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Stephen Merrill

Chief Content Officer, Edutopia

I'm a former high school teacher of English and history. I started a second career as an editor and media product leader at publications like CNN, Outside magazine, and Newsweek Budget Travel. I've always been passionate about education and its ability to change lives.

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  • Literacy

    6 Ways to Make the Most of Classroom Movies

    A Twitter thread on how to elicit real learning from movies draws over 150 teachers—and produces some fantastic ideas.
  • Education Trends

    Lessons From the Cigarette Wars: Harness Student Voices Against Vaping

    The number of kids who are vaping has risen dramatically in the last year—and the addictive habit has now claimed its first lives. It's time to let kids know we’ve seen this all before.
  • Professional Development

    For Teachers, Risking Failure to Improve Practice

    One teacher insists that failure isn’t an endpoint; it’s an opportunity for learning and improvement.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Decoding the Teenage Brain (in 3 Charts)

    New technologies are shedding light on what really makes adolescents tick—and providing clues on how we might reach them better.
  • The Research Is In

    Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising

    An ambitious study of 153 classrooms in the United Kingdom provides the best evidence that flexible spaces can boost academic performance.
  • Teachers Weigh In

    7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms

    K–8 educators from across the country give you a peek at their classrooms—and explain how they managed the transformations.
  • STEM

    The Best (Free) Posters of STEM Women

    Our periodically updated list of beautiful, free posters—along with a few good reasons why you should display them in your classroom.
  • Assessment

    Allowing Test Retakes—Without Getting Gamed

    Hundreds of teachers discussed the best ways to guide students toward mastery—without being taken advantage of.
  • Teachers Weigh In

    High School Flexible Seating Done Right

    Interested in switching to flexible seating? Get funding ideas, helpful tips, and how-to photos from the pros—your fellow high school teachers.
  • Collaborative Learning

    How-To: The Jigsaw Method, Revisited

    An excellent video on an older, cooperative learning strategy that researchers say remains highly effective.
  • Literacy

    20 Indispensable High School Reads

    We asked our community which works of literature were must-reads for high schoolers. Here are your top picks.
  • Diversity

    Should You Use “At-Risk” to Describe Students?

    Professor Ivory Toldson says you shouldn’t—here’s why.
  • Education Trends

    The Future of Coding in Schools

    Mitch Resnick, one of the creators of Scratch, on why he thinks coding should be taught in all schools—it's not the reason you’d expect.
  • Bullying Prevention

    Anatomy of School Bullying

    Understanding the hot spots within schools is essential to putting a stop to student bullying.
  • Readers Weigh In

    6 PD Reads You Shouldn’t Miss

    We asked about the professional development books you’d recommend to your teacher friends. Here are the six that stood out.