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Find resources to help you implement project-based learning, social and emotional learning, comprehensive assessment, teacher development, integrated studies, and technology integration. Read more about our core concepts or see our list of all topics.

Learning Environments

The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.
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Integrated Studies

Sparking Curiosity and Solving Real-World Problems

See how students apply their literacy skills to explore science problems outside classroom walls.
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Learning Environments

The Optimal Seating Plan? Letting Your Students Choose

Allowing students to move the furniture can help you differentiate instruction and give your students more agency in their learning.
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Critical Thinking

Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

The perfect problem connects content, student interest, and an authentic context.
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A young boy is looking at a fluorescent coral reef museum exhibit.
Place-Based Learning

When Your School Is a Museum

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, an award-winning school has been the catalyst for a district turnaround after a 20-year decline.
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Place-Based Learning

Photos: A Look Inside the Grand Rapids Museum School

A struggling district expands the concept of the school campus—using a museum, a zoo, and the city to teach its...
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Place-Based Learning

Turning the Community Into a Classroom

See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of...
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Place-Based Learning

Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community

At Hood River Middle School, place-based learning makes student learning relevant and engaging by turning their local...
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Social and Emotional Learning

Morning Meetings: Building Community in the Classroom

Starting the day with this 15-minute activity helps students regulate their emotions and focus on the day’s learning.
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Social and Emotional Learning

A Push in the Right Direction

Mentors have the power to shape people’s choices in positive ways, as a teacher and student share in a pair of videos.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Justice Committee: Using Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflicts

Students at Pittsfield Middle High School are trained to mediate conflicts between their fellow students—and between students and teachers.
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Technology Integration

Tech Buddies: Building Technology Skills Through Peer Teaching

See the learning on both sides when fifth graders teach computer skills to first graders.
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Young students are working at tables in a large multipurpose room with large colorful-shaped decorations hanging from the ceiling.
Trading Places

Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.
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Integrated Studies

Sparking Curiosity and Solving Real-World Problems

See how students apply their literacy skills to explore science problems outside classroom walls.
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A student works at a desk in front of a whiteboard covered with equations.
STEM

Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum

Four of the skills used to solve computer science problems can be applied in other classes as well.
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Arts Integration

Arts Integration: Resource Roundup

All points of arts integration -- from benefits and implementation to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blog posts, articles, and videos.
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Blended Learning

Facilitating a Class Twitter Chat

Tips for hosting a Twitter chat with your students—a handy tool for enhancing digital literacy and engaging introverts.
A teacher discusses what her students are seeing on their computer monitors.
Digital Citizenship

How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

A lesson plan for helping students as young as kindergarten begin to understand how to be safe online.
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Two students look at their phones in class.
Digital Citizenship

3 Tips for Managing Phone Use in Class

Setting cell phone expectations early is key to accessing the learning potential of these devices and minimizing the distraction factor.
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Technology Integration

5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices

Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices. With these tools, your children...
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A female student looks at a tablet computer with holographic images of data charts floating around it.
Assessment

Why Student Data Should Be Students’ Data

Students can make gains in taking ownership of their work when they’re given access to their data around that work.
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Teaching Strategies

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

A rigorous intervention pushes students who might be satisfied with a D to aim higher.
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Rubrics

6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric

A format that provides students with personalized feedback and works to keep them from focusing solely on their grade.
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Assessment

Competency-Based Learning: Developing Mastery of Skills and Content

At Pittsfield Middle High School, students choose how they will show what they have learned.
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Seated on the floor, elementary school children in school uniforms look all in the same direction.
Global Education

Giving Students’ Empathy Muscles a Workout

A new platform helps teachers in different countries connect their classrooms and encourage an appreciation for different perspectives.
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Cartoon image of a finger pushing a large button, with several computer program icons in the background
School Leadership

Making Digital Communications Accessible

Tips for making the information schools share with students’ families more accessible for people of all abilities.
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A female middle school teacher talks with two female students who are seated at their desks.
Teacher Development

Navigating Change: Tips From a Veteran

Adopting a new textbook or teaching a different course? Here’s how one classroom veteran handles such changes.
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