• | Today@Brown

    The Annenberg Institute recently launched a new website and resource "Catalyzing Education at Brown", and we invite the community to check out the webtool and learn about how to get involved in education in a local context.

    Brown University has long offered a variety of programs (including student teaching and mentoring on a range of subjects, teacher development support, internships, etc.) in partnership with local schools. Knowing what options are available and how one may become involved has not been a centralized activity... Until now! The Annenberg Institute's new "Catalyzing Education website offers a catalogue of all such Brown programs working with schools and students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

  • | Education Week

    Culturally responsive teaching, culturally relevant pedagogy, culturally sustaining pedagogy. By any name, it's a very timely topic, brought into the spotlight by a new wave of recognition that the nation's schools have failed too many students of color for far too long. Hopes are high that by better grounding education in students' lives, cultural responsiveness, or just CR, will be the fix we need. As a result, you likely have participated in a CR workshop, used CR materials, or directed your staff to take the CR plunge.

    But what do these programs bring to schools? And do they improve students' experiences and outcomes?

  • | Annenberg Institute
  • | Watson Institute
  • | Education Week

    In our last “What Works” essay, we cast serious doubt on the value of teachers analyzing student test data. Studies find the practice on average doesn’t produce student learning gains. We also noted that the practice is widespread, often forming a cornerstone of teachers’ professional learning time.

    This raises a question: If this study of student data doesn’t improve schools, what should teachers do with their professional learning time?

  • | Annenberg Institute
  • | NBC 10

    "I do think this is a national problem," Loeb said. "It's hard for the school, but then it's very hard for the parents and the kids to get what they really deserve from the education system, and I think this is an issue particularly for small districts, where a few high-cost kids really impact their budget."

    Loeb said a big part of the problem is a critical shortage of certified special ed teachers. Nationwide, 98 percent of school districts report they can't find the special ed teachers they need, according to

  • | Phi Delta Happan
    National survey data suggest that teachers of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) devote significant amounts of their professional learning time to studying state standards, analyzing instructional materials, deepening their understanding of content and student thinking about content, learning about assessment, and studying student data (Banilower et al., 2018). But do such activities actually lead to improved student academic outcomes?
  • | Education Week
    As an academic who primarily focuses on education policy, I'm mainly concerned with keeping up to date on research in that realm. Today's fast-paced environment makes it challenging to stay on top of all the latest developments in the field. Over time, I've devised a number of strategies to help make sure that relevant research papers, think tank reports, and Capitol Hill hearings cross my radar. Keeping apprised of developments on these fronts allows me to usefully contribute to the research and policy discussions of the day and ensures that I can provide my students with up-to-date information.
  • | Education Week

    Susanna Loeb, Matthew Kraft, and John Papay are named to 2020 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.

    The metrics recognize university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to influence educational policy and practice. The rubric reflects both a scholar's larger body of work and their impact on the public discourse last year.

    For the full list and to learn more about the rankings, visit Rick Hess Straight Up in Education Week.