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Productive classroom communities that demonstrate good behavior are developed, they do not happen on their own. Expect to deal with maladaptive behaviors, especially in the first weeks of school. This resource provides teachers with a suggested approach to discipline during the first few weeks of school.

This newsletter addresses student motivation and illustrates strategies that can help create a meaningful curriculum to engage middle level learners. Educators can facilitate student engagement by fostering motivation with task-oriented learning environments and teaching students that building new knowledge requires effort.

Individualized interventions created with and for students may include:

This article by Samantha Cleaver, is about teaching students with mixed abilities. It discusses the challenges and gives strategies that can help educators meet the academic and behavioral needs of all students in their classroom.

Effective learners are aware of their own behavior, thinking processes, and learning. This checklist on the self-management of learning helps individuals develop their learning skills in four areas: managing your own learning, strategies for learning, good environments for learning, and working with others.

This template helps schools identify the necessary structures and supports for educating adolescents across six dimensions: school practices & structures, physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral.

This tool helps schools identify the key characteristics across five adolescent developmental areas (social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and moral) and brainstorm how they can adapt practices to best meet the needs of their students.

Research-proven Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs

October 2007

In this article, we summarize knowledge on the health benefits of high school graduation and discuss the pathways by which graduating from high school contributes to good health. We examine strategies for reducing school dropout rates with a focus on interventions that improve school completion rates by improving students’ health.


This article discusses the use of strength-based over deficit-based approaches to address issues of youth and community development. This approach focuses on “developing that which is desired rather than preventing or treating that which is undesired—the deficit.” The article examines three main issues for evaluating strength-based approaches.

This article offers strategies to address behavior issues that can arise in the classroom. It features 10 concrete strategies educators can use to address students behavioral needs through “academic management”.

This report to the Carnegie Corporation of New York comes out of a meeting of a panel of five nationally known and respected educational researchers, with representatives of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Alliance for Excellent Education, in spring 2004.

READ 180 is a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development to raise reading achievement for struggling readers in grades 4–12+.