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Superintendent shows how project-based learning leads to deeper instruction

In the Portola Valley School District, we landed on project-based learning as an approach to provide a well-rounded, challenging instructional program for transitional kindergarten through grade 8 students. All students, regardless of their socio-economic or cultural backgrounds, deserve the opportunity to discover their own voice through PBL.

Diversity drives demand for global lessons

Students join African drum circles in Virginia, debate immigration in the Bronx and participate in overseas book clubs in Minneapolis and Philadelphia. Teachers have brought these activities and others to their classrooms from a growing number of globally-focused teacher prep and professional development programs.

Celebrating Latino culture at Chicago Public Schools

Responding to the growing diversity of its students, Chicago Public Schools has launched a new curriculum focused on the cultures of Central and South America and the Caribbean. The K10 Interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American Studies Curriculum is based on the themes of culture, dignity and identity.

Peer coaching supports teachers

As school administrators are stretched thin and expectations are high, peer coaching and observation allow teachers to feel supported by their colleagues and remain invested in the wonderful art of education.

District transforms rent into innovation

Superintendent David Stegall of Newton-Conover City Schools in North Carolina had a simple idea two years ago: The fees collected when community groups rent district facilities—instead of going to the general fund—could be given to students and staff to develop innovative programs.

Clearer view of the classroom

As states try to bring new rigor and accountability to their teacher evaluation systems, digital video is emerging as one tool for standardizing and enhancing the sometimes perfunctory ritual of classroom observation.

No room for ghosts in Yonkers schools

No nonsense, persistent and protective, native son and superintendent Michael Yazurlo strives to move Yonkers, N.Y. schools from a segregated past to brighter future, and transform the culture of one of New York state's “Big 5” largest urban districts.