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Explore videos that showcase evidence-based learning practices in preK-12 schools, and see our core strategies and key topics in action.

  • Collaborative Learning

    Making a Math Lesson More Hands-On

    When teachers provide opportunities for students to construct figures and play with dimensions while exploring geometry, math becomes more accessible to everyone.
  • Trauma-Informed Practices

    Building Confidence and Resilience Through the Arts

    By bringing in arts education, this school found a creative way to help heal trauma and encourage a more supportive learning environment.
  • Teaching Strategies

    60-Second Strategy: Jitter Sticks

    When students need to get their wiggles out so they can settle down to learn, this simple movement-based brain break does the trick.
  • Learning Environments

    The Benefits of Taking Kindergarten Outdoors

    By exploring outside their classroom—and even their schoolyard—two teachers found their students’ learning potential became boundless.
  • Assessment

    How Testing Students Twice Can Improve Note-Taking Skills

    Allowing students to take a test two times—once from memory and once using their notes—can boost note-taking, study skills, and reading habits, all at once.
  • Communication Skills

    60-Second Strategy: Double Circle

    With a simple discussion activity that gets every learner in the class speaking and listening, teachers can help students boost conversation skills—and develop their opinions.
  • Literacy

    Why Prior Knowledge Wins the Game

    Although schools have been prioritizing discrete skills in reading instruction for years, education writer Natalie Wexler says building rich background knowledge could lead to more successful readers.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Activating Learning by Milling to Music

    When students pretend they’re at a fancy party making small talk, a simple brainstorm for writing ideas becomes more lively, more cooperative—and more effective.
  • English Language Learners

    Teaching SEL Skills Through Stories and Poetry

    When social and emotional learning is integrated into language arts, elementary students gain a deeper understanding of concepts like empathy and self-awareness. And they’re more engaged in reading and writing, to boot.
  • English Language Learners

    Lowering the Stakes for Language Learning

    By intentionally creating lessons that are social, collaborative, and joyful, educators can make it easier for students to build their skills—and confidence—in a new language.

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