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Project-Based Learning

Fostering Confident Problem Solvers

How one teacher uses project-based learning to empower her students to see themselves as agents of change in society.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning Research Review: Annotated Bibliography

Dig deeper into the specific articles, studies, and reports included in our social emotional research review.
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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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Student Engagement

Fire Up Your Class With Student-Interest Surveys

What interests your students? Ask them, and then incorporate it into your curriculum. These tips will get you started.
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Teacher Leadership

Sharing Your Best Work With Other Teachers

Eight ways you can share lessons or other great ideas with fellow teachers everywhere.
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Teacher Wellness

Get the Most Out of Summer

Eight tips on incorporating relaxation and intentional planning for the year ahead into your summer so you can return to school refreshed.
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After-School Learning

A Giant Maker Project

K–12 students design and build 10-foot-tall puppets for a production of The BFG, and learn collaboration, engineering, and design thinking in the process.
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Community Partnerships

Open-Source Learning in Action

Using community mentors and project-based learning, this rural high school is opening up opportunities for its students.
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A young boy is looking at a fluorescent coral reef museum exhibit.
Place-Based Learning

When Your School Is a Museum

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, an award-winning school has been the catalyst for a district turnaround after a 20-year decline.
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A platypus robot is displayed inside an exhibit.
Place-Based Learning

Photos: A Look Inside the Grand Rapids Museum School

A struggling district expands the concept of the school campus—using a museum, a zoo, and the city to teach its students.
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