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  • Principal Kafele on Building Community in and Beyond School

    Teachers often hear about connecting classrooms to communities, and school leaders also benefit when they look for resources beyond their school.
    Brittany R. Collins
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • A More Engaging Back to School Night

    Intentionally fostering interactions among teachers, parents, and community partners helped one school create a more inviting event.
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  • How Preschools Can Set Up Intergenerational Relationships to Support SEL

    Consistent interactions with senior citizens can be a valuable source of learning for preschool students.
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  • Bringing the Benefits of Intergenerational Learning to School

    Collaborating with a local senior center in areas across the curriculum can enrich lessons and boost students’ social and emotional skills.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • How to Be a ‘Poverty-Disrupting Educator’

    Over 12 million American kids live in poverty. What role can schools play in disrupting its pernicious effects?
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  • Developing an Experiential Learning Program

    A Vermont school program connected to local trades shows how experiential learning can boost engagement for middle and high school students.
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  • 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.
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  • Creating a Festival to Celebrate STEAM

    A festival that showcases science, technology, engineering, arts, and math can open up new worlds for elementary students.
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  • Breaking the Cycle of Silence Around Black Mental Health

    Data shows that Black youth are especially prone to develop mental health issues but less likely to seek out or receive the specialized services and care they need.
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