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

 

New law clears way for bilingual teaching in Mass. public schools

The law overturns a 15-year-old ballot measure that supported English-only teaching.

Her mother fights the system for Sophia

Colby Jackman is in a battle with the Methuen School District to place her little girl in a specialized educational setting that will suit her many needs.

East Boston’s schools have a blueprint for teaching English

These schools are debunking a theory that serving large populations of English language learners is a recipe for failure.

Top Places to Work

EF Education First named No. 1 on list of largest Mass. companies

The education travel giant encourages employees to explore new territory, both geographical and professional.

‘This is a great day for the children in the Commonwealth’

The state Legislature overwhelmingly approved a measure that would allow local schools to teach students in their native tongue.

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.