Jaylen, a sixth grade student at one of our partner schools, shares his story. When teachers team up with parents, powerful things happen.
Envision a classroom full of second-grade students who are at the tail end of a lesson. These students are really having fun. The reason why may shock you: they are completing a formative assessment about what they learned. This is the picture in Ryan Feeney’s second grade classroom at PS 279, one of our partner… read more
The Trump administration has proposed $2.4 billion in FY2018 cuts to one of the most important levers for improving the quality of education in the U.S.: professional development. The reason? “Funding is poorly targeted and supports practices that are not evidence-based.” (Politico) Although professional development (PD) has often been portrayed as ineffective, there is increasing evidence… read more
When Mr. Freeman, a fourth grade teacher at Du Bois Integrity, began his first year of teaching last year, he experienced two challenges that are common to first-year teachers. Both these challenges related directly to his interest in making his classroom environment more conducive to personalized learning: (1) He needed to determine how to make… read more
According to the “Teachers Know Best” report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, teachers are excited about personalized learning, but they have expressed concern that digital content is not rigorous enough. In speaking with educators across the country, the need for rigorous content has been a recurring theme. Ami Gandhi, who has been teaching for more than… read more
I recently heard Jim Shelton, President of Chan Zuckerberg Education, speak about Benjamin Bloom’s famous paper from the 1980s, “The 2 Sigma Problem.” Jim’s talk encouraged me to reread that paper and marvel at what a great framework Bloom gave us to think analytically about education interventions. In a nutshell, Bloom’s 2 Sigma work showed… read more