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Lesson Plans

Election 2016: Lesson Plans and Digital Resources for Educators

Teach the 2016 U.S. presidential election with this curated collection, featuring lesson plans, multimedia, and interactive games for K-12 students.
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Apps

Quality vs. Quantity: Choosing Your Back-to-School Apps

When choosing what apps to try out, focus on your learning goals, only pick a few, and don’t forget to have your students join the process!
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Arts Integration

Creating an Ecology of Wonder

From modeling curiosity to exploring big questions, check out these five tips for using art to cultivate imagination and wonder in your classroom.
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Social and Emotional Learning

The Long-Term Economic Benefits of Social and Emotional Learning

Evidence suggests that universal SEL programs for children and adolescents can offer tremendous return on investment in reducing problems, promoting competence, and improving school success.
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Teacher Leadership

Outstanding in Your Field: What It Takes to Be a Great Teacher

How does one advance from good teaching into greatness? It takes a tremendous deal of reflection and the will to change.
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New Teachers

6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

Check for understanding, manage your students, and build classroom community with these six opening and closing classroom routines.
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Student Engagement

4 Student Engagement Tips (From a Student)

Harley Center shares how relationships, humor, choice, and displaying his work engaged him, plus his three-minute video highlighting student work and personalized learning.
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Interest-Based Learning

Learning Through Internships: Connecting Students' Passions to the Real World

Explore five ways to adapt internships (from field trips to shadow days), or follow nine steps to make Nashville Big Picture High School's internship program your own.
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Advisory

Advisory: 22 Ways to Build Relationships for Educational Success

Nashville Big Picture High School shares many ways to build intentional relationships with students -- strategies that can work at schools of any size.
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Student Voice

Personalized Learning: Enabling Student Voice and Choice Through Projects

Adapt these six tips to bring personalized learning projects into your classroom and build student engagement.
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