School districts around the country are doing away with homework, according to the latest education headlines. But research clearly shows that the solution to homework isn’t to abolish it. Instead, we need to make homework as effective and relevant as possible, so students can still learn when their teachers or family aren’t available to help them.
No doubt, homework can be tough for students. In one school in upstate New York, students recently began a petition to ban any out-of-school practice. Homework is also stressful for parents who are often out of practice with, say, algebra or chemistry or don’t have specific instructions from their child’s teacher about how to help with out-of-class assignments.
This five-year grant, led by TAF Co-Founder and Executive Director Cristina Heffernan, will be used to further develop ASSISTments’ innovative tutoring technology, which leverages teacher- and student-facing tools for core instruction. This project will focus on high-needs middle school math students and their teachers at more than 150 schools.Continue Reading
ASSISTments operates in part from the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program grant. The first two years of this grant have been focused on what we have named as three key “scale-up” mechanisms, areas where we can further develop and improve to achieve greater reach and impact. Thus far, we’ve engaged hundreds of our teacher users, and learned valuable lessons about scaling sustainability. As we enter the third year of the grant, we wanted to share these lessons to support other nonprofits in the early and pivotal stages of growth.Continue Reading