Teaching Outside the Box

Meaningful learning pushes boundaries with action, inquiry, and innovation.
Journey Into Dyslexia

You’ve probably taught a student with dyslexia—and were perplexed on how to help. This film shows successful adults who see their dyslexia as a unique gift.

Tales of a Beginning Teacher

Brendan Clarke reflects on his first day of teaching, and why he left the classroom to rebuild our connection with the natural world. This is Brendan’s story.

Poetry and Humane Education

Poets.org has poems galore for the poetry lover and tips to coax the reluctant teen to try a poem or two. TeachKind's free resources teach students how to respect and co-exist with animals in their communities.

Words

Radiolab and NPR’s brilliant video is more than a clever choreography of a play on words. It is a moving tribute to being alive. Keith Kennif’s beautiful music is equally lovely.

Individual and Community Resilience

What makes teenage brains unique? What happens when people from all walks of life play an alternate reality game to create a better future? Lesson plans from Inside the Teenage Brain and World Without Oil.

Americans Who Tell the Truth

Robert Shetterly's remarkable collection of portraits reminds us of the dignity, courage and importance of America's truth tellers. Here we offer curriculum tools to support the series.

2009 Brower Youth Awards

Earth Institute's Brower Awards annually recognize young people who create a project or campaign with positive environmental and social impact. Meet this year's outstanding recipients.

Service-Learning and Life Philosophies

Here are two dynamic organizations that offer your students opportunities and engaging resources to express and act on what they believe. Encourage your students to take on a service-learning project or submit a personal essay to "This I Believe."

Facing the Future

Here is a range of lessons from Facing the Future for grades K-12, including some projects for university level students.

Nurturing Creative Thinkers

In this entertaining talk, Sir Ken Robinson asserts that to get the best out of people, schools need to nurture creative thinkers rather than good workers.

Bringing Power Home

Be inspired by Malawian teenager William Kamkwamba. After being forced to drop out of school, William teaches himself how to build a windmill to bring power to his village.

Rethinking Schools

Like YES! Magazine, Rethinking Schools strives to be both visionary and practical. We are delighted to share three of many lesson plans from Rethinking Schools that get to the heart of a real-world education.

Connect and Engage: Education for the Mind & Soul

Here's a resource to connect your students' learning with their local community, culture, and environment. Also learn how knowing yourself can translate to being an even better teacher.