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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.

  • Communication Skills

    60-Second Strategy: The Hot Seat

    Providing the active listeners in the outer ring of a Socratic circle a way to jump in with their burning questions and comments keeps all students engaged.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Boosting Student Belonging With the Jigsaw Technique

    This classic group learning strategy can help students communicate, collaborate, and empathize with one another—fighting back against a growing sense of disconnection in schools.
  • English Language Learners

    Tailoring Instruction to Support English Language Learners

    Setting up a self-contained classroom for English language learners bolsters academics and helps students reach fluency faster.
  • Student Voice

    Making Meaning of High School With Self-Reflection

    Building a tradition where high school seniors share a personal narrative has helped this school community honor each and every student experience.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Jump-Starting Academic Learning With Movement and Dance

    The benefits of movement in the classroom aren’t limited to younger students. Pairing new words and concepts with gestures or dance moves locks in understanding—and active brain breaks prime students to learn even more.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    Exploring Writing, Social Studies, and Math in a Map Challenge

    Encouraging students to bring their creativity and imagination to challenging content makes it more accessible—and helps them learn it more deeply.
  • Collaborative Learning

    60-Second Strategy: Whiteboard Relay

    The team competition is fierce in this informal assessment activity, in which students have to work together to win.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Building Problem-Solving Skills Through ‘Speed Dating’

    When students solve each other’s problems, they gain confidence in their own skills and witness the power of collaboration in real time.
  • Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

    Deepening Academic Understanding With Tangible Experiences

    By providing middle school students a chance to walk in someone else’s shoes, teachers can help them develop empathy—and a stronger connection to content.
  • Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

    4 Ways to Help Teens Strengthen Social and Emotional Literacy

    When middle and high school students are given the chance to build social and emotional skills during the school day, they get better at self-regulation and grow more socially aware—both in and out of the classroom.

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