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Explore videos that showcase evidence-based learning practices in K-12 schools, and see our core strategies and key topics in action.

  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Education Buzzwords Defined: What Is Culturally Responsive Teaching?

    Connecting students’ culture and backgrounds to the classroom isn’t just a nice thing to do—it can have a huge impact on keeping them engaged and making learning materials relevant.
  • Research

    3 Ways to Make Learning Stick With Better Note-Taking

    When students rely on verbatim notes and highlighting, they don’t actually retain information very well—but research points to several methods that work better.
  • Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

    3 Ways to Make Gratitude a Habit in Your Classroom

    When teachers are intentional about building a culture of appreciation and acknowledgment, the whole classroom community benefits.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Celebrating Día de los Muertos in the Classroom

    When sharing this beloved Mexican holiday with their students, teachers have an opportunity to create a culturally responsive lesson that brings more meaning to the iconic and historically significant artifacts most closely associated with it.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    How to Get Kids Moving in Every Subject

    Adding some movement to lessons not only engages and motivates students—research says it helps them recall and retain information. And it’s fun!
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    How Culturally Responsive Practices Help Students Connect to School

    This bilingual elementary school offers students a more inclusive educational experience—through music and culturally relevant instruction.
  • Assessment

    How to Get Students to Focus on Learning—Not Grades

    With a few shifts in the classroom, teachers can encourage students to pay more attention to the skills they are building than to a number or letter score.
  • Classroom Management

    5 Low-Stakes Activities to Help Teens Open Up

    From sharing common interests to making connections through books and music, these engaging exercises provide stepping stones for teachers to build relationships in the classroom.
  • Research

    A Better Way to Learn Your ABCs

    According to new research, integrating whole-body movements into learning the alphabet improves students’ recollection of letter-sound pairings and hard-to-learn sounds.
  • Classroom Management

    Building Strong Foundations With Classroom Routines

    Investing time early in the year to establish procedures and expectations lets teachers and students enjoy a classroom that runs more smoothly (almost!) every day.

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