Teaching and Classroom Practices

Big Ideas in Science Education

Author: Multiple authors listed within report

Summary: "Big Ideas in Science Education", a blog post from Teaching Science presents Principles and Ideas of Science Education, a great informal resource for teachers of young scientists who want students to know what real... Read on...

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)

Summary: CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a set of... Read on...

Democratic Classrooms: Promises and Challenges of Student Voice and Choice

Author: Kristan A. Morrison

Summary: A valuable primer for educators, students, and parents looking to bring democratic education practices into their schools and classrooms. This paper presents the history and theory of democratic education and explores... Read on...

Getting Teacher Assessment Right: What Policymakers Can Learn From Research

Author: Patricia H. Hinchey

Summary: "Given the experience to date with an overwhelming focus on student achievement scores as a basis for high-stakes decisions, policymakers would do well to pause and carefully examine the issues that make teacher... Read on...

Incentives and Test-Based Accountability in Education

Author: National Research Council of the National Academies

Summary: This extensive and nearly 10-year long study undertaken by leading educators, economists, and psychologists with support from the U.S. Department of Education and several foundations carries a strong message:... Read on...

Innovating Pedagogy 2012

Author: Multiple authors from Open University

Summary: Here is the new report from The Open University -- Innovating Pedagogy 2012: Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers.

The series of reports explores new forms of... Read on...

Making Teacher Education More Democratic: Incorporating Student Voice and Choice

Author: Kristan A. Morrison

Summary: This paper follows Morrison's "Democratic Classrooms" article, reporting on the author's project to bring democratic education practices to her graduate education course. She outlines the pitfalls and strengths of the... Read on...

National Center on Universal Design for Learning

Summary: Founded in 2009, the National UDL Center supports the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information about advocacy, implementation, research, and other... Read on...

National Urban Alliance

Summary: The NUA's mission is to substantiate an irrefutable belief in the capacity of all public school children to achieve the high intellectual performances demanded by our ever changing global community. Our focus is teacher... Read on...

Opportunities to Learn in America’s Elementary Classrooms

Author: Robert C. Pianta, et al, & The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Summary: This study of what goes on in classrooms speaks to the need for greater consideration to the ways in which young people learn best. In a study of over 700 5th grade classrooms, results showed that the large percentage... Read on...

Project-Based Instruction: Creating Excitement for Learners

Author: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

Summary: This booklet provides an introduction to project-based instruction. It explains the research-based rationale for using the approach and outlines how the approach can increase students' engagement and knowledge... Read on...

Secondary School Advisors as Mentors and Secondary Attachment Figures

Author: Mark Van Ryzin

Summary: This study demonstrates that strong student-teacher advisor relationships can promote greater student engagement in school, greater academic achievement, and greater psychological adjustment.

Straight Talk on Teaching Quality: Six Game-Changing Ideas…

Summary: The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University published this report in December 2011 for the Schott Foundation for Public Education.

From the introduction: "In the following pages, we describe six... Read on...

The Benefits of Place-Based Education

Author: Place-based Education Evaluation Collaborative

Summary: This report reviews studies on place-based education involving over 100 schools and 2,750 surveys of teachers and students. It found that place-based education fosters students' connection to place, creates vibrant... Read on...

Unraveling the “Teacher Shortage” Problem

Author: National Commission on Teaching and America's Future

Summary: This report analyzing teacher retention found that almost 33% of public school teachers are leaving the profession within their first three years and nearly 50% after five years, primarily because of dissatisfaction... Read on...

Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School

Author: Alison Gopnick

Summary: This is one of the most readable articles explaining research that shows the value of exploration and discovery in learning in contrast to direct instruction. The author, University of California-Berkeley professor and... Read on...

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