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.

Juab school district

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

This district says personalized learning boosted its graduation rate from 78 to 97 percent

Project-based learning boosts student engagement, understanding

Kids take projects more seriously and make interdisciplinary connections, teachers say

OPINION: Personalized learning wasn’t invented by Silicon Valley

Why the approach is sometimes misinterpreted as a step toward replacing teachers with technology

Teachers go to school on racial bias

Boston-area schools are leading a shift toward culturally responsive teaching. Educators say the resulting conversations about race are difficult, uncomfortable — and absolutely necessary

School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

In Silicon Valley, cash-strapped schools are selling bonds to buy student laptops

Vermont’s ‘all over the map’ effort to switch schools to proficiency-based learning

Schools across the state are ditching A through F report cards and letting students retake tests to emphasize learning over seat time, but each district’s interpretation of proficiency-based learning looks different, and a high profile fiasco in Maine looms large

Inside Maine’s disastrous rollout of proficiency-based learning

How well-intentioned education and business leaders, backed by wealthy foundations and a success story from faraway Alaska, sold state lawmakers on a largely untested theory of change

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‘We want a kid you don’t have any idea what to do with’

Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy helps very vulnerable students succeed in high school — and beyond

professional development courses

In professional development for online teachers, highlighting failure led the way to success

The success story may be more exciting, but this district’s leader says the initial failure is important, too

thinking strategies

Beyond basic reading, kids can learn how to think like a good reader

Making these thinking strategies explicit has helped close achievement gaps between English learners and their peers

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