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The Research Is In

The Case for Mentors Grows Stronger

Providing high-quality mentors to new teachers yields major academic benefits for students, a new study finds.
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Teaching Strategies

Smart Strategies for Student Success

Five techniques you can use with students in any class to help boost their long-term learning outcomes.
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Learning Environments

Photos: Classrooms That Really Move

These traveling art studios, science labs, and greenhouses are reducing barriers to access by meeting students where they are.
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Interest-Based Learning

Standards-Aligned Genius Hour

Give your students a chance to follow their own interests with projects that meet state standards.
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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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The Research Is In

Using Clickers? A Note of Caution

A new study shows that the popular edtech devices can improve fact retention but hinder deeper understanding.
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Student Engagement

9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.
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Project-Based Learning

Projects That Have Been Put to the Test

A team of researchers created and tested four social studies units that improved achievement among students in high-poverty schools. See how they did it—and download their curriculum.
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Project-Based Learning

New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.
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Collaborative Learning

Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key

Teach students how to listen and ask good questions with these exercises designed to scaffold deep, meaningful collaboration.
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