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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.

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Books That Explore the Refugee Experience

These nine books—for students of all grade levels—convey what it’s like to be a refugee.
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A Voice Worth Listening To

Writing poetry can help students find confidence in their voice, and you can incorporate it into your curriculum with these mini-units.
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Social and Emotional Learning

A Push in the Right Direction

Mentors have the power to shape people’s choices in positive ways, as a teacher and student share in a pair of videos.
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Student Athletes Have Audiences. Why Don’t Student Writers?

When students share their writing with an authentic audience, they raise their game.
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10 Free Apps and Tools for Starting Out (and Staying) Organized

Choose from among these options—all free!—to develop a system for staying on top of student work, lesson plans, and resource ideas.
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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Getting to Know Students Deeply

Teachers can improve outcomes and build equity in the classroom by listening closely to their students. Here are six ways to do that.
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School Leadership

Getting Your School to Speak With One Voice

School leaders: Promote your school’s message with a back-to-school communications plan that shares your challenges and achievements.
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5-Minute Film Festival

5-Minute Film Festival: Teaching With 360-Degree Videos

Check out these immersive 360-degree videos you can use in your classroom—no special equipment needed.
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Personal Learning Network

Join Us for a Twitter Chat on Flexible Classrooms

Edutopia hosted our first Twitter chat on Wednesday, August 9, at 4 p.m. PDT. Follow #edutopiachat to participate.
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Classroom Management

Making Transitions Work for Students and Teachers

Transitions can be a time to give students agency to meet their own social and emotional needs without being disruptive.
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