color

Alternative training program gets more black, Latino and women teachers into science classrooms

A student at Summit K2, in El Cerrito, California, works on an art project while listening to music. Colorado’s Prairie Heights Middle School joins more than 330 partner schools on the Summit Learning Platform nationwide.

Personalized learning gives students a sense of control over chaotic lives

In a high-poverty Colorado school trying to turn itself around, individualized approach brings wide-ranging benefits.

Students in a new “Geometry in Construction” class at Eureka High School near St. Louis, Missouri, prop up a wall of the tiny house they built.

Students apply geometry lessons to build tiny houses

Hands-on work means math skills are “not going to waste,” students say

Junior Alex DesRuisseaux and senior Jesus Garcia work in the library of the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates

The University of Maine at Presque Isle hopes new approach will produce more skilled workers for a struggling region

Modern apprenticeships offer path to career — and college

No longer an either-or proposition: Students plan apprenticeships then college on the way to the workforce.

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Helping teens find their purpose

A new movement in schools makes room for students to explore life’s big questions

Internet access in schools: E-rate trends and the end of net neutrality

The federal E-rate program has increased classroom internet access, but net neutrality decision could hamper it

Microsoft employees in Redmond, Washington. With a huge shortage of college graduates in data and computer science, tech companies are taking matters into their own hands and providing education directly to prospective tech workers.

Impatient with universities’ slow pace of change, employers go around them

Tech companies are sidestepping the middleman and creating their own courses

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