Use student work to improve teaching and learning

Original Physics Experiments: Illuminating Standards Video

In science classrooms across the country students are given experiments to perform; they are told what to observe and how to collect data. Even though learners may be having fun in their science classes, are they truly developing essential scientific thinking skills?


Chemistry & Conflict
Chemistry and Conflict: Illuminating Standards Video

The world is not discipline specific, so how come school is? Ask a chemist what her daily work looks like and you’ll find economics, writing, health, politics, design, and math are all integral parts of the work her lab does.


too much conversation about standards is about compliance

Illuminating Standards - One Piece of Student Work at a Time

In this post featured on Education Week's Learning Deeply blog, Steve Seidel focuses on a unique film festival showcasing impressive student work being done in American K-12 public schools.


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.


the power of models can be limitless

Catching Fire: Models of Student Work Can Spark a Chain Reaction of Deeper Learning

In this post featured on Education Week's Learning Deeply blog, Wilhelmina Peragine discusses how one exemplar EL student project inspired the creation of high quality work in two other EL schools.


A Little More Than Just People
A Little More Than Just People: Illuminating Standards Video

A Little More Than Just People is a project created by the founding eighth-grade class at Four Rivers Charter School in Greenfield, Massachusetts. In this project, students publicly recognize the contributions made by members in their town.


Get Bent
Get Bent: Illuminating Standards Video

“When life throws you a curve, sit on it.” At least this is what senior students did at High Tech High in San Diego, CA.


Water Quality
Water Quality and the Future Use of Loon Pond: Illuminating Standards Video

The Springfield Renaissance School is a unique public district school in urban Springfield, MA.


What's Out There?
What's Out There?: Illuminating Standards Video

How can curiosity engage students in their learning? How can teachers use students’ curiosity to meet the Common Core State Standards? In 2013, at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, fourth-grade students created What’s Out There, a true or false book about the universe.