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Education Trends

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  • Collaboration in Personalized Learning

    Vermont educators are working on models of personalized learning that are built around relationships and connected to community needs.
    Katy Farber, Penny Bishop
  • Promoting Deeper Learning in High School

    Sarah Fine and Jal Mehta, authors of the book ‘In Search of Deeper Learning,’ share key strategies teachers use to create powerful learning experiences.
  • New Research Casts Doubt on the ‘Summer Slide’

    Under closer scrutiny, the idea of dramatic learning loss over the summer doesn’t seem to hold up, according to a recent study.
  • There’s a Cell Phone in Your Student’s Head

    A 2017 study found that cell phones that were turned off and stashed away silently reasserted themselves—distracting working students anyway.
  • A Public School Makes the Case for ‘Montessori for All’

    A Title I public school in rural South Carolina is proving that Montessori education can work well anywhere.
  • Dintersmith: Trust Teachers—They’re the Experts

    The best-selling author of What School Could Be shares his thoughts on what needs to come next in American education.
  • Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

    How a visit to Starbucks inspired a change to flexible seating—and then some changes in teaching philosophy.
    Kayla Delzer
  • Multiple Intelligences Theory: Widely Used, Yet Misunderstood

    One of the most popular ideas in education is applied in ways that its creator never intended.
  • 2018 Education Research Highlights

    Researchers studied students’ brains as they learned and took another look at the marshmallow test, learning styles, and growth mindset.
  • Do No-Zero Policies Help or Hurt Students?

    No-zero policies spur serious—and productive—debate among teachers. We look at the big insights on both sides of the argument. 
  • 50 Years of Children Drawing Scientists

    When girls don’t see women as scientists, they may not see their future selves as scientists, either—but teachers can make a difference.
  • Will Letter Grades Survive?

    A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.
  • Blended Learning Built on Teacher Expertise

    An inside look at a teacher-designed instructional model that combines blended learning, student self-pacing, and mastery-based grading.
  • 8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

    Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of '50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education,' a new book by David Berliner and Gene Glass, two of the country’s most highly respected educational researchers.
  • Suspensions Don’t Teach

    Restorative practices—an alternative to punitive justice—keep kids in school, where they can learn how their behavior affects others.