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How to get higher ROI for used digital learning devices

Technology buyback programs can make new purchases much more affordable for districts -- here are some ways to make the most of technology buyback programs.

Assessments don’t always translate outside the classroom, but students’ networks do

Good grades are not enough to ensure all students can access the career paths they want. How to help students develop network that enable them to get by -- and get ahead.

How to create a learning space that nurtures tomorrow’s workforce

Four tips that all schools can use to update and modernize their classrooms in a way that truly meets the needs of all learners.

How leaders can stay grounded in the present

Reflecting on the here and now and breaking down goals into manageable parts help.

How supporting SEL can improve diversity and equity in education

How one school made social and emotional learning a natural part of the classroom culture.

How access to books helps students process trauma

Tapping books -- both in print and ebooks -- can help students collectively process trauma.

Level the playing field with the playing field

A club focused on play is helping students develop their interpersonal skills, expand their social circles and create a more welcoming school climate.

How educators can help prevent bad social media behavior

Schools are often put in a reactive position when it comes to bad social media behavior by students -- but what if reactive plans were put in place instead?

Virtual field trip takes students to Washington DC

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is inviting students to tour the nation’s capital in a virtual field trip. 

Hamilton County School District amps up summer school program

Schools across Tennessee are gearing up for a busy summer school season. One district, Hamilton County School District, is ahead of the game. Here’s what they’re doing.

Reimagining AP teaching with PBL

AP teaching should do more than just prepare students to recite facts or pass the test. Here’s how you can do that with PBL.

4 keys to improving representation in classroom content

A curriculum designer offers advice on engaging the entire community to make sure that all perspectives are represented.

How online simulations help students develop historical empathy

Online simulations can help put history into context and show students that the past is nuanced -- helping them develop deeper critical thinking around historical events.

National Teacher of the Year offers “pocket of possibility” for all students

Elementary-school special-education teacher Juliana Urtubey is ready to “amplify the brilliance” of students who think and learn differently.

How one drama teacher turned an odd year into an ODDportunity

Faced with no spring play or finding a creative option, one teacher turned to The Odyssey for inspiration.

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