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Professional Development

The Tuning Protocol: A Framework for Personalized Professional Development

Use this innovative, six-step approach of structured yet welcoming group discussion to invite thoughtful classroom, department, and schoolwide feedback.
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Student Voice

Oracy: The Literacy of the Spoken Word

School 21 believes oracy is as important as reading and writing, and the research supports it. From Harkness discussions to talk-rich assemblies, learn how you can integrate oracy at your school.
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Teaching Strategies

The Power of Critique and Redrafting

Create a culture of critique and redrafting in your classroom by adapting the seven-step Audience Response protocol to your subject matter and students' needs.
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Arts Integration

How to Infuse the Arts Into Core Curriculum (and Why It Matters)

Successful arts integration includes approaching your Curriculum like an artist, a rich process for a rich product, cultivating artist-researchers, and combining content with art.
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Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators

Digital Citizenship Week is October 16-22, and it's the perfect time to talk about online responsibility and safety. Explore some of the best resources to bring digital citizenship into the classroom.
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After-School Learning

The After-School Shakespeare Club

A teacher at an international school led his upper elementary English-language learners through a triumphant, self-created reimagining of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."
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Global Education

PBL, Kazakhstan, and Global Success Skills

Kazakhstan's public schools have embraced PBL as part of a strategy for teaching their children the skills they'll need to participate in the global economy.
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Classroom Management

Tools for Student Self-Management

Students should be invited into the process of managing learning in the classroom. Here are some tools many teachers have used to empower students to self-manage.
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Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup

In this collection of tools and advice from Edutopia and the web, find resources to help you adjust instruction in response to diverse learner needs and interests.
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Brain-Based Learning

Strategies for Students With Scattered Minds

Teachers can help students strengthen their brain's executive function with "workouts" in which they practice pausing, prioritizing, improving their working memory, and mapping their options.
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