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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

Team Problem Solving: Paving the Path to Success for Every Student

By creating a culture committed to problem solving, University Park Campus School tackles student need early and effectively.

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Student-Led Meetings: Empowering Student Voice

Students at University Park Campus School grow into their power and potential through student-led meetings.

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Girl sitting at her desk in deep thought, writing

Through being reflective about your own teaching practices, model and guide students toward a more reflective approach to their projects, grades, actions, and reactions.

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Students gathered, standing in a single line around the classroom, listening to each other speak

Through fostering critical thinking and academic expression, University Park Campus School helps students to find, develop, and own their voice.

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A class off the school bus next to the river taking notes

An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.

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Close up of a hand holding a pencil captioning drawings of water seeping between rocks, freezing and melting

Permaculture is ideal for teaching ecology, yet also works as a classroom design system that fosters empathy, inspires advocacy, and increases productivity within your school's existing standards and framework.

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Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant

At Hood River Middle School, local experts make student learning come to life.

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Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement, in conjunction with other key best practices.

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Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding
Hampton High School | Grades 9-12

Whether it's an app or a piece of paper, exit tickets are quick, ungraded assessments of how you're teaching and what students need from you next.

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Teacher standing in front of class holding a bell

Training, consistency, and trust are keys to successfully implementing a meditation program in school.

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"Authentic" Assessment at School of the Future
School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

Educators at New York's School of the Future have enjoyed great success at teaching and assessing their students. Both efforts are squarely focused on student understanding of fundamental concepts and real-life learning. Making these efforts...

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Small Group Work With "I Choose"
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

When teachers began asking for time to work with students in small groups, Humboldt Elementary found the time for them.

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Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom at Mesquite Elementary School

Mix teacher collaboration and innovative leadership with a big dose of differentiated instruction and you get Mesquite Elementary's winning recipe.

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Children quietly sitting at their desks with eyes closed

Educators from Visitacion Valley Middle School, in San Francisco, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

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