Facebook
Edutopia on Facebook
Twitter
Edutopia on Twitter
Google+
Edutopia on Google+
Pinterest
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Education Trends

What needs are emerging and being identified? How are forward-thinking educators meeting them? Follow the early adopters here.

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share
Four children climbing on a play structure

Whole Child Development Is Undervalued

Desire to learn and effective experimentation characterize the whole child approach, requiring a whole culture to extend these conditions into schooling and adult life.

Student listening to a man explain something at the computer in an architect's office

What Is Personalization, Really?

Personalized learning means student agency, defining curriculum by real-life skills, defining learning expectations, encouraging self-knowledge, and teachers getting to know their students as people.

Three boys working together around a table

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.

The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations

Research shows that positive expectations will influence performance positively. Start modeling excellence, celebrating small victories, and refusing to accept failure -- and watch what happens.

Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Here are six ways to prepare students for their future, including the ability to collaborate, evaluate information accuracy, and make every day a learning experience.

Discuss

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Last comment 2 days 18 hours ago
76 71,727 293,555 views

Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

Last comment 1 week 8 hours ago
6 1,127 10,767 views

Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

Last comment 2 weeks 12 hours ago
4 1,287 12,424 views

Technology: A Connector of People and Ideas

Thu, 11/09/2006 - 17:21
1 2,079 views

Reclaiming the Virtues of Teaching

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:00
2 2,049 views

Edcamps: The New Professional Development

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:00
1 2,610 views

Browse

A photo of a female teacher working with an elementary-school girl.
blog

What's the Point of Assessment?

For meaningful, effective assessment, teachers must clarify expectations, differentiate to ensure student success, and make the test less of a statement about their teaching.

5 510 9,318 views
A photo of an elementary-school boy sitting at the lunch table eating an apple.
blog

A Delectable and Academically Integrated School Lunch?

NYC's Calhoun School serves healthy lunches that are educational, affordable, and eagerly anticipated by students. Their lead chef also describes how the program is scalable.

512 2,903 views
A photo of 2 elementary-school boys doing research on laptops.
blog

Open Educational Resources Meet Instructional Design

To find the best OER, consider the skills you're teaching, how content aligns with standards, ease of assessment, and whether you'll provide an active, creative experience.

365 3,940 views
A photo of an adult's hands using an iPad to work on a project.
blog

Taking Charge: 5 Key Strategies for DIY PD

Educators create their own professional development opportunities with the many resources available via social media, bringing their admins on board with this new model.

3 669 5,806 views
A photo of a young boy kneeling on a giant map of the world.
blog

8 Pathways to Every Student's Success

Welcome to our blog series on how to apply the principles of positive youth development: curiosity, sociability, resilience, self-awareness, integrity, resourcefulness, creativity, and empathy.

7 11,763 75,876 views
A photo of an elementary-school girl creating a model with colorful sticks.
blog

Meshing GBL With PBL: Can It Work?

When planning a PBL unit, use GBL elements to teach 21st-century skills, as a modality for lesson content, to differentiate instruction, or with games as products.

1 1,104 13,045 views
A photo of an adult on a laptop, with icons to various apps on the screen.
blog

8 Free Apps and Web Tools for Staying Organized in the New Year

The human brain can organize only so much data. Tools like 30/30, Pocket, and Sunrise can boost your ability to stay informed, connected, and on time.

7 3,108 31,097 views

Pages

blog

4 Tools to Help You Go Paperless This Year

Your teaching practice doesn't have to generate stacks of paper. Evernote, Noteshelf, Doxie, and Google Drive can help you save frustration and trees.

7 693 15,530 views
Media Smarts: Kids Learn How to Navigate the Multimedia World
video

Media Smarts: Kids Learn How to Navigate the Multimedia World

Teachers are discovering the value of imparting media-literacy skills, from critical analysis of news programs, commercials, and films to basic design and video-production techniques.

22 55 15,530 views
blog

How to Make Consequences Work

Blogger and author Richard Curwin looks at the use of consequences as a disciplinary method, and suggests a few ways to make them more effective.

8 469 15,323 views
Four young students are sitting around a classroom table building a contraption out of legos and wires. It looks like it might be able to move prompted by technology.
blog

Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing

As a model for reframing methods and outcomes, design thinking reconnects educators to their creativity and aspirations for helping students develop as deep thinkers and doers.  

3 2,382 15,116 views
Rigorous Project-Based Learning Transforms AP Courses
video

Rigorous Project-Based Learning Transforms AP Courses

Through a project called Knowledge in Action, researchers at the University of Washington have been exploring whether project-based learning can help high school students with diverse learning styles understand content more deeply in advanced placement...

1 236 15,116 views
blog

Common Core Big Idea Series 2: The Standards Are Not Curriculum

In this second of a five-part series, educators Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins note that educators will be called on to translate the Common Core standards into curriculum.

2 257 15,116 views
blog

School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

While libraries and makerspaces are both interdisciplinary, resource-filled places of informal learning, each serves distinct purposes for enriching student experience and school culture.

12 1,355 14,909 views

Pages

Join the movement for change