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Wise Feedback

Normalize Feedback & Strengthen Belonging!

Critical feedback is a key part of the learning process, but it can feel hard to receive for students and adults alike. Worries about giving and receiving feedback can stand in the way of student success.

That’s why Leading Educators has been working with researchers from Stanford University to pilot learning for teachers around wise feedback, a strategy that draws on social-psychological theory to improve learning, student-teacher relationships, student persistence, and students’ identities as learners over time.

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Wise feedback is making sure students know why you give them feedback—because you hold them to a high standard and believe they can reach it!
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Why Does Wise Feedback Matter?

Worries about feedback can more amplified for students with marginalized identities who might wonder if that feedback is a product of teacher bias rather than positive intent. So, wise feedback is meant to establish clear intent and routine practices. 

The Model

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The Benefits

  • In past research, attaching a simple wise feedback note to students’ assignments increased their trust in the teacher, doubled the rate at which they chose to revise their work, and increased their average scores on an assignment by a full letter grade.
  • These effects were even larger for African-American students. Past research is limited in that it has only tested wise feedback messages as a single-shot student-facing intervention delivered directly to students by researchers rather than by teachers.

In ongoing research conducted alongside the Research Partnership for Professional Learning, Leading Educators will explore ways to enable more teachers to access and effectively use the cognitive science to enhance students’ sense of belonging.

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Stay in Touch with the SXSW EDU Presenters!

Whether you were able to join our feedback workshop live at SXSW EDU or whether you learned about the work another way, we hope you'll stay in touch with our facilitators.
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Daniel R. Jackson M.Ed. is a teacher at Arthur Dixon Elementary School in Chicago. At Dixon, he serves on the Instructional Leadership Team.
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Take Action

Whether you are a classroom educator, administrator, support provider, or advocate, there are many ways you can support the spread of strong feedback processes across schools!


Practice using this feedback in your classroom!

If you would like to engage in additional work alongside Leading Educators, we’re recruiting teachers for a current pilot of professional learning offerings.

School and System Leaders

Encourage and provide learning around constructive feedback in your schools!

Have a few educators in mind who might want to be a lead learner around wise feedback? Get in touch with us about pilot opportunities.


As traditional ways of providing teaching evolve with changing habits and new technology, professional learning options are also expanding.

Learn how we can partner to spread these feedback processes across more communities.

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