Most-Clicked: Doing What Works


Last week’s most-clicked SmartBrief article (from Education Week) announced:

In an effort to bridge the gap between research and practice, the U.S. Dept. of Ed. launched Doing What Works, an online repository that focuses on quick delivery of practical, research-based educational techniques. Beyond presenting the research that supports certain practices, site visitors can access video, slides, or audio recordings of practitioners using those practices in schools or see examples of tools for implementing such strategies in their own schools.

Will you use Doing What Works to guide your own classroom practice?


  1. During the Reagan Admin, one of my friends, a research ed prof at U. of Illinois at Chicago named Herb Walberg wrote with others a US Dept of Ed Pamphlet called WHAT WORKS. It was filled with great stuff, practical, daily-usable things for the classroom teacher. I still have a copy. I ordered five at the time and passed four to colleagues. So, Yes, I would use this site as a way to keep in touch with the other teachers across the USA.
    Bob Keeley

  2. I would use this site to help learn more about research based practices that other teachers around the country are using. It is so important that we use practices which have been proven effective so that we are not waisting our time or our students’ time. We only have a limited amount of time with our students and we need to make every moment count.

  3. I would love to use this site to see some of the new ideas that are research based. I am currently a third year teacher studying towards my masters degree, and I have read journal articles stating the importance of utilizing modern research to help aide the direction of our instruction. This website looks like a step in the right direction!

  4. I didn’t know this site existed until reading it on your blog. It’s about time there is a forum for this and an opportunity to see what works across the country. I will be passing this on to my colleagues.

  5. I am concerned that this site is primarily set up to help students pass standardized tests. Is this really best practice? We need to spend less instructional time preparing students for tests and more time preparing students to be successful and productive citizens. Just a thought…

  6. I would definitely use a site like this. It’s interesting to share ideas, especially about what works in a classroom. Totally agree with you Amy about standardized testing. However, since it probably is not going to go away, a web site such as Doing What Works would be a logical place to seek some ways to help work around the testing problem. I think we teachers have to stay in the forefront as to why testing is not the end all to be all.


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