Welcome, I’m Jill Barshay, a contributing editor at The Hechinger Report. Every week I write about education research and occasionally crunch my own numbers. I try to find research that can help improve classroom instruction or school policies. I’m particularly interested in research that shows how trendy ideas are actually playing out in classrooms, from online learning to boosting kids’ soft skills. I also keep an eye what new research says is happening at colleges and universities, such as student debt and graduation rates. Subscribers to my newsletter will get quick bullet point summaries of my column Proof Points and links to research the topic more deeply.