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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Home-to-School Connections
Educating Parents About Education

By Tom Whitby

Many parents today have an educational perspective based on 20th century pedagogy and methodology. Teachers need to educate them about where education is now.

By Stacey Goodman

Do you read for pleasure in front of your students? If not, here's why you should start.

By Megan Kinsey

Teachers in blended learning programs should take the opportunity to learn and lead -- your ideas and observations are worth hearing and acting upon.

By Ben Johnson

Providing high-quality professional development for teachers may be the most important thing schools can do to improve students learning.

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By David Hochheiser

It's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.

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By Suzie Boss

Check out how John Hattie's research is demystifying what works in education and how this relates to project-based learning.

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By Elena Aguilar

Blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that teachers make positive phone calls home common practice.

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By Todd Finley

The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.

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By Maurice Elias

Three activities teachers can use to help students -- especially those who had a rough summer or struggle academically -- get the school year off to a fresh start.

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By Gerald Aungst

Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels is a system that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.

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By Todd Finley

As the number of English-language learners grows, teachers must focus on the most essential content and most efficient delivery of instruction.

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Teaching Strategies
Academic Sponge Activities

By Todd Finley

A "sponge activity" is a lesson soaking up precious time that would otherwise be lost. Hint: it should be fun as well as educational.

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By Todd Finley

For students to ask questions, teachers have to start the ball rolling with questions of their own. Check your own methods and discover new resources.

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By Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Back to School Night is often the first interaction a teacher has with parents and guardians. Here's a helpful checklist for educators of five must-haves for this special night.

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