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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Back to School

It's a brand-new year, chock-full of new opportunities! Gear up with strategies, tools, and resources for heading back to school.

Back to School Night: The Ultimate Conversation Starter for a Successful School Year

When establishing that first contact with parents on Back to School Night, start the year right by being transparent, direct, and consistent.

A Checklist for Back to School Night

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

New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect

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.

Back to School: Rules and Routines in the Classroom

As the school year begins, it's important for teachers to remember the difference between rules and routines in the classroom.

8 Weeks of Free Teacher Resources for Back to School

All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference. Check back weekly for updates!

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Start the Year Strong Sweepstakes

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7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

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Back to School: Teaching with Authenticity

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The First 5s with iPads

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Four Ways to Maximize Back to School Night

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Rolling Out the Red Carpet Year Round

For students to feel comfortable and ready to excel, they need a welcoming school culture that honors their feelings and celebrates their strengths.

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Back to School: Rules and Routines in the Classroom

As the school year begins, it's important for teachers to remember the difference between rules and routines in the classroom.

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Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom-Management Tips

In the first of two excerpts from his latest book, teacher and blogger Larry Ferlazzo offers some classroom-management tips that are positive, not punitive.

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The Art of Managing Middle School Students

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson offers up tricks of the trade for managing middle school kids.

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Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

Check out these important strategies for creating an inclusive learning space that also challenges students with rigorous thinking and projects.

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A Checklist for Back to School Night

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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Meeting the Needs of All Students: A First Step

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar encourages teachers to confront their own biases so they connect more deeply with each child in their classrooms.

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Teachers: Five Ways to Ease Back into School

Does the thought of returning to school result in a tense knot in your stomach or a joyful flutter in your heart? Strategies to manage those feelings, focus on the possibilities, and ease back into the rhythm of teaching.

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7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

Seven questions teachers can ask parents at the start of the year with the intention of building a partnership to support their child's learning.

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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

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

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Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces

From innovative, intelligent seating arrangements to relevant, engaging bulletin boards, your students deserve a classroom space that stimulates and facilitates their learning.

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7-Step Prep: Make a Weekly Plan for YOU!

Advance planning is essential for a week of effective teaching, yet the most effective planning system will let you incorporate and track those on-the-fly changes.

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A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips suggests that a critical piece of student learning is the physical environment of the classroom itself. He offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning.

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New Study: Engage Kids With 7x the Effect

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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