Diagnosing what students need

COVID-19 has altered everything—from where we work, to travel, to how we socialize. And, without a doubt, COVID-19 has changed how we educate our youth. But it may not be a bad thing that schools and teaching will look different when we come out of this crisis. Working in the Long Beach Unified School District…

What if classrooms were rooted in care?

One of the scariest moments for me as a parent was leaving my boys at their childcare center for the very first time. Little did I know, but this community of teachers, children, and families was going to be foundational, not only in my children’s development, but also in my own as a parent. Over…

Securing the future of U.S. elections

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it was clear that the 2020 election would be challenging. We knew it would be conducted amidst pervasive polarization and partisan rancor, and that disinformation would be a more serious threat than ever before. By spring 2020, though, the situation appeared far more dire than anyone had expected as…

The return of industrial policy

The pandemic has exposed many problems in the global supply chain and left people rethinking whether we need a larger role for government. Jennifer Harris, Director of the Hewlett Foundation’s Economy and Society Initiative, joined POLITICO’s Global Translations podcast to discuss the rise in bipartisan support for industrial policy and the need to find a…

Taking time to assess what students know, think, and feel

What if testing could be used to reveal what students in grades K-12 know, understand, and feel about the events they’ve lived through in 2020? A 2001 National Research Council (NRC) report defined assessment as “a tool designed to observe students’ behavior and produce data that can be used to draw reasonable inferences about what…

Congress, help thyself

The COVID pandemic helped accelerate efforts to modernize Congress. U.S. Democracy Program Officer Jean Bordewich weighs in on the changes and what’s in store for the future. This is part of Think Again, a series of essays from Hewlett Foundation experts exploring how the current crises are catalyzing change—and what that could mean for reimagining…

Our commitment to equity and justice in our support for the arts

About a year ago, we introduced a refreshed strategic framework for our Performing Arts Program that recognized who, how, and where the arts are being created, experienced, and practiced are changing, and that we needed to change with it.  We never imagined the pace of change would accelerate so dramatically. We had planned to begin…

Our approach to systemic racism in Open Education

The events of this year and the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have impacted many of us in deeply personal ways. As a Black woman, I often wonder how to show up as my authentic self and use what power I have to undo systemic racism. At the Hewlett Foundation, I…

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