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If we could build a new system of education from scratch, what would it look like?
This is the guiding question behind McREL's series of eight research reports developed for the Stupski Foundation. The foundation, which is focused on supporting the "fundamental reinvention" of the American system of public education into one that prepares all children for the challenges of life, career, and citizenship in the 21st century, tasked McREL with reviewing education research on several critical components of the current education system. The result of this effort is a series of reports that review relevant research and offer recommendations for re-inventing the public education system.

McREL researchers set out to answer the following questions in this review of key findings from existing literature about pedagogy.
1. How can teachers adapt the principles of effective pedagogy to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of all learners in order to help "Our Kids" (disadvantaged urban youth of color) be challenged, motivated, and successful?
2. how can teachers create structured, challenging, yet nurturing classroom environments to ensure that Our Kids are engaged ands successful learners?