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Theresa Sanders

3rd Grade Teacher
in
Oakland, California

Redirecting Authority

By building an Expert Board, students can share their knowledge and skills with peers so that their classmates can ask them for help before going to a teacher. Students learn that everyone can be a teacher, and practice collaborative problem-solving.
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Keishia Blake and Danielle Rodriguez

Principal and Teacher at PS 41
in
Bronx, New York

Creative ELA

Students grow their love of reading by expressing their learning in new, creative ways.
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Amy Franks, Irene Donahue, Amy Wildey

Teachers at Peachtree Ridge High School
in
Suwanee, Georgia

Career Capstone

By designating time for students to think about their career goals, teachers can help students recognize the importance of education to their futures and make connections with local employers for potential learning opportunities outside the classroom.
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Erik Ray

4th Grade Teacher
in
Oceanside, California

Place-Based Education

Students learn to take care of their world by understanding where they live and taking action on issues related to their own communities.
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Phil Capaldi

3rd Grade Teacher
in
Jamestown, Rhode Island

The Hallway Buddy

This plush toy brings joy and learning to chaotic hallway transitions, boosting school culture in a fun, kinesthetic way. Students draw an activity card from the Hallway Buddy and perform the activity on the way to their next class.
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Jazmin A. Gonzalez

High School Teacher
in
El Paso, Texas

Promoting schools to community centers

Schools are no longer limited to housing classrooms for students but are also used as facilities for community improvement projects led by the students. Students can help bring back ownership of the spaces meant to house their education.
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Bo Adams

High School Teacher
in
Atlanta, Georgia

Curiosity journals

Getting students inspired to solve problems starts with helping them become more observant. Through curiosity journals, students can discover possible projects, sparking project-based learning opportunities, by practicing seeing.
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Sandee Bisson

K-8 teacher
in
San Francisco, California

My life by the numbers

Students who are not 'into' math often don’t feel it is relevant to their lives. How might we use metrics relevant for our students’— FitBit data, commute miles— to help them to see the ways that data is working in their daily lives?
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Alain Clapham

K-8 teacher in San Francisco
in
California

Student led ice breaker quiz: How well do you know us?

Students often feel 'subjected' to events such as Parent Teacher Conferences. This fun icebreaker aims to turn the experience on its head, by allowing students to ask questions and lead the discussion.
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