Use student work to improve teaching and learning

A Rainbow of Religion- Illuminating Standards Video

A short film on 8th graders who publish a book of monologues from community religious leaders, combining deep thinking, writing, and social studies. 


One reason that others avoid this topic is that it is messy

Quality Work Protocol

When schools regularly engage in the difficult process of working together to define, recognize, and analyze quality work, the results are positive and powerful. This set of resources includes everything a school needs to run a full Quality Work Protocol.


Part 3 of Inspiring Excellence: Building Motivation and Skills through Independent Research

Second graders are motivated to conduct independent research using texts and citing their work. 


Six Words
Six-Word Memoir Self-Portraits - Illuminating Standards Video

According to education researcher, Camille Farrington (2013), a strong correlation exists between success in school and students having these four academic mindsets: 1) I belong in this academic community; 2) I can succeed at this; 3) My ability and competence grow with my effort; and 4) This wor


Our Presumpscot School Community- Illuminating Standards Video

A short film on kindergarteners interviewing school staff to learn the meaning of community.



What would work look like if it met standards, beautifully?

Models of Excellence: Ron Berger Explores What Standards Really Look Like

In this post featured on Education Week's Learning Deeply blog, Ron Berger, Chief Academic Officer at EL, explores what it means to meet educational standards with beautiful, quality student work.


Part 4 of Inspiring Excellence: Using Models and Critiques to Create Works of Quality

Second graders engage in critique and revision to produce high quality work. 


Acts of Courage
Small Acts of Courage: Illuminating Standards Video

How can rich learning experiences become the evidence that we value in education? At King Middle School in Portland, Maine, students demonstrate evidence of their learning by creating powerful projects that benefit their community.


Perspectives of San Diego Bay- Illuminating Standards Video

A short film with students working as scientists and authors to create a sophisticated, professional-quality field guide.