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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

Four students, desks in a circle, working as a group; one helping another with a math problem

Help your students develop a growth mindset through fostering student agency and active learning, student-led meetings, low-stakes writing assignments, team problem solving, and honest reflection.

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Teaching Group Work: Building Student Collaboration and Agency

At University Park Campus School, students learn through group work that they have something to contribute.

3 196 18,743 views
Low-Stakes Writing: Writing to Learn, Not Learning to Write

University Park Campus School uses low-stakes writing to scaffold instruction, develop student voice, and foster critical thinkers.

7 652 26,381 views
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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Collaborative Planning: Integrating Curriculum Across Subjects

Hood River Middle School collaborates on projects across subjects to make learning relevant, connected, and engaging.

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Hood River County School District van with the mountains and trees in the background

"All I needed during middle school was to feel a part of something, and connecting to my community brought me that." -- Grace Whitmore, Hood River Middle School alumna

2 1,359 3,099 views
Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community

At Hood River Middle School, place-based learning makes student learning relevant and engaging by turning their local geography, culture, history, and economy into classroom lessons.

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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.

3 1,800 44,053 views
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.

17 5,476 42,547 views
Teacher standing in front of class holding a bell

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

7 774 40,511 views
"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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Student sitting on the floor working on his laptop

Educators from Maine have shared details about their administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials you may adapt for your class, school, or school district.

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