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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.

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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.

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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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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

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Wise Choices by Schools Improve Students’ Choices

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Establishing Real-World Connections in Projects (Keys to PBL Series Part 1)

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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

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Data Driven Design - Here's the Big Idea

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Robotics Programs Thrive in Hawaii Schools

Government agencies, businesses, and public schools collaborate to promote STEM education.

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Rural Students Reap Academic Gains from Community Service

In Fowler, California, one school district weaves farm-focused service learning throughout the curriculum.

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Students Take Action in the Community

Thousands of kids volunteer their time and energy to improve their schools and neighborhoods.

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Lesson 1: Developing Relationships

Learn how to build community partnerships and delve into the planning process.

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After-School Mentors Matter at Citizen Schools

Through the Citizen Schools program, professionals team up with public schools to create an enhanced learning community after the school day ends.

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Citizen Schools: Picking Up Performance When the School Day Ends

After-school mentors can keep middle school kids from dropping out.

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Build SF: Architecting the Next Generation of Young Professionals

The Build San Francisco model turns students into aspiring designers and architects.

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Sandy Hook and Hands of Hope: Safer Schools Within Our Reach

Guest blogger Jessica Lura discusses the Hands of Hope project, a lesson designed to commemorate the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting while starting an ongoing national conversation about school safety.

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Four Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth with Students

We’ve come a long way since June 19, 1865, the day slaves were told that Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Get classroom ideas to help celebrate this historic day.

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Risky Business: Industry Invests in Schools

With the economic future of the U.S. tied to our public education system, business leaders are scrambling to push for change.

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Me & MyCity: A Positive Prelude to Working Life

Finland's Me & MyCity program offers middle school students an intensive, day-long simulation of what it means to be a professional, consumer, and citizen.

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San Francisco Bat Kid: A Model PBL Project

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller looks at the high-profile pageant of San Francisco's Bat Kid event and sees a best-case scenario for both project-based learning and service learning.

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HACKtivate ED: A Model for Collaborative Problem Solving

Guest blogger Bryan Kitch of Activate-Ed describes the remarkable hackathon model, in which educators and ed tech developers put in 24 hours inventing solutions for a set of district-wide data and communication challenges.

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Biotech Academy: Challenging Assumptions and Changing Lives

This school-within-a-school puts the emphasis on academics and a future career.

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