August 2009 Archives

A new poll finds that President Obama carries a lot of influence on hot-button education issues, but so does research evidence.

In their new book NurtureShock, a pair of authors share some recent research to suggest that much of what we thought we know about teaching and raising children was off track.

A new study suggests teens who engage in risky behaviors may have more mature-looking brains than their risk-averse peers.

A research group, in a new paper, advances an intriguing new model for school staffing: "neo-differentiated staffing."

A study finds that, when given the chance, teachers tend to design performance-pay programs that offer modest bonuses and spread them thinly.

Like everyone else in Washington this month, I'm taking a vacation. See you again on Aug. 24!

The federal What Works Clearinghouse posted new reviews yesterday evaluating the research for a preschool program and a beginning-reading program.

At the American Sociological Association convention this week, education sociologists debate whether to be more relevant or stay in the Ivory Tower.

A scholar points to studies showing that injecting a dose of positive psychology into school lessons can improve students' outlook on life, curb depression, and boost grades.

An independent, bipartisan panel offers advice for the Obama administration on how to keep from "politicizing" science in federal regulatory policy.

A blogger highlights a study that finds that students who are very religious tend to major in education and become more religious over time.

A new study finds that popular movies really do help students learn history—except when they're inaccurate.

Chutes and Ladders may be tedious for parents, but a new study shows that linear board games just like it can boost preschoolers' numerical understanding.

A new policy brief suggests that districts might be able to avoid laying off teachers and boosting class sizes by cutting back teacher pay.

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