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Education Equity

How can we ensure all students have equal access to opportunities, support, and the tools they need to succeed? Explore and share proven ways to make this happen.

  • 3 Ways Project-Based Learning Can Address Equity

    Education Trust president John King describes how working collaboratively in teams—on purposeful, rigorous projects—can support traditionally underserved learners in the classroom and beyond.
  • High school student speaks in class.

    A Hip-Hop Song Inspires a New Path to Engagement

    A middle school teacher explains how she gamified assignments and saw a dramatic increase in student motivation.
    Toni Harrison-Kelly
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  • A photo collage of Angela Davis, Web DuBois, Sojourner Truth, Alain LeRoy Locke, Frantz Fanon, and bell hooks

    4 Black Philosophers to Teach Year-Round

    Weaving philosophy lessons into your curriculum can tease out bigger questions about identity, human rights, and artistic expression. 
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  • Students assemble a model wind turbine they constructed.

    New Research Makes a Powerful Case for PBL

    Two new gold-standard studies provide compelling evidence that project-based learning is an effective strategy for all students—including historically marginalized ones.
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  • A photo collage featuring Jo Boaler: Are We Teaching the Math Kids Need?

    Are We Teaching the Math Kids Need?

    Every child possesses vast mathematics potential, says Jo Boaler, Stanford University mathematics professor and best-selling author—but for them to access it, we need to rethink how we teach math.
    7.9k
  • An illustration of a figure examining data

    The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

    We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.
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  • High school chemistry students work together to create a 3-D model of a molecule.

    A Fuller Picture of What a ‘Good’ School Is

    Promoting relationships and a positive mindset toward learning has a bigger impact on students’ long-term success than raising test scores, new research shows.
    5.4k
  • An illustration of spatial layout skills

    The Spatially Gifted—Our Future Architects and Engineers—Are Being Overlooked

    Though they have the potential to excel in many fields, we’re neglecting a large body of students with a unique set of skills.
    13.7k
  • An illustration of a teen boy with a screen in front of his face

    The Camera-On/Camera-Off Dilemma

    A new study offers some guidance for striking a balance between class cohesion and privacy. Plus, strategies from teachers to encourage camera use in context.
    3.6k
  • A photo collage featuring Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

    Trauma is ‘Written Into Our Bodies’—but Educators Can Help

    Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, on the impact of multigenerational adversity, SEL in the classroom, and the transformational powers of meditation.
    13.1k
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    Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being

    The pandemic has revealed—and exacerbated—inequities that hold many students back. Here’s how teachers can help.
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  • Group of middle school students converse sitting at their desks in class

    9 Ways to Promote Equity in Our Schools

    Changes to curriculum and grading policies can go a long way toward helping a school level the playing field for all students.
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  • An illustration of a teacher trying to engage students

    7 Classroom Management Mistakes—and the Research on How to Fix Them

    Whether our emotions get the best of us, or we fall into familiar but unproductive habits, here are 7 common classroom management mistakes, and what the research suggests you should do instead.
    12.1k
  • Science teacher works with two students

    A Simple Way to Self-Monitor for Bias

    Teachers concerned that they might be showing bias against students in marginalized groups can use a short checklist for self-assessment.
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  • High school girl in classroom holding up hand

    Using High Expectations to Boost Students’ Sense of Belonging

    Research shows that when students—particularly those from traditionally marginalized groups—feel like they belong in the classroom, they engage more deeply in the learning process.
    2.7k

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