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  • Diversity

    Should You Use “At-Risk” to Describe Students?

    Professor Ivory Toldson says you shouldn’t—here’s why.
    Stephen Merrill
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    How to Promote Social, Emotional, and Character Development

    There’s no need for funding or special training to bring these approaches and strategies into your classroom right away.
  • Communication Skills

    What Productive Talk Looks Like in the Elementary Grades

    Using sentence stems to scaffold classroom discussions guides students to speak, actively listen, and build on each others’ ideas.
  • The Research Is In

    Students Think Lectures Are Best, But Research Suggests They’re Wrong

    How much background knowledge is needed to understand a piece of text? New research discovers the tipping point.
  • Dual-Language Learning

    Building Cross-Cultural Connections in Two Languages

    At a bilingual school in Chicago, first-grade teachers swap classrooms so students get lessons in both Mandarin and English.
  • English-Language Learners

    Using Diversity to Build a Culture of Belonging

    Academics and social skills are equally prioritized at this multilingual elementary school in Chicago, ranked one of the best in the city.
  • Classroom Management

    Social Contracts Foster Community in the Classroom

    When students and teachers collaborate to create shared behavior expectations, the whole class is invested in the norms.
  • Education Equity

    An Engaging Word Game Helps Students Grasp Implicit Bias

    A simple fill-in-the-blank exercise helped students understand the power of words and the way they might convey unspoken beliefs.
  • Parent Partnership

    The Power of Positive Communication

    Setting a goal of positive contact with every student’s family helped a middle school teacher deepen relationships and boost her own morale.
  • Student Voice

    Creating a Classroom Culture of Shared Ownership

    Getting buy-in from students at the outset encourages them to engage more deeply in their learning.