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We view "Smart Lists" as a chance to highlight resources, schools, and organizations doing good work in specific areas of education. Smart Lists are some of our most viewed posts. Interested in sponsoring a Smart List? Email Jessica to learn more about what we offer.


Getting Started with High School Redesign

Thinking about high school redesign? We've assembled a great reading list to get you started.  

Smart List: 22 Coding and Computer Science Resources

Fifty-four percent of students say they enjoy programming courses “a lot," but few get to spend much time on it in school. Here are some resources to help.

27 Can’t-Miss Education Conferences for 2019

Check out our 2019 list of 26 education conferences we think will be valuable opportunities for educators, district leaders, startups and policy-makers to learn and engage with each other.

60+ Education Gifts to Add to Your List

Still finishing up your holiday shopping? Well, we’re here to help! This year, give the gift of knowledge with toys and gadgets that support learning and are sure to excite youth all year long.  

15 School Districts Worth Visiting

Leading a public school district is difficult and complicated work. But done well, there is no other job that can change how a community thinks about itself, its children and its future. Here, we look at 15 districts that are changing the trajectory of both education and their communities.

70 Elementary & Middle Schools Worth Visiting

We believe school visits are the best form of professional learning. Based on a couple thousand school visits, and with help from colleagues and readers, we’ve compiled this list of elementary and middle schools that can give educators a better sense of what’s possible.

50 Resources for Makers and Creative Classrooms

If you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for new inexpensive (or better yet, free) resources that can introduce more students to STEM and maker education. Here, we share 50 good resources for anyone looking to dive in.

105 Podcasts You Should Check Out

At the start of a new school year, we think podcasts are a great way to continue learning and stay engaged. So grab your headphones or sync the bluetooth, and get ready to listen and learn--here is our list of favorite podcasts you should check out to support your learning.

101 Top School and Charter Networks

School networks are one of the most important innovations in the modern era of U.S. K-12 education. This list recognizes 101 great school networks that have achieved scaled impact to improve education for millions of children.

33 Quality Learning Platforms

Platforms can help educators accomplish a variety of challenging tasks, such as powering personal learning plans, managing assignments, supporting the development of standards-aligned projects, and more. Today we’re recognizing 33 platforms with widespread use and/or distinctive features.