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Classroom Technology

Using Skype to Inspire Student Career Choices

A teacher uses video phone calls to bring a growing network of inspiring professionals into her classroom.
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Coding in the Classroom

A Strategy for Motivating High School Coders

As coding tasks get more complex, how do you convince high schoolers to persevere?
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Lesson Plans

6 Baseball-Themed Classroom Activities for the World Series

Explore some resources for using the World Series to bring history, math, social studies, music, and visual arts to your classroom.
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Bullying Prevention

Fostering Identity Safety in School

An environment where students are not bullied based on their race or other aspects of identity can be intentionally cultivated both inside and outside of the classroom.
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A young boy in a yellow rain coat is smiling with his eyes closed, and rain is pouring down on him.
Arts Integration

Rainstorms and Symphonies: Performing Arts Bring Abstract Concepts to Life

When early elementary teachers integrate music and theater, student learning improves in reading, math, and science as they become better critical thinkers and problem solvers.
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School Libraries

Bringing Design Thinking to the School Library

Want to revamp your library? Design thinking may be just the planning tool you need.
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Arts Integration

Creativity and Academics: The Power of an Arts Education

Increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills, and improved cognition are among the many reasons for teaching the arts.
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A female teen is standing in a school hallway talking to a male teacher; there are dance fliers on a bulletin board on the wall beside them.
Assessment

7 Steps to Becoming a Data-Driven School

Learn to access the right data: the why (why do your students not get it?) and the how (how can you reteach content to stick?).
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Advisory

Support Seminars: How to Prepare Students for High School and Beyond

Learn how New Mexico School for the Arts structures, schedules, and staffs daily support seminars to make their students college and career ready.
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Critical Thinking

Mastering Self-Assessment: Deepening Independent Learning Through the Arts

Develop your students' ability to self-assess by showing them examples of mastery, equipping them with technical vocabulary, and providing them with opportunities to practice peer critique.
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