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Curriculum Planning

Looking for ways to develop dynamic, compelling, and standards-based course content and activities? This is the place to start.

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  • Exploring Identity During Independent Reading

    Middle school students build literacy skills and explore who they are growing to be in an independent reading unit centered on the theme of identity.
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  • Building Relationships With Empathy Maps

    Use this simple visual tool to make better instructional decisions with your students' strengths and needs in mind.
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    Why Learning at Home Should Be More Self-Directed—and Less Structured

    On March 18, 2020, Simone Kern tweeted that simply “recreating schools at home” passes up a golden opportunity to engage kids in authentic, self-directed learning.
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  • Planning for Student Engagement

    Keeping middle school students actively learning in remote classes was tough. Some of the strategies teachers used will work well in the classroom.
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  • Reprioritizing Standards for Middle and High School Students

    After a challenging year, focusing on social and emotional learning and vital standards may be the way forward.
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  • Building Student Agency by Collaborating on Learning Standards

    When students have a say in choosing driving and supporting standards for project-based learning units, they get invested in the outcomes.
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  • How to Plan When You Don’t Know What to Plan For

    What school will look like in the fall is still uncertain for most of the U.S., but teachers can develop flexible plans that work for distance and in-class teaching.
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  • Incorporating Social Justice in the Curriculum

    A framework based on interdisciplinary experiential learning can help teachers approach issues of injustice with middle and high school students.
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  • Curating Mentor Texts That Inspire Student Writers

    Mentor texts that reflect the breadth and depth of student experiences not only get students enthusiastic about writing but also help build a sense of belonging at school.
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    6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

    Students need good reading skills not just in English but in all classes. Here are some ways you can help them develop those skills.
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  • The Importance of Student Choice Across All Grade Levels

    When students get to make decisions about their learning, it can be powerfully motivating.
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  • 4 Ways to Incorporate More Asian American Perspectives Into the Curriculum

    If all students learn is how Chinese workers built the railroads and how Japanese Americans were interned in World War II, they’re missing a lot.
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  • Adolescent girl doing homework.

    What’s the Right Amount of Homework?

    Decades of research show that homework has some benefits, especially for students in middle and high school—but there are risks to assigning too much.
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  • How to Make Pinterest Work for You

    Teachers can use this social media platform as a springboard for creativity in planning class projects and activities.
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  • Class Reflection Activities to Close Out a Tough Year

    After a challenging year of pandemic schooling, these activities help students reflect on what they’ve learned and look forward to what’s coming next.
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