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College Readiness

After graduation, what next? Learn about preparing students for college admission and helping them stay in college once they get there.

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Resources and Downloads to Support College Readiness

Discover resources and information -- including downloads from schools -- related to developing the awareness, knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will prepare students to enroll and succeed in college.

New Evidence: Deeper Learning Improves Student Outcomes

A new study by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides a comprehensive look at schools utilizing deeper learning strategies and structures to educate their students.

Gaming the College Admissions Process

College prep and admissions are serious business, but gamifying the process may just help middle and high school students understand the challenges and find solutions.

Brainteasers and College Readiness

Ten traits for college readiness and how brainteasers prepare for the kind of thinking universities demand.

A Strategy for Discovering and Describing Student Accomplishments

Jennifer Bernstein, college professor and application coach for high school students, writes about preparing students for admissions essays by leading them to examine the value of their experiences and accomplishments.

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Helpful Resources to Share With High School Graduates

Whether a student is preparing or college or career, the summer after high school can be both exciting and overwhelming. Blogger Matt Davis has gathered some resources educators and parents can share with graduates to help them start planning ahead.

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Transition Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators

Matt Davis has highlighted resources for parents, teachers, and administrators that can help students make the transition into elementary, middle, and high school -- and beyond.

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Intrinsic Motivation vs. Standardized Tests

Low standardized test scores are a reflection of being uninspired, not unknowledgeable. Teach your students how to care, lose their fears, and identify and overcome their obstacles.

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College and Career Readiness: Redefining Ready

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to use multiple measures for evaluating students. Find out how a Chicago-area school district aims to help educators better determine whether a student is college and career ready.

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Resources and Downloads to Support College Readiness

Discover resources and information – including downloads from schools – related to developing the awareness, knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will prepare students to enroll and succeed in college.

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College Prep: College Acceptance for Every Student

At Urban Prep Charter Academy, Englewood Campus -- an all-black, all-male Title I school -- 100% of graduates are accepted to a four-year college or university.

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Urban Prep and the Fight for Black Boys

With a culture emphasizing respect, responsibility, ritual, and relationships, Chicago's Urban Prep Charter Academy provides young men with a supportive community for learning academic and life skills.

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Critical Thinking Pathways

To teach critical thinking, consider applying six definitions of that discipline to the practices of authentic inquiry, PBL, and integrated studies.

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Helpful Resources to Share With High School Graduates

Whether a student is preparing or college or career, the summer after high school can be both exciting and overwhelming. Blogger Matt Davis has gathered some resources educators and parents can share with graduates to help them start planning ahead.

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Integrated Projects = Deeper Learning

Here's how one school designs rigorous projects that blend STEM with other core subjects. See how this strategy might work for you.

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Training Teachers 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.

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Beyond the Comfort Zone: 6 Ways to Build Independent Thinking

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis offers six suggestions for pushing students beyond their comfort zone, exercising their brains' executive functions, and developing healthy habits of independent thinking.

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Resources and Downloads for College and Career Readiness

Educators from MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio, have provided these resources and tools for integrated project-based learning, real-world experiences, and other strategies to prepare students for college and beyond.

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Failure Is Essential to Learning

To help these kids make the kinds of gains they need to master the Common Core, students must learn to receive feedback and also how to use it to improve.

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