• | The Brown Daily Herald

    Jonathan Collins, assistant professor of international and public affairs and education, noted the plan’s emphasis on closing the digital divide — which refers to the disparity in student access to technology between school districts — and updating Rhode Island’s historically poorly maintained school buildings. 

    “What you see here is investments in capital projects that can be one-time purchases that can have long-term impacts,” Collins said.

    Nate Schwartz, associate professor of practice at the Annenberg Institute, said that the plan’s recommendations regarding education policy feel “mostly right at the high level.” Schwartz praised how the plan lays out short-term actions based on recovering from the pandemic, such as an increased focus on mental health services and prioritization of student engagement.


  • | Education Week

    Teacher strikes have a profound and often unrecognized role in national politics, a new working paper suggests: They put education front and center in Congressional campaigns and advertisements.

    Holding a strike more than doubles the likelihood that a Congressional candidate will air an education ad in the area where the labor action occurred, write the authors of the paper, which has not yet been peer reviewed.


  • | wbur

    When it comes to addressing learning loss, research shows that tutoring and individualized support hold promise for several reasons. First, they offer students an opportunity to connect with a caring adult in school.

    "A student who likely hasn't been feeling engaged by many aspects of school is developing a relationship with someone who knows them, who sees them and who checks on them regularly," explained Nate Schwartz, a professor of practice at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. "The second thing that's happening is the student is working in an area where they have previously felt failure, often year after year after year, and is now being given the tools to succeed."


  • | Results for America

    For our nation’s more than 3 million teachers, the COVID-19 pandemic has added a host of new challenges and stresses that have led to increased burnout and demoralization.

    That’s why Results for America and the Annenberg Institute at Brown University are releasing a new brief highlighting evidence-based strategies to help promote teacher well-being.


  • | The 74

    We have a once-in-a-generation moment of unprecedented need, support, and opportunity. COVID-19 has disrupted schools across the country, negatively impacting student learningespecially for students of color and students experiencing poverty


  • | National Student Support Accelerator
    he National Student Support Accelerator is excited to share our new tool that makes it easier for tutoring programs to improve their quality and for districts selecting tutoring providers to better understand their provider options.

  • | NBC News

    “The type of tutoring with evidence is intensive tutoring with a consistent tutor who comes with an understanding of the students needs — based on data from direct assessments or from the school or teacher — and with curricular materials for addressing these needs,” Susanna Loeb, the director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, said in an email.


  • | Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL)

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (August 31, 2021)—Today the Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL) launches a learning agenda and call to action to transform professional learning (PL) research and practice. The collaborative of researchers and PL organizations will generate new knowledge on how teacher learning improves classroom experiences and academic growth, especially for students from historically marginalized groups. 

    “We know that professional learning can work to improve teachers’ practice and student outcomes, but there’s more we need to learn to fully realize its potential to advance teaching and educational equity,” says Sarah Johnson, Vice Chair of RPPL and CEO of Teaching Lab. 


  • | The Journalist's Resource

    Projecting the Potential Impact of COVID-19 School Closures on Academic Achievement
    Kuhfeld, Megan; et al. Working Paper No. 20-226 from Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform, May 2020.

    This working paper predicted U.S. public school students would likely start the 2020-21 school year having learned 37% to 50% of what they ordinarily would have learned in math had schools remained open. “In some grades, students may come back close to a full year behind in math,” write the authors, from the University of Virginia, Brown University and the nonprofit education research organization NWEA


  • | Acelero Learning

    A recent study conducted by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, in collaboration with Acelero Learning, found that Head Start infants, toddlers and preschoolers in Acelero programs made significant gains during the 2020-2021 school year despite the pandemic. These findings are especially compelling given reports of the disastrous effects of the pandemic on childhood education nationally.  


  • | Education Week

    With school returning to something closer to normal after over a year of disruption, most principals are looking for ways to get students back on track. Recent research suggests surprising benefits to student outcomes from a relatively straightforward policy: keeping teachers in their current grade and subject assignment to the extent possible.


  • | Annenberg Institute at Brown University
    In college, I actually had plans to be a high school teacher or guidance counselor. However, I quickly realized that what really piqued my interest was gaining an understanding of the structural nature of inequality in our schools, as opposed to being in the classroom myself. I chose policy research because I love the process of producing knowledge that can then be used in various ways to improve systems and to help all students thrive.With that said, though, my roots as an immigrant and a first-generation college student most deeply influenced my interests in education policy. My early experiences of poverty and of being an English Learner continue to color my perspectives on various policies and their ability to set up students for success, regardless of their background or starting point.