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The Northeast and Islands Laboratory at Brown University.

Language Arts

Another term for English curriculum. The focus is on reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills.

learner-centered classroom

Classroom in which students are encouraged to choose their own learning goals and projects. This approach is based on the belief that students have a natural inclination to learn learn better when they work on real or authentic tasks benefit from interacting with diverse groups of people and learn best when teachers understand and value the difference in how each student learns.

Less is more

A principle built on the idea that quality is of higher importance than quantity. It is reflected in instruction that guides students to focus on fewer topics investigated in greater depth with teachers performing the task of prioritizing subjects as well as specific skills within those subjects.


Laboratory for Student Success (serves states in the Mid-Atlantic area)