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.

OPINION: Bullying is on the rise, survey shows. How did we get here?

The severe and lasting consequences for victims

The measured achievement gap between the students in this Revere High School English as a Second Language class and their English-speaking peers is likely to balloon with the introduction of the PARCC exam. From left, clockwise, are Mateo López and Nataly Gómez, both from Colombia; Amanda Moreira, from Brazil; and Maria Hernández, from Honduras.

Working in a group might be the best way to help kids meet individual goals, study says

Researchers also say that they found collaboration led to higher grades for black students

The learning experience is different in schools that assign laptops, a survey finds

More students report emailing teachers, collaborating with peers in schools with 1:1 programs

Veteran science teacher Craig Fischer tries to give his students hands-on learning opportunities as often as possible.

Teach like it’s summer school all year long

Hands-on, real-world assignments take more time but can be valuable for students

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

Freshmen at St. Louis Park High School, just outside of Minneapolis, take time out of their social studies class for a team-building exercise that is part of the school’s Building Assets, Reducing Risks program.

A little-known program has lifted 9th grade performance in virtually every type of school

Using a holistic approach with students to “catch those coughs before they become pneumonia”

Momentum builds for career-focused P-TECH schools

Since the first school opened in Brooklyn in 2011, more than 100 others have followed

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A study finds promise in project-based learning for young low-income children

Social studies and reading scores were higher in a test of a popular education trend

What “mastery-based” can look like in the classroom

A fourth-grade math teacher helps students understand where they need to focus and leaves them to it

English spelling doesn’t always make sense, so this tech breaks it down

Students learning to read can click for help pronouncing unfamiliar words

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