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Laura Pappano

Laura Pappano is an education journalist who also writes about gender and sport. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Education Life section and former education columnist for The Boston Globe. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and other publications. Pappano is founder of the New Haven Student Journalism Project, which helps second- to eighth-graders produce a real newspaper, and is writer-in-residence at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She has a bachelor’s degree from Yale.

Recent Stories

second language

What happens when college students discuss lab work in Spanish, philosophy in Chinese or opera in Italian?

A new movement has colleges adding second language sections to English-instructed courses 

Getting rid of the ‘gotcha’: College students try to tame political dialogue

Rebelling against political discourse that polarizes people, new campus groups seek common ground and informed discussion of hot-button topics

Angel Carter, a senior at Tulane University, leads the Green Wave Ambassadors, the tour guide group for the admissions office.

America’s colleges struggle to envision the future of diversity on campus

America’s colleges struggle to define, let alone achieve, diverse campuses in today’s identity-centric and socioeconomically divided climate

Jenn Zweber and a group of students in grades K through 3 discuss the impact of a Service Learning project on their community, during the first year that Impact Academy at Orchard Lake opened in Lakeville, Minnesota.

A “handmade forerunner” of personalized learning, forged by teachers

Long before the movement gathered momentum, a student-centered model arose in Minnesota

Dan D. Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

Personalized learning has broad appeal, but may be more revolutionary than we think

Ivy League degree: Now what?

For low-income graduates of elite colleges, the future often brings struggles with class issues


First-gen students at elite colleges go from lonely and overwhelmed to empowered and provoking change

Fourth conference of IvyG network is a far cry from the first one

Is the college degree outdated?

How small-bite credentials may trump college learning

Some investors, universities see a return in fronting students’ tuition

The idea of taking a piece of graduates’ future earnings starts to pick up steam