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February 14, 2022

It started as a casual meet-up at a downtown Berkeley cafe. Professor Dor Abrahamson planned to do a little humble bragging with his latest tablet app, the Mathematics Imagery Trainer, designed for middle schoolers to learn ratio and proportions, which he'd rigged up to include beeping noises for sight-impaired students.

Within minutes of his conversation with Engineering PhD Josh, it was Professor Abrahamson who was humbled.

February 4, 2022

January 26, 2022

Students in a lineElementary students from low-income families increasingly attend different schools than middle-class peers—a nationwide trend that holds negative consequences for learning among kids who are living in poverty, 

December 15, 2021

Kindergartners playing Leadership Programs in the UC Berkeley School of Education will bring a focus on equity to training and supporting educational leaders at the dawn of the Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) program in California, thanks in part to combined one-year funding of $250,000, awarded by the Silver Giving Foundation and Heising Simons Founda

August 9, 2021

A study of 321 educators (teachers and staff) conducted after the first three months of remote instruction in 2020, found that despite respondents having varying degrees of either feeling effective in their online teaching or fatigued (stress, burnout), nearly all (93%) indicated that they themselves would need social/emotional support from their school upon the return to in-person instruction.

An internet search for “math manipulatives” turns up 19.6 million results in a little more than a half second. Kits containing plastic beads, coins and animal shapes; flash cards; and wooden blocks in a rainbow of colors range from $29.49 to more than $300.

For César Botetano, a GSE collaborating scholar from Lima, Peru, the best math manipulatives are free, and right at our fingertips. Literally.

The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time, but it can also be quite anxiety-provoking for many students. Some students are attending school for the first time and others are moving into a new classroom with a teacher and peers they do not yet know.

In the 2021–2022 school year, beginning of the year anxieties may be magnified, as many students and their teachers will be returning to the classroom for the first time in more than a year. Here is a list of five things that teachers should consider doing on the first day of class.

August 2, 2021

Teachers have taught us much about how to foster rich engagement with students despite our shared struggles during the pandemic.

In a research brief, Reimagining Schools? Undoing Disparities in Student Engagement, Professors Bruce Fuller and Zachary Pardos describe lessons learned from 18 California charter schools as their research team analyzed 44 class sessions taught via Zoom over a 15-month period.