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Schools That Work

Our flagship series highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn.

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Teach your students the recipe for success: taking risks, making mistakes, and integrating critical feedback.

Examples That Work

Small Group Work With "I Choose"
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

When teachers began asking for time to work with students in small groups, Humboldt Elementary found the time for them.

7 9,236 40,965 views
Sharing Data to Create Stronger Parent Partnerships
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

By sending home detailed data reports that focus on a specific skill, Humboldt opens a two-way line of communication with parents about their child's learning.

4 2,027 26,987 views
Teacher pointing to a wall of color coded cards
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

Humboldt Elementary, a school once on the verge of being labeled under-performing, turned to data to move the bar on student success.

21 3,661 28,211 views
Mom and son reading at home
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

Positioned in Dewey-Humboldt, a small town with a rich mining history, Humboldt Elementary used to be known as the "little school down the hill." Fifteen years ago, expectations for its students were low, and it was a fraction of a point from bein

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Student listening to a man explain something at the computer in an architect's office
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

Personalized learning means student agency, defining curriculum by real-life skills, defining learning expectations, encouraging self-knowledge, and teachers getting to know their students as people.

16 649 10,238 views
Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

Montpelier High School's service learning program integrates across the curriculum, utilizing a school greenhouse and gardens to provide food for the school district's lunch program.

2 2,021 37,261 views
Recess for High School Students
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

Last year, Montpelier High shifted its schedule to free up 15 minutes -- for recess. Teachers and students find they are more calm and focused, with a camaraderie that continues into the classroom.

3 30,680 45,797 views


Man wearing glasses standing in front of a white board
School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

This New York City middle and high school measures the full range of student ability through formative assessments, presentations, exhibitions, and tests -- and they put a strong focus on "authentic" tasks that are tied to the real world.

12 189 9,555 views
Interest-Based Electives: Engaging Students With STEAM Explorations

Educators at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy engage students by letting them choose outside-the-box enrichment classes, like toy making, drones, and candy chemistry.  

1 1,228 3,802 views
Integrated Learning: One Project, Several Disciplines
High Tech High School | Grades 9-12

For any project within a vocational major, High Tech High encourages teachers and students to include relevant content from other subject areas to enhance real-world connections.

2 3,199 18,999 views
Teaching Group Work: Building Student Collaboration and Agency

At University Park Campus School, students learn through group work that they have something to contribute.

3 367 19,776 views
Kids walking in front of the school
Yes Prep North Central | Grades 6-12

The school shares details about administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials that you may adapt for your class or school.

6 4 9,328 views
Integrated Studies: Sustainability and Cross-Curricular Connections
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

By connecting the theme of sustainability across multiple disciplines, the teachers at Montpelier High School have built a robust, integrated teaching approach that engages students and creates community.

1,028 38,500 views
Nick working on an electrical project

A reluctant middle school student responded to a summer maker challenge and ended up demonstrating his sports training product prototype at a White House tech innovation fair.

2 2,832 9,100 views