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Literacy

20 Indispensable High School Reads

We asked our community which works of literature were must-reads for high schoolers. Here are your top picks.
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School Leadership

‘The Anger Pushed Me Through’: On Founding a School

Jose Luis Navarro, a principal and former California Teacher of the Year, shares his struggles and successes working with disadvantaged students in Los Angeles.
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Excited students discuss their work.
Student Engagement

Encouraging Students to Own Their Work

Bringing choice into your classroom helps you give your students chances to create work that matters to them.
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Family Engagement

Home Visits 101

Home visits can be a valuable tool for increasing parents’ involvement in their kids’ education. Here’s how you can get started.
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Growth Mindset

Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset

Veteran researchers present five strategies—like maintaining success files and allowing choice—to help struggling students develop a positive attitude needed for success.
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An illustration of five students flying through the sky like superheroes, holding paint brushes, science molecules, a planet, panels, and a rocket.
Maker Education

9 Ways to Inspire Student Inventors

A collection of ideas to consider as you work to fuel your students’ curiosity.
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Literacy

Executive Skills and the Struggling Reader

Learn how executive skills—like working memory and cognitive flexibility—play an essential role in reading.
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A teenage girl conducts a presentation in a science classroom.
Teacher Development

Review Overload and How to Keep Content Fresh

With so much time now spent reviewing for tests, here are five ways to improve the quality of both instruction and assessment in your classroom.
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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 program.
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Brain-Based Learning

The Tyranny of Being On Task

Students need periodic breaks to ease brain strain, and the perceived demand that they should always be on task is unrealistic.
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