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The Education Exchange: A Master’s Degree from a Top University at a Fraction of the Cost – by Education Next

Josh Goodman of the Harvard Kennedy School sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new master’s degree in computer science offered by Georgia Tech. The computer science department, one of the top 10 programs in the country, has set up a flexible, online program for working adults that charges only 1/6 of what an in-person master’s degree costs. Read the full pa...

New Evidence That Students’ Beliefs About Their Brains Drive Learning – by Susana Claro

Executive Summary Responding to the need to look beyond test scores to measure school quality, an increasing number of school districts are striving to incorporate socio-emotional learning measures in their accountability policies. Growth mindset – believing that intelligence and talent can change – is one of these measures. Experimental research has found that developing a gr...

In the News: The Charter School Breakthrough Doesn’t Work for Boys – by Education Next

While researching what happens to graduates of top charter schools when they go to college, Richard Whitmire noticed a gender gap in the performance of the students. He writes: Charter schools may have made a breakthrough in getting students into and through college, but the success stories are far more about girls than boys. Generally speaking, the charter networks take in rou...

Why Schools Shouldn’t Go It Alone on Personalized Learning – by Betheny Gross

Principals and teachers trying to personalize their students’ learning are charged with radically reimagining the classroom. It’s a tall order that requires educators to take risks, move outside their comfort zones, and essentially overhaul much of their jobs. What we’re seeing in the schools we’ve visited for this project makes clear that this work shouldn’t—and often can’t—be...

In the News: Boston Parents Ask Why Their Wealthy Neighbors Are Fighting Charter Schools – by Education Next

On the 74, Richard Whitmire wonders why parents and teachers in wealthy communities like Newton, Massachusetts, are so actively fighting a ballot initiative that would allow more charter schools to open in other areas in the state. As Whitmire notes, Newton does not have a single charter school.  However, “Just before school opened in Newton this year, the union staffed a...