Carnegie Commons Blog

Category: What We Are Learning

  • December 21, 2015

    Math Can Be For All

    By Carlos Sandoval

    All students can learn and succeed in math. Professor Jo Boaler presents how schools and teachers promote growth mindsets in math through certain tasks and teaching methods.

  • September 25, 2015

    Using New Research to Improve Student Motivation

    By Sarah McKay

    Teachers know that motivation matters. It is central to student learning; it helps determine how engaged students are in their work, how hard they work, and how well they persevere in the face of challenges. Though we hear mostly about the “achievement gap” between demographic groups, researchers have also identified…

  • July 28, 2015

    How to Boost Student Motivation

    By Sarah McKay

    To reach increasingly high academic demands, we must better support student engagement. In “Motivation Matters," writers Susan Headden and Sarah McKay define key terms, discuss research findings, and explain promising approaches to boosting student motivation.

  • May 11, 2015

    Marshall Ganz on the Power of Social Movements

    By Corey Donahue

    Senior lecturer Marshall Ganz closing keynote at the 2016 Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education focused on a framework for social action. Drawing on his own experience in social movements, Ganz talked of combining the power of the heart, head, and hands.

  • March 13, 2015

    CarnegieHub – Behind the Design

    By Joanna Huang

    A look into how Carnegie is using design-based development to support our Networked Improvement Communities and the key design principles to help make the sites successful and useful for the users.

  • February 18, 2015

    Problem-Centered Policy Making

    By Sarah McKay

    The Carnegie Foundation hosted an expert convening to focus on improving Title II by using improvement science tools to deepen our understanding of the problem the act is trying to solve.

  • February 9, 2015

    Examining Multi-Rater Teacher Observation Systems

    By Taylor White

    A growing number of districts have adopted multi-rater evaluation systems, in which multiple observers watch, assess, and respond to teachers’ practice. While multi-rater systems are more complex, every district in this study reported many benefits.

  • October 23, 2014

    The Standardization Paradox

    By Brandon Bennett

    There seems to be an aversion to the idea of standardization in education. But standardization can allow teachers to have the time and freedom to meet individual needs when those needs vary from the majority.