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Teachers at Oakland International High School and support providers share their perspectives on a community walk.
Community Partnerships

Community Walks Create Bonds of Understanding

When students lead teachers through their communities, the cultural exchange can have a transformational effect on school culture.
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Bullying Prevention

Anatomy of School Bullying

Understanding the hot spots within schools is essential to putting a stop to student bullying.
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Student Engagement

Tough Mudder Goes to the Gym

Engage all students in gym by updating the old familiar obstacle course. Plus, you can include discussions on growth...
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Literacy

Poetry Across the Curriculum

Comparing two poems side by side fosters deep thinking and rich discussion—even in classes beyond English.
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Learning Environments

Decrease Classroom Clutter to Increase Creativity

If your classroom looks like a storage facility, it’s time for a change.
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Lesson Plans

Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

Resources from around the web for incorporating Earth Day into your class.
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Student Engagement

Sharing the Depth of Knowledge Wheel With Students

Many teachers use Norman Webb’s framework in developing assignments, but it can also be shared with students to help them develop literacy skills.
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Teaching Strategies

You Can’t Cover Everything

Teachers have mandated content to cover, but also seek to develop skills that students will use long after they have forgotten rote facts.
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Student Engagement

Tough Mudder Goes to the Gym

Engage all students in gym by updating the old familiar obstacle course. Plus, you can include discussions on growth mindset.
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Social and Emotional Learning

13 Powerful SEL Activities

Build social and emotional skills into any class.
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Teacher Collaboration

Analyze Student Work to Inform Instruction

Tailor your instruction by incorporating your peers’ feedback about student work.
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Growth Mindset

Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

Teach your students the recipe for success: taking risks, making mistakes, and integrating critical feedback.
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Communication Skills

Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

School 21 develops confident students who can articulate their thoughts and learning with strategies like discussion guidelines and roles and structured talk tasks.
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Community Partnerships

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!
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Assessment

3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
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Growth Mindset

Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity in your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.
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Teacher Development

New Teachers: Classroom Management Essentials

Four must-haves for creating an effective learning environment.
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Family Engagement

New Teachers: How to Talk to Parents

A veteran teacher shares what she’s learned in the course of 26 years. Big picture: A little empathy goes a long way.
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News

A Farewell to the Coalition of Essential Schools

Celebrating the impact and influence of CES—with the people who knew it best.
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Student Engagement

Nobel Laureates Can Teach Kids to Persevere

Nobel Prize winners show kids the role of failure in learning and demonstrate that there is no single recipe for creativity.
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Global Education

U.S. Math Scores Fall in Global Rankings

The latest PISA rankings show a decline in U.S. math scores, but experts say that focusing on successes at home may be...
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Global Education

Lessons Learned From Great Schools Around the World

A former teacher discusses what he learned in his travels across four continents.
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Global Education

Pen Pals 2.0: Can Technology Foster Global Tolerance?

Schools all over the world are using digital tools to help students collaborate and build cultural understanding with...
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Project-Based Learning

Why Your Project Needs a Verb

Selecting a verb for a project-based learning assignment can bring clarity to the work and help students apply their learning.
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Professional Development

Deeper Learning—for Teachers

We can harness the engagement our students find in project-based learning in our own professional development.
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Project-Based Learning

Getting Students Into College Is Not Enough

See how one high school shapes its PBL curriculum—available online for free—to help prepare students to progress all...
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Place-Based Learning

Turning the Community Into a Classroom

See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of...
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