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Two second-grade girls role-play a scenario.
Social and Emotional Learning

Role-Play as an SEL Teaching Tool

Skills connected to social and emotional learning can be taught using situations drawn from students’ lives.
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A student consults with his teacher about a math problem.
Formative Assessment

Using Quick Check-Ins to Measure Student Understanding

Tips for building student choice into your formative assessments.
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A picture of children planting vegetables in a garden.
Lesson Plans

Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

Resources from around the web for incorporating Earth Day into your class.
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A teacher works with a group of students.
Student Engagement

Sharing the Depth of Knowledge Wheel With Students

Many teachers use Norman Webb’s framework in developing assignments, but it can also be shared with students to help them develop literacy skills.
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Mount Rushmore
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 Wellness

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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