Our SEL Journey

One school’s approach to rethinking advisory From our first days on campus, it was clear that the school had once been committed to an advisory program. There were dusty advisory binders in the corners of classrooms, and many teachers remained passionate about the aims and some features of the program, but it no longer had

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Throw Out Your History Textbook

A case for primary source analysis. Jay Leno: Debbie, where you from? Debbie: South. South San Francisco. Jay Leno: South San Francisco. OK, and you’re a citizen of the United States? Debbie: I sure am. Jay Leno: Born here? Debbie: Sure was. Jay Leno: What country did we fight in the Revolutionary War? Debbie: [Pause] France. Jay Leno: What does the Emancipation Proclamation mean What

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Educators and Law Enforcement: Teaming for Character Education

Students often stop to speak to their school’s resource officer (SRO) as she walks the halls of Pine Ridge Middle School in Naples, Florida. Seventh graders routinely ask Corporal Sandra Sprenger of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, “When is our next ethics class?” Their enthusiasm for the mini-course, Ethics for Young Adults, is shared by members

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After-Reading Response: Taking Readers Back to the Book & Sharing What We Read

Returning to the text invites deeper learning and understanding Much of the writing we assign our students is public writing—writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing, writing that helps students increase comprehension of texts—fiction and nonfiction—in all disciplines. Reader response compels readers to interact with the text and makes visible for readers and

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