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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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Teaching Strategies

You Can’t Cover Everything

Teachers have mandated content to cover, but also seek to develop skills that students will use long after they have forgotten rote facts.
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Students completing an obstacle course in gym class
Student Engagement

Tough Mudder Goes to the Gym

Engage all students in gym by updating the old familiar obstacle course. Plus, you can include discussions on growth mindset.
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A teacher encourages a young student in class.
Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset Is Not Enough

To help students face life’s challenges, teachers should seek to help them develop a broad set of skills.
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A group of teachers and support providers discuss a community walk in Oakland.
Community Partnerships

Community Walks Create Bonds of Understanding

When students lead teachers through their communities, the cultural exchange can have a transformational effect on school culture.
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A montage of images of CES schools
News

A Farewell to the Coalition of Essential Schools

Celebrating the impact and influence of CES—with the people who knew it best.
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Two girls work on their homework side by side.
Differentiated Instruction

A Little Help With Your Homework

How to guide your students to self-differentiate their homework—without creating more work for yourself.
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Two teachers discuss their practice.
Professional Development

A Focus on Self-Improvement

Five principles of deliberate practice can help teachers consistently improve their teaching.
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An illustration of a school campus with bubbles holding percentages over different areas of the school showing where bullying occurs.
Bullying Prevention

Anatomy of School Bullying

Understanding the hot spots within schools is essential to putting a stop to student bullying.
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A photograph of a large group of adults sitting in a circle.
Social and Emotional Learning

The Power of Collective Wisdom

Networking increases our chance of success in implementing social-emotional and character development programs.
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Four girls dancing
Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning Research Review

Numerous research reports show that social and emotional learning (SEL) can have a positive impact on students' academic performance. Edutopia's SEL research review explores those reports and helps make sense of the results.
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