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Schools That Work

Our flagship series highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn.

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Learn how to bring cross-curricular, arts-infused project-based learning into your classroom.

Examples That Work

A boy and two girls sitting together talking about the project they're working on

By encouraging students' wonder and recording their "I Wonder" questions, teachers can view those questions holistically and use them to develop lessons and projects that will harness student curiosity.

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Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom

By taking down the walls of their school and bringing learning into the community around them, Crellin makes education meaningful and magical for their students.

5 2,047 9,346 views
Teacher reviewing work with two students in front of a window with flowers in the window sill

Crellin Elementary, a small, rural K-5 school in Oakland, Maryland, takes hands-on, project-based learning to a level that extends far beyond a few one-off projects per year.

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Four students wearing snow shoes sitting on a mound of snow

Symonds Elementary's music, art, PE, and media teachers weave their practices into the fabric of the community, getting to know each student while enriching the school culture.

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Man singing and playing the guitar in the gym full of students and teachers

Graduating fifth-grade students reflect on their struggles, growth, and achievements within the positive, caring environment of SEL-based Symonds Elementary School.

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Bookmaking Across Subjects: Making Learning Last Longer

Taking class projects schoolwide makes learning more fun, more engaging, and more lasting for students.

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Boy sitting with tongue out gluing with great concentration; teacher standing next to him using scissors

An artist-in-residence program can enrich educational experiences schoolwide if adequately understood by the teachers, supported by the administration, and funded by the school community.

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Man sitting at side of desk speaking with woman in the classroom.

Expert advice on shifting from brick and mortar to bytes and bits.

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Anatomy of a Project: "Soil Superheroes"

Project Learning Assignment: Seventh graders work with community experts to advance their understanding of bacteria in the environment -- and then share their findings with the community at large.

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Anatomy of a Project: Give Me Shelter

Juniors at Casco Bay High School, in Portland, Maine, explore homelessness by working in teams to make audio slide-show portraits.

3 101 9,833 views
How KIPP Teachers Learn to Teach Critical Thinking

Professional development at KIPP King includes setting up "fishbowl" classroom configurations, assigning student roles, and other techniques for facilitating successful Socratic discussions.

3 311 22,611 views
Instructional Coaching:  Driving Meaningful Tech Integration
Hampton High School | Grades 9-12

With Hampton High's tech instructional coach, teachers have found a confidant, subject-area expert, co-teacher, and PD coordinator at their fingertips, enhancing smart, school-wide tech integration.

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Anatomy of a Project: Kinetic Conundrum

Art, history, engineering, language arts, and technology, both old and new, come together for eighth grade students in this rich project learning expedition at King Middle School in Portland, Maine.

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Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach

Strategies like mindfulness, emotional regulation, and supportive small groups help Symonds meet the academic and social needs of their students.

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