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School Leadership

Simple Ways to Support Your Teachers at the Start of the Year

Solutions that administrators can implement ahead of time to resolve four common challenges teachers face as a school year begins.
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Project-Based Learning

Get a Taste of PBL Before Your Students Do

Project slices—condensed project-based learning for teachers—give educators a student’s perspective on what it’s like to do a project.
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Literacy

Giving Peer Feedback Helps Writers Grow

Tips for showing students how to give each other writing feedback, which benefits both the receiver and the giver.
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Social and Emotional Learning

When Controversy Hits Your Community

In Virginia, educators say the groundwork for addressing student responses to the recent Charlottesville protest was laid in the years before the event.
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Instructional Coaching

Coaching the Novice Teacher

Some dos and don’ts for instructional coaches striving to help new teachers make a successful start.
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The Research Is In

To Increase Voter Turnout, Start with Children

Can a program targeting social and emotional skills in children increase the odds that they’ll vote as adults? A new study says yes.
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Literacy

4 Strategies to Model Literary Analysis

Explicit instruction in literary analysis works best when the teacher models it instead of lecturing.
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Literacy

An Academic Use for Social Media

You can leverage micro-writing—tweets, Instagram posts, and the like—to help students improve their communication and writing skills.
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A group of students discuss a driving question with their teacher.
PBL Planning

In Search of the Driving Question

Coming up with the driving question in project-based learning is often the hard part, so we’ve got some ideas to help you craft a great one.
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Collaborative Learning

Start the Year With Collaboration

Try these effective strategies for having students participate in group work from the very beginning of the school year.
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