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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

After-School Learning

Discover how activities and learning opportunities beyond the school day can make a difference for some kids.

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Learning the Physics of Skateboarding Engages Kids in Science

Skate veteran and educator Bill Robertson, also known as "Dr. Skateboard," teaches students who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks about speed, velocity, and momentum at the local skate park.

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5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

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Digital Youth Portrait: Dana

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Resources and Downloads for Expanded Learning Time

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Nine Boosts for Summer Learning

VideoAmy shares a playlist of videos with fun ideas to re-engage kids in their learning process during the long weeks of summer.

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Internships Offer Meaningful Real-World Learning (Is School Enough? Series)
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Internships Offer Meaningful Real-World Learning

16-year-old Noah finds purpose and learns valuable career skills working at a nonprofit two full days a week, while protecting and restoring his local watershed. Internships with deep impact are a key element at his high school, San Diego Met, part...

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Is School Enough? Exploring Interest-Driven and Informal Learning

Meet students around the country who are engaged and passionate about learning -- outside of the classroom. Explore additional resources about student engagement and passion-based learning for both parents and educators.

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How Building a Car Can Drive Deeper Learning (Is School Enough? Series)
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How Building a Car Can Drive Deeper Learning

Math used to be a struggle for 14-year-old Kathryn, until she fell in love with cars and started a hands-on project to build her own. Now the math matters and makes sense, and a whole new world of learning has opened up for her.

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Diana Rhoten on Sparking Student Interests with Informal Learning (Big Thinkers Series)
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Diana Rhoten on Sparking Student Interests with Informal Learning (Big Thinkers Series)

Sociologist and digital learning expert Diana Rhoten founded the New Youth City Learning Network to help organizations like museums and libraries design digitally-enabled learning activities built to tap into kids' interests and teach 21st-century...

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How a Longer School Day Can Improve Academics
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Expanded Learning Time Builds Positive Culture and Academic Performance

Extended learning time allows students to work together in groups to improve their skills and gives them the opportunity to explore extracurricular areas of interest.

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Special Ed Best Practices Inspire Successful Expanded Learning Time for All Students

Craig Haas, Special Ed and Student Services Coordinator at Edwards Middle School, shares how his team uses expanded learning time to provide relevant academic support to each individual student while breaking down stigmas between children of...

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The Tech Detectives: Students Take Ownership of Technology

The Tech Detectives Club provides middle school students with practical and service learning opportunities and teachers with first responders for their tech emergencies.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Fun Summer DIY Projects

Engage budding scientists and artists with this video playlist of investigative experiments, from Rion Nakaya of The Kid Should See This.

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Implementing Expanded Learning Time: Six Factors for Success

Amrita Sahni of Boston's Edwards Middle School outlines the steps taken to successfully implement their renowned Expanded Learning Time (ELT) program.

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Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture (Big Thinkers Series)
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Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture and Media Education (Big Thinkers Series)

University of Southern California media scholar Henry Jenkins describes how educators might fuel civic engagement by tapping the skills their students build in interest-driven online communities.

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Learning STEM Skills by Designing Video Games (Is School Enough? Series)
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Learning STEM Skills by Designing Video Games

Texas 10-year-old Rhys uses Gamestar Mechanic to program and create worlds to play in, learning valuable skills in science, technology, engineering, and math along the way.

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Mindfulness at School Outside the Classroom

To help students understand the power of mindfulness, consider practicing it outside of a classroom setting, whether through sports activities, wilderness programs, or retreats.

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Reaching All High School Students: A Multi-Tiered Approach
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Reaching All High School Students: A Multi-Tiered Approach

P.K. Yonge provides a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that is tailored not only to fit the increased academic demands but the unique social and emotional challenges of secondary students.

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