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Teacher Appreciation

6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

We asked our community what makes teachers unforgettable. Here’s what they said.
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Formative Assessment

Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

Checking for understanding is good for both students and teachers. We’ve rounded up a variety of digital tools to help you do it.
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Student Voice

How Do Teachers Change Lives?

We asked some students, and this is what they told us.
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Creativity

The Original Makerspace

Hands-on learning and 3D printers are great, but let’s not forget that students have always created original products—in the writing classroom.
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Education Equity

Implicit Bias in the STEM Classroom

How to start tackling the biases that hold students back in STEM.
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Critical Thinking

Getting Critical About Critical Thinking

It may not be easy to define critical thinking, but we do have suggestions for how you can teach it.
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Teacher Collaboration

Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

A Connecticut superintendent put teachers and students at the forefront of all decisions and transformed a district.
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School Leadership

Innovating Through District-Union Collaboration

Memorandums of understanding help district leaders and union members achieve flexibility around time and money issues.
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School Leadership

Using No-Agenda Meetings Effectively

“No agenda” doesn’t mean “no purpose”—these meetings foster innovation and open discussion among district leaders.
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School Leadership

Meriden Public Schools: Courageous Leadership and Innovation in Action

Visit a school district that has modernized by focusing on four key areas.
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