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

  • Brain-Based Learning

    Jumpstarting Academic Learning With Movement and Dance

    The benefits of movement in the classroom aren’t limited to younger students. Pairing new words and concepts with gestures or dance moves locks in understanding—and active brain breaks prime students to learn even more.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    Exploring Writing, Social Studies, and Math in a Map Challenge

    Encouraging students to bring their creativity and imagination to challenging content makes it more accessible—and helps them learn it more deeply.
  • Collaborative Learning

    60-Second Strategy: Whiteboard Relay

    The team competition is fierce in this informal assessment activity, in which students have to work together to win.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Building Problem-Solving Skills Through ‘Speed Dating’

    When students solve each other’s problems, they gain confidence in their own skills and witness the power of collaboration in real time.
  • Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

    Deepening Academic Understanding With Tangible Experiences

    By providing middle school students a chance to walk in someone else’s shoes, teachers can help them develop empathy—and a stronger connection to content.
  • Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

    4 Ways to Help Teens Strengthen Social and Emotional Literacy

    When middle and high school students are given the chance to build social and emotional skills during the school day, they get better at self-regulation and grow more socially aware—both in and out of the classroom.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    9 Brain Breaks That Teens Will Love

    Students are still learning, even during brief breaks, which serve to help them decompress, refocus, and process new information.
  • Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

    3 Activities That Integrate SEL Into Elementary Math

    When social and emotional learning is woven into core math curriculum, elementary students can grow in their math skills, social awareness, and emotional literacy—all at the same time.
  • Literacy

    Building Better Readers With Scaffolded Read Alouds

    By reading books out loud every day, teachers introduce students to higher-level texts and new vocabulary, while modeling deeper thinking and strong discussion skills.
  • Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

    How to Build Autonomy in Early Childhood Classrooms

    Establishing predictable routines and clear roles in preschool helps even the youngest students grow in their ability to make decisions, take on responsibilities, and accomplish tasks independently.

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