Great Classrooms Series

At the heart of a great school is great classrooms and educators who are responsive to the needs of every student. This video series captures some of the instructional practices that are working for students across the urban core of the Las Vegas Valley.


“No matter how the world changes or what the future looks like, students will be well served by communicating powerfully, thinking critically, and by being able to lead others.”

-David Blodgett, Principal

See instructional practices that are working for students at Nevada Prep, an East Las Vegas middle school.

The featured instructional approaches at Nevada Prep are:


To have a successful school, it starts with a good culture floor. You cannot teach in chaos.

-Alex Daniels, Principal

See instructional practices that are working for students at Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus (DPAC) Middle School, a 4-star school located in North Las Vegas.

The featured instructional approaches at DPAC Middle are:


Our goal is always going to be to prepare students for the real world and career.

-Ignacio Prado, Executive Director

See instructional practices that are working for students at Futuro Academy in East Las Vegas.

The two featured instructional approaches at Futuro Academy are:

Regardless of what students are coming in with, they know that the expectation is high, and they know that they have all the tools necessary to meet those expectations. We have that sense of urgency in the class to learn without using excuses.

Catalina Allen, 5th Grade Teacher

See instructional practices that are working for students at Helen Marie Smith, a Clark County School District Elementary School with Shining Star recognition by the state for its academic performance with all students.

The featured instructional approaches at Helen Marie Smith are:


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