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Maker Education

Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace

Upcycling happens in a makerspace when design thinking meets hard-to-recycle junk. Inspire students to design and create cool, useful products from trash otherwise destined for landfill.
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Eight young kids are running outside on the grass in front of a playground.
Social and Emotional Learning

Building SEL Skills Through Formative Assessment

Measure and evaluate your students' SEL development by using a Progression Chart and strategies that include probing discussions, unobtrusive assessments, and student-generated assessments.
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An aerial shot of a table covered with paint, two paintings, a tissue box, paint brushes, and two arms painting from opposite ends of the table.
Curriculum Planning

Online Archives: Fun and Fascinating Classroom Resources

From an online collection of visual archetypes to royalty free music, these resources are great for the classroom or for just taking a fun trip down the rabbit hole of history.
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An adult male in a suit is sitting on a tall white chair in a small, carpeted library, talking to a large group of seated adults and students.
School Leadership

Summer Prep for Back to School: Resources for School Leaders

Explore resources from Edutopia and the web that support school leaders -- including principals and other administrators -- as they guide school communities into a new school year.
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A large group of special needs students are marching in the street, proudly raising their arms, cheering, and holding a large sign that says, "Hudson High School Special Olympians -- Multi-State Champs in Soccer and Softball."
Social and Emotional Learning

Recalling and Rekindling the Spirit that Initiated Special Olympics

The spirit of Special Olympics needs emulation so that doors are more widely open for all -- in schools and social institutions.
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An illustration of a female teacher with six thought bubbles behind her. The six thought bubbles show: a question mark, the words, "Make it happen," a hand shake, an angry and sad face, a listening ear, and a drawing of a turtle.
School Leadership

The Answer to Our Education Woes

Getting curious, slowing down, and listening to each other are a few of the essentials necessary for addressing the larger problems in education. 
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A poster on a blue-painted brick wall that says, "Maker Space Locations" on the left, and on the right of the poster it shows Monday through Friday and three maker spaces beneath each day, like "ReMake," "Making 3D," and StoryTeller."
Maker Education

Pop Up and Make: Student-Designed and Facilitated Makerspaces

See how introducing fluid, diverse makerspaces throughout a school can engage students in playing, collaborating, learning, and finding their passions.
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Project-Based Learning

Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning

Explore Edutopia's curated compilation of online resources for understanding and beginning to implement project-based learning.
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Maker Education

Assessment in Making

As we integrate maker education into the curriculum, we should determine whether it raises test scores, how it aligns with standards, and how we can assess making.
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Student Voice

Student-Led Conferences: Resources for Educators

Whether you already do student-led conferences or are interested in making a shift, this list includes a variety of go-to examples, guides, tips, and forms to help launch or improve these meetings.
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