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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

Teacher standing by a whiteboard explaining parts of the base of a weather balloon

Hood River Middle School shares its seven-step model for including student-interest enrichment courses and intervention support within the regular school day.

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A classroom of kids and teacher out on the field getting ready to release a weather balloon

Turn your school into a community hub by making your facilities publicly available, letting your community know about it, and creating partnerships with those who rent your school spaces.

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A class off the school bus next to the river taking notes

An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.

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Close up of a hand holding a pencil captioning drawings of water seeping between rocks, freezing and melting

Permaculture is ideal for teaching ecology, yet also works as a classroom design system that fosters empathy, inspires advocacy, and increases productivity within your school's existing standards and framework.

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The front of the school with fall colors and student walking by

By helping students understand the history, geology, and culture of their place, Hood River Middle School supports students in understanding themselves and their role in their community.

A young girl with long hair in a white t-shirt and blue shorts is sitting at a kid-sized table with colorful, clear, Lego-like building pieces. On the table are variations of different towers.

With staff vision and student and community engagement, turn the unused or under-used areas of your school buildings or grounds into gardens, labs, and makerspaces.

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Daily Assemblies: Deepening Relationships Through Ritual and Recognition

Students at Urban Prep Charter Academies are celebrated, supported, and empowered through their daily community assembly.

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Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom at Mesquite Elementary School

Mix teacher collaboration and innovative leadership with a big dose of differentiated instruction and you get Mesquite Elementary's winning recipe.

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Real-World Problem Solving: Finding Solutions Through Projects

By using real-world problems as projects for children to solve, Crellin Elementary empowers, engages, and excites students about what they can learn and how they can use that knowledge.

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At one New Tech Network high school, strategies backed by research make project-based learning effective and engaging for teachers and students.

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Blended Learning: Working With One iPad

Learn how one educator has found a way to put a single iPad to use so the whole class benefits.

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Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven

Ralston Elementary School is creating a culture of inquiry to nourish 21st-century learners.

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Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding

Encouraging students to reach out to one another to solve problems not only builds collaboration skills but leads to deeper learning and understanding.

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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.

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