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Growth Mindset

Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity in your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.
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Assessment

Play as a Test Prep Tool

Use these games built around standardized tests to build engagement and fuel learning.
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An illustration of four book covers connected by lines–1984, Macbeth, The Dead, and The Grapes of Wrath.
Literacy

March Madness in the Classroom?

Use NCAA-style brackets to get your students passionately debating works of literature—or big topics in any subject.
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School Leadership

The Tough Work of Improving School Culture

It isn’t always easy to shift to a teacher-driven, collaborative school culture—but it is worthwhile. Here’s one way to do it.
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A teacher guides several high school aged students as they sit at easels, painting.
College Readiness

A Career in the Arts? Let’s Get Real

Supporting students who are interested in following this path.
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5-Minute Film Festival

5-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate Pi Day!

Find videos, lesson plans, and activities for every grade level here.
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Teacher Development

New Teachers: Classroom Management Essentials

Four must-haves for creating an effective learning environment.
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Assessment

3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
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Think Possible

8th Graders Writing a Novel?

Two videos explore what happens when a middle school teacher challenges her students to write a novel in just one month.
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Field Trips

More Than Just Eyes and Ears

Experiential learning is powerful, and you can create ways for students to learn with all their senses—in and out of the classroom.
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