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  • Teacher works with high school student at his desk

    4 Tips for a Successful Self-Contained Classroom

    Co-teachers in a special education classroom focus on building a community of learners with a focus on real-world skills.
    Michelle Murphy, Heather Beam
    467
  • Elementary aged girl walks to her outdoor classroom carrying an umbrella and 5-gallon bucket

    Moving Your Classroom Outside During the Pandemic

    One teacher shares how her rural elementary school safely and effectively took their classrooms outdoors.
    689
  • Middle school teacher helps a student at her desk in a hybrid classroom

    What Educators Are Learning During the Pandemic

    Many school leaders and teachers are focusing on whole child education, an idea that seems likely to grow in prominence in the future.
    4.7k
  • Building a 21st-Century Learning Space

    A community raised $6 million to construct an innovative 30,000-square-foot facility complete with makerspaces and learning labs.
    16.1k
  • Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

    Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

    When afterschool program Ballet Folklorico teaches kids traditional Mexican dance, they build not only social and emotional skills, but also community.
    1.6k
  • 5 Steps to Better School/Community Collaboration

    A parent and community organizer shares some resources and great ideas, including the creation of a resource map and connecting with subject matter experts to connect to curriculum.
    20.7k
  • Building a Culture of Kindness With a Day of Service

    Building a Culture of Kindness With a Day of Service

    When Maryland middle school students spend a day focusing on helping others, they see their own capacity to make a difference in their community.
    2.1k
  • Scaffolding Academics With Social and Emotional Skills in the Afterschool Space

    Scaffolding Academics With Social and Emotional Skills in the Afterschool Space

    The often-overlooked hours after school can be a great opportunity to build in lessons around self-regulation and decision-making.
    932
  • Connecting School and Afterschool With Shared Practices

    Connecting School and Afterschool With Shared Practices

    In Tacoma, a community-wide effort to better serve children is underway, and the first step is common language and shared best practices among the adults.
    867
  • photo of community support

    5 Ways to Stop Bullying and Move into Action

    With daily news reports about the devastating impact on students who have been relentlessly bullied, teachers find themselves on the front line in addressing bullying and intolerance. It is time to move into action. Not In Our School offers solutions-based strategies and tools for change to a network of schools that are working to create safe, inclusive and accepting climates.
    8.7k
  • Back to school night open house with community partners.

    A More Engaging Back to School Night

    Intentionally fostering interactions among teachers, parents, and community partners helped one school create a more inviting event.
    1.2k
  • Running a Business in School

    Running a Business in School

    Students learn skills like maintaining inventory, marketing, and scheduling while working in a cafe as part of a business class.
    4.5k
  • A group of fourth-grade students play with a peer with special needs in a sandbox during a field trip to a local playground in southern California.

    How to Improve Students With Disabilities’ Sense of Belonging

    By focusing on play, schools are finding ways to bring students with and without disabilities together, to the benefit of both groups.
    1.2k
  • three children working at a desk with hands-on materials

    How Can High-Poverty Schools Engage Families and the Community?

    High-poverty schools can involve students' families through home visits and by joining the community's safety net to provide social and medical services for those in need.
    5.2k
  • Engaging Families With Social and Emotional Learning Strategies

    Engaging Families With Social and Emotional Learning Strategies

    When teachers bring parents in to see what their children are learning, they strengthen the home-school connection and help the adults build skills, too.
    495

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