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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation
A young girl is sitting on the floor against a bookshelf. Barrel-like desks are across from her with laptops on top of them.
By Rebecca Alber

Here are five reasons to motivate students to read more. One reason: Reading makes you smarter and a better writer. 

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Two young boys in shorts are standing on a beach shoreline.

Social and Emotional Learning
When Words Aren't Necessary

By Jon Harper

Students who don't share the same language can still connect when given time, space and freedom to explore their passions and strengths through art and play.

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A young girl is standing at the front of a classroom holding a collage that represents the life cycle of a butterfly. She's presenting on it to her class.
By Ben Johnson

The Rule of Three for learning establishes the requirement that students be given the opportunity to learn something at least three times before they are expected to know it and apply it.

4 2,222 views
A man is sitting in an abandoned building with graffiti on the cement walls and benches.
By Mark Phillips

A play-within-a-documentary recasts Shakespeare's timeless romantic tragedy as a celebration of life and art for disadvantaged young people coping with the daily threat of gun violence.

182 views
Six preteen students are standing on their classroom desks, smiling, and one student is sitting.
By Brian Kulak

A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie.

2 10,363 views
In the middle of a classroom, a group of high school students are sitting in chairs in a circle, talking to each other.
By Ellen Shelton

By separating heated rhetoric from effective argument styles, today's young writers and thinkers examine the national political debate as their first step toward becoming tomorrow's voters.

211 928 views
A person's legs are crossed over each other wearing boots relaxing on a rock cliff looking over a cloudy sky. Collaged on the image are a parent and baby penguin cuddling on the rocks, and a moon and large sunflower in the sky.
By Jeffrey Pflaum

Turn your students into poets by inspiring them to free-write about their inner world, introducing them to the rhythms of poetry, and prompting them with images and possible titles.

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A large, studentless classroom, with large blue bouncy balls, sofa chairs, folding chairs, a tent, crates, mats, and other unique furniture.
By Kayla Delzer

Flexible classroom seating invites collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking by helping students manage their physical energy and comfort as they learn on their own terms.

12 6,493 55,463 views
Superhero image featuring the letter "T"

In preparation for National Teacher Appreciation Month in May, Edutopia has collected tips and ideas for parents looking for the right way to tell educators, “Thank you.”

1 6,807 37,353 views
A closeup of a high school girl sitting at a purple desk. She's writing, looking down at her paper. Other students are sitting behind her, slightly blurred.
By Todd Finley

Emphasize the obvious, keep things fresh, and be honest. Showing students that it pays to behave and respecting them as individuals greatly enhance classroom management.

12 3,356 33,605 views
A group of adults are sitting among four tables, six to a table, in a library. Paper plates, popcorn bags, soda, and water bottles are on top of their tables, alongside open binders. A female adult is standing in front of everyone, addressing them.

Edcamps
Why Edcamp?

By Kristen Swanson

Edcamps are informal sessions by and for teachers, where anyone can present, and the focus is on collaboration and connections, group expertise, tech tools, and instructional design.

11 996 18,964 views
A closeup of a large group of young, black kids smiling, sitting in bleachers in a multipurpose room
By Andrea Hernandez

Modeled on student-led conferences, teacher-led evaluations support teachers as learners, motivate risk taking, and recognize the necessity for personalization.

13 4,279 17,658 views
A group of young students are sitting in a classroom looking towards an adult male. At the front of the class, the wall is yellow. A red and white stop sign is hanging on the wall next to another sign that says, "yield to pedestrian in crosswalk."
By Ellie Cowen

Nonverbals are gestural cues that can help students quickly and respectfully communicate their reactions, needs, and levels of understanding in a fast-paced classroom.

8 14,778 views

Organizing an Edcamp? Kristen Swanson, chair of the Edcamp Foundation Partner Program, has curated resources from Edutopia and across the web to help you on your journey.

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