Weighing the Research:
What Works, What Doesn't
An Opinion Series
Although the cries for "evidence" are frequent in the education space, evidence can prove elusive to practitioners: Where is it? How sound is it? What does it tell us about real-life situations? This ongoing series aims to put the pieces of research together so they can be used by those charged with choosing which policies and practices to implement.
The conveners of this project—Susanna Loeb, the director of Brown University's Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and Harvard education professor Heather Hill—have received grant support from the Annenberg Institute for this series.
They’ll be looking for you to suggest other topics using #EdResearchToPractice on Twitter or submitting a comment to the essays in this series.
Research can guide educators looking for the best ways of identifying and treating traumatized teachers and students, writes Heather C. Hill.
If budget cuts force pink slips, many districts leaders may be able to protect their most effective teachers, especially in schools where turnover is high.
Schools need to foster learning at home right now, but parents can't always help. Economist Philip Oreopoulos explains what works best.
Parents can be effective teachers, but they need the right kind of support from schools.
Research suggests on average students don't learn as much online, particularly if they are already struggling, writes Susanna Loeb.
The evidence that culturally responsive teaching can fix the nation's schools for children of color is promising, but woefully incomplete, writes Heather C. Hill.
Many researchers have given up on teacher professional development as a way to raise student test scores, but two approaches have been yielding good results, writes Heather C. Hill.
Many teachers believe that analyzing student assessment data can improve performance, but the research suggests otherwise, writes Heather C. Hill.
In a new series, Heather C. Hill and Susanna Loeb will synthesize the research to see what works and what doesn't in education.