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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.

  • Teaching a More Expansive View of Women’s Suffrage

    On the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment, educators can use the stories of female activists during Freedom Summer to teach about women’s suffrage.
    Meg Honey
  • Prepping to Teach World Language Classes Either Online or In Person

    Starting the year by creating a strong community and tapping into the target culture is a good strategy no matter where students are learning.
  • Teaching African History and Cultures Across the Curriculum

    Africa is much more than pyramids, slavery, and colonialism, and incorporating deeper study of the continent has many benefits for students.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Simone Kern
  • 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.
  • 5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

    We teachers are always looking to innovate, so, yes, it's essential that we try new things to add to our pedagogical bag of tricks. But it's important to focus on purpose and intentionality -- and not on quantity. So what really matters more than "always trying something new" is the reason behind why we do what we do.
  • Supporting Teachers to Workshop Project Ideas

    A strong project-based learning culture is built by giving opportunities for teachers to get feedback and support on their project ideas.
  • Using the Pandemic as a Teaching Tool

    Teachers are exploring the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus with students in classes ranging from history to business and math.
  • The Benefits of a High School Psychology Class

    Students gain not just social and emotional learning skills but academic ones like how to conduct and analyze research.
  • 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.
  • What Is Your Educational Philosophy?

    While lesson planning this summer, educators might also take time to reflect on their core beliefs about learning and teaching.
  • Curriculum Mapping Tips for New Teachers

    How to go about developing a curriculum that takes into account both your students’ abilities and the initiatives of your building and district.
  • Kindness: A Lesson Plan

    Classroom activities and resources for developing a vital character trait.
  • The Bill of Rights Through the Lens of Dystopian Tales

    One teacher offers a guide to help students compare the freedoms lost in dystopian novels with the freedoms secured by the Bill of Rights.

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