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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Community Partnerships

Learn and share ideas about how to engage caring individuals, organizations, and businesses to help schools with resources, mentors, internships, and more.

Social Justice: A Whole-School Approach

Read about a social justice-based school that addresses larger issues as a learning community, builds curriculum around service learning, and regularly involves families.

Just Ask: Strategies for Building Community Partnerships

Whether through questionnaires to parents or networking through colleagues, you can build a resource pool from the wide range of expertise within your community.

Partner with Local Arts Organizations

Partnerships with local arts organizations can bring much-needed resources to your students without much cost, and can provide students with new outlets for creativity and ways to develop essential critical thinking and collaboration skills.

Building Community Partnerships: Resource Roundup

Explore examples and strategies for initiating and fostering successful business and community partnerships.

Using Entrepreneurship to Transform Student Work

Raleigh Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, describes a PBL unit that flipped a class from 'just good enough' to creating a working business model and seeking funds to launch a startup.

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"It's Not What's Wrong With the Children, It's What's Happened to Them"

Instead of punitive discipline that limits students' potential, we must adopt a more holistic approach and address the life circumstances that are causing their behavior.

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Just Ask: Strategies for Building Community Partnerships

Whether through questionnaires to parents or networking through colleagues, you can build a resource pool from the wide range of expertise within your community.

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Social Entrepreneurship: 7 Ways to Empower Student Changemakers

Tap into students' heartbreak to discover how they want to change the world, and the power of social media will launch them toward great accomplishments.

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Combating Experiential Deficiencies for At-Risk Students

By adding the humanities to every facet of curriculum, you can enrich the learning possibilities for students who might otherwise miss out on cultural offerings.

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Building Community Partnerships: Resource Roundup

There's no doubt that schools can benefit from the resources and expertise of local businesses, organizations, and individuals. In this roundup, explore examples and strategies for fostering successful business and community partnerships.

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Digital Citizenship: Developing a Culture of Trust and Transparency

Turning a forbidding acceptable use policy into a friendlier digital empowerment guideline can shift your school culture into a more tech-friendly place.

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Field Trip Partnerships: Student-to-Student Mentoring

On a middle school field trip to a high school, the older students instruct and inspire those who will soon join their ranks or follow in their footsteps.

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Parent Partnership in Education: Resource Roundup

Experts agree that parent involvement in education is a big predictor of student success. So where can parents begin? We've compiled a list of articles, videos, and other resources to help you engage productively with your kids' teachers and school.

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Arts Integration for Deeper Learning in Middle School
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Integrate the Arts, Deepen the Learning

Critical thinking, risk taking, and collaboration are just some of the areas where Bates Middle School educators report big improvements since integrating the arts.

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How To Start a Meditation Program in Your School

Training, consistency, and trust are keys to successfully implementing a meditation program in school.

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6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace

Guest blogger Paloma Garcia-Lopez, Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative, provides six strategies for funding a makerspace.

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Good-to-Go Projects for 2014

Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss proposes teachers start with a ready-made plan they can adapt to fit within the context of their classroom.

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Resources and Downloads for College and Career Readiness

Educators from MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio, have provided these resources and tools for integrated project-based learning, real-world experiences, and other strategies to prepare students for college and beyond.

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Integrated Studies Research Review: Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

Evidence points to seven key approaches to integrating curricula that have been shown to be effective.

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