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How PBL Transforms the Classroom into the ‘Real World’

Relating classroom lessons to real life helps students at any level connect with the content and interpret it in a way they are able to understand.

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The Path to a STEM Job Starts in Elementary School

When you think of STEM, it’s likely you think of science, technology, engineering, and math, all rolled into one. At Kankakee Schools in Illinois, our STEM program aims to do a lot more than teach four topics: We want our students to apply what they learn in real-life settings.

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Principals: The lessons we learned in 2016

The best educational leaders are lifelong learners. They are constantly expanding their knowledge, refining their skills, and looking for creative ways to help kids learn. As these four principals look back at 2016, they recall the most important ed tech lesson they learned this year—and look forward to inspiring their staff and students anew in 2017.

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Superintendents: The lessons we learned in 2016

As 2016 drew to a close, we asked educators in variety of positions to reflect on what they have learned this year. Here, a quartet of superintendents offer thoughts on leadership, PBL, and the challenges of turning around schools and districts.

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Defined STEM Helps 4-H Clubs Grow Independent Learners

Even with a century of history behind it, today’s 4-H clubs are strikingly modern. Sure, there’s still a commitment to learning about agriculture, and participating in county fairs remain a club staple. But these days, 4-H students are spending a lot of their time focused on areas like civics, sustainable living, technology, and leadership skills—and they’re doing it largely on their own.

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Illinois district begins college, career thinking in kindergarten

Kankakee School District Superintendent Genevra Walters spearheaded a shift to a focus on college and career prep starting in kindergarten for her Illinois students, and math scores have already jumped as a result.

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7 Ways to Maximize Student Engagement

Here are a few ideas and best practices from teachers and administrators across the nation that can help maintain that “first day of school” level of engagement all year long.

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Project-Based Learning Tied to Improved Problem-Solving Skills

Elementary school students in Illinois whose teachers used a project-based-learning curriculum had stronger scores on a math test that measured problem solving than their peers from more-traditional science classes.

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School Board Discusses Success with STEM Project-Based Resource

The monthly academic spotlight at Monday’s LeRoy School Board meeting focused on STEM education and a specific program used to augment classroom discussion.

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I made my classroom look like the real-world—and test scores soared

Just like in the real world, my students show what they can do through projects, teamwork, and research. Is it working? Well, according to state science exams, my students consistently score higher than other science classes in my district.

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