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Katie Dulaney listens as her students have a discussion.
Communication Skills

Hot-Button Topics, Civil Conversations

Fostering productive discussions on contentious topics.
A teacher discusses paperwork with two parents.
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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Students gather in a circle to discuss their writing.
Student Engagement

Hacking Teens’ Desire to Impress Their Peers

You can get teens to work harder by giving them an audience they really care about—each other.
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A young woman uses a cardboard virtual reality headset.
Classroom Technology

Ripping Learning off the Page

Virtual reality headsets and 360-degree videos are cheap—or even free!—tools you can use to help students experience distant places and the lives of others.
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Photo of Antwan Wilson, a black male educator smiling in a suit.
Education Equity

The Crisis in Black Education: Focusing on Young People’s Strengths

Washington, DC’s new chancellor stresses the importance of high expectations and wrap-around support for black students.
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A group of teachers discuss a project.
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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A young boy and girl work together with a microscope and an iPad.
Blended Learning

Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?

Blended learning has the potential to transform the way teachers teach and students learn—if we take advantage of all that it offers
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A still image from the video game Syrian Journey
Game-Based Learning

Exploring the World in Your Class

A collection of games that teachers can use in class to explore issues around immigrants and refugees.
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A boy does schoolwork on an iPad on a snow day.
Online Learning

Confronting the Abominable Snow Day

Using digital tools to keep students on track even when they can’t get to school.
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A side profile of a black educator smiling. The background is out of focus, showing three other black educators standing.
Education Equity

The Crisis in Black Education: Crafting Mirrors Where Kids Can See Themselves

A veteran educator shares his strategies for getting more black male teachers in front of black students.
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