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February 01, 2017

Deepening Text Analysis Through Academic Discussions (Video)

Viet-ly Nguyen, a 6th grade English teacher at Westlake Middle School in Oakland, Calif., uses academic discussions to allow students to share and compare their interpretations on social justice issues within a complex text. Engaging in academic discourse prepares students to begin writing well-developed responses.

January 18, 2017

Ready to Learn: Creating an Inclusive Classroom (Video)

Jen Saul, a 3rd grade teacher at East Palo Alto Charter School in California, creates a positive classroom culture by using a classroom pledge to help students remember learning expectations and by supporting students as they learn to work together toward academic success.

December 28, 2016

Classroom Choices: Understanding & Retelling a Story (Video)

Melissa Porfirio, a 1st grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School in Springfield, Va., uses academic choice to allow her students to choose how they demonstrate their comprehension of fairy tales. She uses interactive read-alouds and think-pair-share activities to help students identify story elements and work collaboratively to develop critical thinking skills.

December 14, 2016

Modeling Strategy: 'I Do, We Do, You Do' (Video)

Lindsay Young, a high school teacher at Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, Calif., shares how she scaffolds instruction to support English-language learners. She sets students up for success by gradually releasing responsibility to meet the needs of diverse learners through individual and collective learning.

November 30, 2016

Agents of Change: Empowering Students to Take Action (Video)

Matt Colley, a 9th grade history teacher at Oakland Technical High School in California, has students select topics for research in order to foster real-world applications to their own lives and futures. He utilizes diagrams to get students thinking critically about contemporary problems and possible solutions.

November 23, 2016

Real-World Skills: Teaching Email Etiquette (Video)

Barbara Jizba, a library media specialist at the Wilson Focus School in Omaha, Neb., teaches students how to differentiate formal and informal emails to develop their communication skills.

November 16, 2016

Designing Infographics for Change (Video)

Chela Delgado, a 12th grade teacher at the Coliseum College Prep Academy in Oakland, Calif., shares how her students design visual representations for their senior capstone projects on civic engagement. Students go through steps of planning and check-ins before utilizing technology to create their infographics.

November 02, 2016

Teaching Civic Engagement in the Digital Age (Video)

Chela Delgado, a 12th grade teacher at the Coliseum College Prep Academy in Oakland, Calif., and Matt Colley, a 9th grade history teacher at Oakland Technical High School in Calif., share how they use civic engagement projects to help their students become college, career, and community ready and recognize themselves as agents of change.

October 19, 2016

Targeting Learning With Criteria for Success (Video)

Marion Ivey, a kindergarten teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Oakland, Ill., makes criteria for success accessible for young learners in their writing lessons so that they can facilitate constructive peer feedback.

October 05, 2016

A Classroom Strategy: The Work of Play (Video)

First grade teacher Vanessa Miller and principal Naomi Smith at Central Park East II Elementary in New York give students the opportunity to learn through "playtime." They believe imagination and creativity can play large roles in social, language, and intellectual development.

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