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Project-Based Learning

Arts-Infused Project-Based Learning: Crafting Beautiful Work

Learn how to bring cross-curricular, arts-infused project-based learning into your classroom.
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Project-Based Learning

How 3 Interlocking Pedagogies Can Change the World

At School 21, the combination of teaching wellbeing, oracy (speaking skills), and project-based learning empowers students to create exceptional work that makes a real-world difference.
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Communication Skills

Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

School 21 develops confident students who can articulate their thoughts and learning with strategies like discussion guidelines and roles and structured talk tasks.
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Communication Skills

Public Speaking: Oracy Skills for the Real World

Using the oracy framework -- building physical, cognitive, linguistic, and emotional speaking skills -- students learn to speak on any topic and to any audience.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Wellbeing: Developing Empathy, Emotional Awareness, and Agency

Learn how School 21 explores topics like culture, diversity, and responsibility using drama techniques, grounding texts, and controversial statements.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Wellbeing: Fostering Self-Awareness and Empathy With Grounding Texts

Learn how School 21 uses literature as a gateway to explore sensitive themes, like race, bullying, and personal values.
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School Climate

Redesigning the Traditional Assembly

Here are five tips that can make assemblies engaging, participative, and reflective of your school's values, content, and pedagogies.
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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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