Learning Curve

An in-depth look at a wide range of issues that unfold every day in public schools.

Learning curve

In a global economy, Mass. lags in teaching foreign languages

A student wrote in Spanish during a language immersion program at McPolin Elementary School in Park City.

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

States such as Utah, Indiana, and Delaware have stepped up their efforts with immersion programs for elementary students.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/greenhouse_schoolfood-28_metro.jpg Fenway High ‘test kitchen’ cooks up districtwide menu changes

The facility is part of an effort to expand healthier food options for students.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/03/03/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/201603021663A.jpg In D.C., a radical shift in parent involvement

The program comes as studies show students earn higher grades and have fewer absences when parents and teachers work together.

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The movement for later start times is emerging in districts like Belmont, Boston, Masconomet, Mashpee, Newton, and Wayland.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/16/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ryan_codman6_met.jpg Facebook creator, wife inspired by Dorchester school

Codman Academy is an inspiration for Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, who will open a tuition-free school in California.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/11/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/BLP08A.jpg Denver’s unified school enrollments may offer Boston a lesson

One-stop shopping for public, magnet, charter, and innovations schools has proved popular in Colorado.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/05/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/72U6769-9577.jpg In Mass. schools, a focus on well-being

Across the state, schools are devoting more time to address students’ social and emotional health.

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Many of the meals are served to Boston students just two days after they were made on Long Island.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/15/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/map22.jpg The international fabric of Boston public schools

A visual look at where Boston Public Schools students are from.

Q&A on Globe series, Learning Curve

The series will aim to explore the potential solutions to problems affecting many aspects of public education.

Meet the Globe team behind Learning Curve

More on the journalists behind the Globe’s reporting on this project.

Latest education news

 

LEXINGTON

Two community groups to step forward at Lexington event

Panel members will include Nancy White, co-chair of the Community Endowment of Lexington, and Karen Orf, co-president of the Lexington Education Foundation.

The Teacher

Sydney Chaffee: The charter school teacher who got the nation’s attention

With state and now national honors under her belt, she’s teaching other schools what she knows about how students can change the world.

INFORMER

A clothing drive, care packages for cops, and holiday pop-ups

Billerica Memorial High School students collected more than 800 clothing items to donate to the St. Francis House shelter in downtown Boston.

Opinion | Robert A. Brown

Amazon needs higher education. So does everyone else

The GOP’s tax plan would undercut the higher-education institutions that have made Boston attractive to companies like Amazon and GE.

Opinion | Joseph E. Aoun

Millions of jobs will soon be done by robots. And they don’t pay taxes

We’re having the wrong debate on taxes.

About this series

The Globe will be taking a year-long look at promising practices addressing a wide range of social, emotional and cultural issues that unfold every day in public schools in Boston, the state, and the nation that could be affecting achievement in the classroom.

The series will aim to explore potential solutions through the eyes of educators, their students and other key players while also analyzing relevant research into both the problem and the solution being explored.

The project is being produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit in New York City, which works with media outlets to report on credible responses to social problems. Funding for the project is being provided by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in Quincy. The Globe will maintain complete editorial control over story selection, reporting, and editing.​

To pass along your​ ​​ideas on the on key issues facing public schools, e-mail reporter James Vaznis at James.Vaznis@Globe.com.