Promising Practices Past Articles

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ELA Instruction

Engaging ELA instructions ignite students’ interest in reading at Southwest Dekalb High School in Georgia.

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Prevent Bullying

Learn how to spot bullying in the school building and implement anti-bullying strategies.

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Understanding the adolescent brain helps teachers develop instructional and behavioral management strategies for students.

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College Head Start

Learn how business students at Iowa’s Waverly-Shell Rock High School are jump-starting careers by earning college credits before graduation.

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Paths to Careers in IT

Industry partnerships led to an authentic curriculum from CompTIA and real-world work experiences for IT students in the Academies of Louisville.


Student Businesses

See how authentic work-based learning in simulated workplaces is helping students at West Virginia’s Mingo Central High School thrive. 

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Teach Resilience

You can’t prevent your students from suffering, but you can teach them how to harness their emotional energy to bounce back from pain.


Supportive Schools

Proactive practices give students safe, healthy ways to de-stress, reset and rejoin the classroom at Ohio’s Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School.


Manage Your Class

Explore easy-to-implement strategies to manage your classroom effectively and increase student success.


CTE and Industry 4.0

See how districts and schools in Dallas and Oklahoma are adapting their CTE programs for Industry 4.0.

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K5 Math Success

Learn how to help students get excited about math and build number sense starting in the elementary grades.

Baruti Kafele presenting at the 2019 Making Schools Work Conference.

Nurture Each Child

Renowned speaker and author Baruti Kafele shares how educators can ensure each student has equitable access to quality learning and graduates ready for further education and careers.


Rethink Discipline

Boys Town shares the pitfalls of suspensions and how to implement positive alternatives that keep more students in school, promote prosocial behaviors and achievement, and strengthen communities.


Geared for Success

Learn how Missouri’s Boonslick Technical Education Center partners with industry to embed employability skills in their curricula and increase students’ opportunities for workplace success.


Uplift Boys of Color

Young men and boys of color often experience “invisible” forms of trauma and social and emotional disadvantages — learn how to recognize their needs and build their trust.

Avocado toast prepared by Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center students as part of a problem-based learning assignment.

A Recipe for Health

Culinary, healthcare and digital technology students take on Type 2 diabetes with delicious recipes and cooking videos at West Virginia’s Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center.


CTE Data Deep Dive

Learn how educators at Ohio’s two-time Pacesetter winner Penta Career Center are using assessment data to take instruction in their CTE programs to the next level.


PBL + NASA = Success

Learn how three teams of students in the STEM Academy at Oklahoma’s Meridian Technology Center were selected as finalists in NASA’S annual HUNCH design competition.

From left to right: Katie Hennessy, ELA Teacher; Skip Fulton, Principal; Cassie Swanson, World Studies Teacher, Mapleton Middle School

No More As, Bs & Cs!

Mapleton Middle School’s standards-based grading journey has students excited about school and taking greater ownership of their learning instead of just earning a grade.


Valuing Teachers

A data-driven approach to teacher recruitment and retention is helping districts in South Carolina, Indiana and Delaware build, support and retain a diverse pool of highly effective teachers.