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Curriculum Planning

Redefining Failure

Why encouraging students to get everything right is the wrong direction.
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Innovative Spaces

Climb Aboard: School Buses Reimagined

Mobile greenhouses, art studios, and makerspaces are traveling to underserved kids across the nation—salvaging vulnerable school programs and leveling the playing field to access.
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Young students learn while looking at an ancient statue in a museum.
Interest-Based Learning

Hooking the Youngest Students on History

Use storytelling and playacting to draw early elementary students into the study of history.
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Engaged students at work in a classroom
Differentiated Instruction

Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences

Techniques for meeting the needs of students with diverse abilities and interests.
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Adult male stands with a group of elementary school children who are all wearing chef hats.
Environmental Education

5 Lessons for Greening Your Curriculum

Cultivate an indoor farm with inspiration from the Green Bronx Machine.
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A girl in a blue shirt works in the garden
5-Minute Film Festival

5-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate Earth Day

Jump-start your lesson plans with these videos and resources for students of all ages.
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A young boy in black and white sees a colorful collection of crayons.
Education Equity

New Supreme Court Decision Benefits Students With IEPs

A lawyer breaks down the jargon around the recent Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District ruling and shows how it benefits students.
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Woman sitting at a desk smiling and writing.
Teacher Leadership

Teachers, It’s Time We Appreciate Ourselves

Simple ways to recognize and appreciate the work we do every day.
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Learning Environments

Photo Essay: A Flexible Seating How-To

A middle school teacher gives you a peek inside her classroom. Look for ideas on how you can begin to transform your own room.
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Confident students taking a test.
Brain-Based Learning

Brain-Based Strategies to Reduce Test Stress

A neurologist shares ideas for beating stress before and during test time.
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