Is It Better to Have a Great Teacher or a Small Class The Atlantic
When it comes to student success, “smaller is better” has been the conventional wisdom on class size, despite a less-than-persuasive body of research. But what if that concept were turned on its head, with more students per classroom – provided they’re being taught by the most effective teachers?
Surprising new research on school funding The Washington Post
At the request of the Philadelphia City Council, we recently began examining school funding in Pennsylvania, focusing on trends in education funding and spending in the state’s largest school district, the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). While the SDP is perennially underfunded and among the lowest-performing districts in the state, our preliminary findings from an ongoing study of school funding suggest that the SDP does more, per pupil, with its current resources than its closest counterparts in terms of student poverty and achievement. Indeed, we believe that the SDP, rather than a story of failure, is a story of possibility.
Resilience and Schools Ed Week
We have seen a growing number of parents who believe that it is important to help their children avoid difficulties, protect them from being hurt, or treated unfairly. They do this because they love their child and do not want them to be hurt or suffer pain. But it may not be serving a good purpose. If children are not faced with adversity and ushered through the process with confidence building, encouragement and love from adults, how can they develop resilience?
Jenks parents hear from A-F researchers on findings Tulsa World
Oklahoma's A-F school grading system doesn't provide a deep enough examination of achievement data to inform schools, teachers and parents about how schools are doing, OU and OSU researchers said
The Best Predictor Of Who Your Teen Will Be Friends With At School Huffington Post
What's the best predictor of who a teenager will become friends with? According to a new study, it's the classes he or she takes. Researchers from Michigan State University found that teens are more likely to make friends with the people in their classes.