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November 15, 2017

Educator-Led Projects Aimed at Improving Public Schools Showcased in AFT Report

A new report highlights the outcomes of the American Federation of Teachers' Innovation Fund grants, which support school improvement efforts that are developed collaboratively by teachers and administrators.

November 08, 2017

Is It Too Costly to Keep a Classroom Pet? One Group Offers a Solution

One organization is working to eliminate the financial burden of having pets in the classroom.

October 03, 2017

This Rural Teacher Brings the World Into the Classroom Through 'Phone-a-Friend'

A high school science teacher in Poyen, Ark., uses "Phone-a-Friend" cards to match professionals to her students during lab days.

July 19, 2017

Meet a Teacher Who Is Using Plants to Change Students' Lives

A teacher in the South Bronx borough of New York City built his classroom curriculum around the garden. A decade later, the seeds he planted have grown into a movement.

June 30, 2017

Can Computer Simulations Help Teachers Intervene With Suicidal Students?

A program used by 11,000 schools across the country simulates conversations about mental health between students and educators.

June 22, 2017

At One Houston School, Teaching Job Candidates Must 'Escape the Interview'

The school mimicked the popular adventure game, Escape the Room, as part of its hiring process to gauge candidates' collaboration skills and creativity.

May 11, 2017

Do Fidget Spinners Belong in the Classroom? Teachers Are Divided

Fidgets spinners are supposed to help students sit still and focus. But many teachers say it's having the exact opposite effect.

April 26, 2017

How Can Teachers Use a 3-D Printer in Class? 5th Grade Class Used It for Service

The 2016-17 Milken Educator Award recipient shares how her class used a 3-D printer to build a little girl's prosthetic hand.

April 19, 2017

Joyful Schools: What One U.S. Educator Learned From Teaching in Finland

A U.S. educator unpacks the lessons teachers can draw from Finnish classrooms—including the secret to joyful teaching and happier students.

March 24, 2017

Location Can Determine How Successfully Teachers Work Together, Study Finds

A study by Northwestern University finds that teachers' physical proximity to one another plays an important role in the way they interact and, ultimately, in how successful they are at collaborating.

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