Does redshirting kindergarten help, or hurt, a child?
Redshirting kindergarten — holding kids back to start school later — is increasingly popular. But does redshirting help, or hurt, a child? The research may surprise you.
Why diversity in classrooms matters
Consider it preparation for an increasingly multicultural future — and it can be done without giving up quality.
Preschool philosophies, A to Z
Learn about different preschool options with specific philosophies or approaches, such as Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia.
Choosing a high school crash course
Ready to pick a high school? Here's your go-to guide, including insider tips on touring, the lowdown on AP classes, and a handy school tour checklist.
Gifted — or just privileged?
Some say gifted kids are a national asset — others argue they’re just the rich kids getting spoiled. Where do you stand?
What's a special needs school?
How to make sense of what's available and make the best choice for your child.
Like a Sponge podcast: Navigating the world
How can high schools put student aspirations first? This Rhode Island high school swept aside the old high school model to send students out to explore the world — and even sail the high seas.
Like a Sponge podcast: Banishing bias from school
A Pennsylvania high school rebuilt its culture through an antiracist lens. A Texas teacher's culturally responsive teaching builds on the strengths and needs of her students.
Like a Sponge podcast: School culture makeover
What happens when a high school realizes that their strict behavior rules are doing more harm than good? One Massachusetts charter school revamped their school culture one relationship at a time.
It’s easy to focus on the kids who are falling behind or flying ahead, but how can schools support the forgotten middle? This school found a way.
A brilliant way to teach advanced English
This IB English teacher has developed a surprisingly simple way to teach complex literary analysis.
Like a Sponge podcast: Forget college prep. Start college now.
One small Texas early college high school manages to do what so many high schools try but fail to do: prepare all students for actual college success.
Exceptional educators share what they look for on a high school tour
Get tips on what to look, listen, and feel for as you tour a potential high school for your child.
What is an anti-racist school?
More schools are committing to rethinking their policies and practices through the lens of equity to ensure that all their students thrive.
The power of giving students voice and choice
When students get a say in what they learn and how to show it, they become more deeply involved in their education.
Innovations that will outlast the pandemic
During the pandemic, educators found amazing ways to reach students. Some of those innovations are so great, they’re here to stay.