| Updated: May 28, 2020

Weighing the Research:
What Works, What Doesn't

An Opinion Series

 Introducing: A New Series on the Practical Takeaways From Research


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.









Here's How to Protect Students' Mental Health
Opinion

Here's How to Protect Students' Mental Health

July 24, 2020

Teacher-student relationships matter a lot. Research suggests a number of ways to strengthen them, writes Heather C. Hill.








Budget-Cut Decisions Loom. Here Are First Steps
Opinion

Budget-Cut Decisions Loom. Here Are First Steps

June 30, 2020

Leaders will be weighing what to cut. Research suggests schools in poor neighborhoods and effective teachers should get protection, writes a team of school finance experts.










Police Violence and COVID-19 Have Been Traumatizing. Here Are Tools That Can Help Schools
Opinion

Police Violence and COVID-19 Have Been Traumatizing. Here Are Tools That Can Help Schools

June 15, 2020

Research can guide educators looking for the best ways of identifying and treating traumatized teachers and students, writes Heather C. Hill.










How to Contend with Pandemic Learning Loss
Opinion

How to Contend with Pandemic Learning Loss

May 27, 2020

Some methods for catch-up are in place, but teachers will need to prepare for what students missed or forgot, write Heather C. Hill and Susanna Loeb.








How to Make the Coming Teacher Layoffs Hurt Schools and Students Less
Opinion

How to Make the Coming Teacher Layoffs Hurt Schools and Students Less

May 5, 2020

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.








Stumped by How to Best Serve Students With At-Home Learning? Follow the Evidence
Opinion

Stumped by How to Best Serve Students With At-Home Learning? Follow the Evidence

April 20, 2020

Schools need to foster learning at home right now, but parents can't always help. Economist Philip Oreopoulos explains what works best.








Parents as Emergency Teachers? The Research Offers Cautions and Opportunities for Schools
Opinion

Parents as Emergency Teachers? The Research Offers Cautions and Opportunities for Schools

April 7, 2020

Parents can be effective teachers, but they need the right kind of support from schools.








How Effective Is Online Learning? What the Research Does and Doesn't Tells Us
Opinion

How Effective Is Online Learning? What the Research Does and Doesn't Tells Us

March 23, 2020

Research suggests on average students don't learn as much online, particularly if they are already struggling, writes Susanna Loeb.








Culturally Responsive Teaching Is Promising. But There's a Pressing Need for More Research
Opinion

Culturally Responsive Teaching Is Promising. But There's a Pressing Need for More Research

March 6, 2020

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.









 Teacher PD Gets a Bad Rap. But Two Approaches Do Work
Opinion

Teacher PD Gets a Bad Rap. But Two Approaches Do Work

Feb. 24, 2020

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.









 Introducing: A New Series on the Practical Takeaways From Research
Opinion

Does Studying Student Data Really Raise Test Scores?

Feb. 10, 2020

Many teachers believe that analyzing student assessment data can improve performance, but the research suggests otherwise, writes Heather C. Hill.








 Introducing: A New Series on the Practical Takeaways From Research
Opinion

Introducing: A New Series on the Practical Takeaways From Research

Jan. 21, 2020

In a new series, Heather C. Hill and Susanna Loeb will synthesize the research to see what works and what doesn't in education.







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