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You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice. If you have any thoughts or comments about these articles, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Student Voice

The Site Council: Empowering Students Through School Governance

Students have the majority vote on deciding school policy.
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Two teachers are facilitating a circle discussion with students.
Community Partnerships

A Town Helps Transform Its School

A low-performing rural school in New Hampshire reached out to the local community for help turning things around.
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Two small children place facial expression stickers on drawings of a happy face and sad face.
Social and Emotional Learning

Helping Children Develop Emotional Literacy

Exercises that teachers and parents can use to help young children develop the ability to identify emotions.
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A group of young students sit on the floor around their teacher’s legs as she reads to them.
Literacy

Motivating Students to Read

Asking students to give monologues in character and reading aloud to them are just two ways you can encourage them to read.
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Student explores 3D rendering of a heart.
Virtual Reality

Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning?

As an ever-growing array of virtual reality tools hits schools, educators wonder if the technology lives up to its hype.
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Photo of a girl’s hands as she uses her fingers to do math
The Research Is In

A Case for Finger Counting

New research suggests that young children may make gains in math by counting with their fingers.
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An adult guides several young children as they stand at easels.
Arts Integration

The Impact of a Visiting Artist Program

It can benefit students well beyond arts classes, function as an in-place field trip, and strengthen your school’s ties to parents and the community.
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A collage of four photos of students and staff at Iowa BIG High School around campus
Project-Based Learning

Partnership Strategies for Real-World Projects

Students gain by taking on interdisciplinary projects with community nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies.
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Montage of the covers of the books mentioned in this article
Readers Weigh In

6 PD Reads You Shouldn’t Miss

We asked about the professional development books you’d recommend to your teacher friends. Here are the six that stood out.
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A girl looks lonely in class as two peers look angry behind her.
Character Education

Rejecting the ‘Mean Girl’ Framework

Ideas for guiding girls toward positive interactions with each other.
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