Youth Participatory Action Research Hub

This site features a curriculum to empower students to begin Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR). Through YPAR young people are trained to conduct systematic research to improve their their communities and the institutions intended to serve them. The YPAR Hub, a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco Peer Resources, houses the… Read More ›

Measuring SEL

This collection of resources can help schools, districts, and states determine how to measure students’ social emotional learning (SEL). Compiled by the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI), a partnership between WestEd and the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CRESST), it includes overviews of relevant ESSA regulations, links to guiding documents, and a… Read More ›

National Action Civics Collaborative

The National Action Civics Collaborative (NACC) brings together a group of diverse education and youth serving organizations committed to advancing action civics, a project-based authentic way to empower students to get engaged in their schools and communities. Designed for teachers and community-based educators, the NACC site provides an overview of the approach, powerful stories of… Read More ›

Amplifying Student Voice

This website was designed to introduce educators to action civics. Action civics projects empower youth to become agents of change in their schools or communities. They learn to identify issues important to them and develop evidence-based arguments to influence public policy. This website is full of practical tools for school and community-based educators. Teachers can… Read More ›

Assessments Can Support, Not Just Measure, Student Learning

This article looks at the work being done by The Assessment for Learning Project to recognize assessment as a positive part of the learning process. The initiative, which has  awarded grants to 17 teams of education leaders at the school, district and state levels; advocates assessment systems that empower students, lead to greater equity and… Read More ›

The Better Math Teaching Network

The Better Math Teaching Network is a group of  researchers and practitioners looking to transform high school math instruction to become more student-centered. The network is committed to changing math instruction and professional development for math teachers. For a glimpse of the network in action, this article in MindShift discusses how algebra teachers in the network are using improvement… Read More ›

Center on Technology and Disability

The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. These technologies have the potential to help youth with disabilities better access the general educational curriculum,… Read More ›

The Opportunity Myth

This report showcases the findings from a large study conducted by The New Teacher Project (TNTP) in an effort to answer the question, “How can so many students be graduating from high school unprepared to meet their goals for college and careers?”. TNTP partnered with five diverse school systems, rural and urban, district and charter, to listen… Read More ›

Cult of Pedagogy

This website, created by an ELA teacher and pre-service professor, is dedicated to creating a community of teachers to support each others efforts to improve practice. It features a blog, podcast, videos, and online pd. The blog, which is the main focus of the site, can be searched by topic area or explored through three sections:… Read More ›

The Learning Portfolio Project

This website documents a pilot program in which Dream Yard Preparatory School in NYC partnered with Parsons School for Design to roll out the use of Learning Portfolios with students. The “Our Progress” page provides a nice overview of how the teachers learned to use this assessment tool and support students. The “Portfolios” page provides… Read More ›

Top Picks: Student Portfolio Apps and Websites

This list from Common Sense Education highlights 17 tools for creating digital student portfolios. Portfolios allow teachers to assess student learning and students to track their own progress. These tech tools offer students virtual binders, folders, web pages, and galleries for collecting everything from text to video. Teachers can easily browse through and access student… Read More ›

Character Lab

Character Lab is a nonprofit organization founded to research and create new ways to help all students develop character. While research suggests character is important to academic and life success, little is known about cultivating it. This site includes links to several playbooks with lesson plans, videos, and activities to help students learn character-building strategies… Read More ›