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How Minecraft Supports Social and Emotional Learning in K–12 Education

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Many K-12 educators have enthusiastically embraced gaming as a means for building SEL skills, and Minecraft is one of the most popular options. In this publication, we explore the potential connections between classroom use of Minecraft and K-12 students’ SEL outcomes.

How Gaming Can Encourage Social and Emotional Learning

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A teacher, school admin and PBL expert share strategies and insights about how gaming can actually boost social and emotional outcomes for students.

Design Thinking: Teaching the Importance of Empathy in Business

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By: Mary Ruskey and Lori Aument. After learning about Design Thinking, we thought the method would naturally fit into the curriculum for the business course we teach to 10th and 11th graders. Here, we reflect on our results after two years.

Superlatives in Innovative High Schools

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"Best Hair." "Best Couple." "Most Popular." Are these the best traits that innovative high schools can teach their students to value? In this post, I look at a few options that encourage grit, persistence and integrity, among other 21st-century skills.

The Power of a Network: Living Bridges Driving Purpose

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By: Corey Mohn. What can solve that age-old challenge in education known as "senioritis?" What can increase engagement while better preparing students not just for college, or even career, but for life? This district had a wild idea, and it worked.

Getting At-Risk Students on a Path to College

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By: Dennis Pierce. Guilford County’s early & middle college programs are helping even struggling students graduate with college credit. Here, I look at how their program is designed.

Better Off with a Benefit Mindset

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By: Ash Buchanan. We all know how important learning mindsets are at promoting student performance. But what happens when we think outside the box and consider student’s potential to lead and make a meaningful difference in our world?

Creating Reliable Hope in the Face of Rural Poverty

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ForwARd Arkansas is taking on learning inequity challenges in rural areas of the state by convening and supporting a group of school districts with the goal of helping every Arkansas student graduate prepared for success in college and the workplace.

An Integrated Approach to Academic and Social Supports

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In our latest publication, Tom Vander Ark and Mary Ryerse make the case for college readiness, relay the story of the academic and social-support-driven AVID program, and illustrate how partnerships can enhance college, career and life readiness initiatives.

Supporting Student Agency of SEL

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By: Jessica Berlinski. Let's support students in owning their own SEL by providing them with the tools they need to develop agency. Here are two unique programs that represent powerful methods for building SEL agency for future career and life success.

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