Use student work to improve teaching and learning

Eye of the Storm
The Eye of the Storm Learning Expedition: Illuminating Standards Video

The class of 2015 at Casco Bay High School for Expeditionary Learning in Portland, ME focused their junior year’s work on climate change. In the fall, they studied both the chemistry and the policy.


The Human Face of Human Rights- Illuminating Standards Video

A short film about 10th grade students using interviews, writing, and photography to showcase the courage of international refugees. 


Critique Lesson
The Role of the Teacher in a Critique Lesson

Five key pieces of advice for teachers when facilitating a critique lesson.


The Facilitator's Book of Questions: Tools for Looking Together at Student and Teacher Work

This book provides guidance for using protocols when looking at student work. 


Food For Thought
Food for Thought: Illuminating Standards Video

Why does learning in schools so rarely change the way students live their lives? Why does school seem to be so disconnected from the way the world really works? What if a science project could make this different?


Part 1 of Inspiring Excellence: Overview

Introductory video in the set of six that document a learning expedition and practices that result in remarkable work


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Protocol for Watching Illuminating Standards Videos

Use this protocol with the Illuminating Standards videos to promote thoughtful conversation.



Ron Berger
How to Use the Resource Section

This short orientation video gives our users basic tools to navigate our resource section with ease. Not sure where to start? Need some context and guidance with finding resources?


Character File of Autumn Helena Washington Hawn - Illuminating Standards Video

Short film about a 6th grader's creation of a realistic fictional life history that provides a deep, real-world immersion into Deaf culture.