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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.

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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.

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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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Success Spoken Here: Preparing Citizens of the World
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Success Spoken Here: Preparing Citizens of the World

For more than 12 years, Seattle's John Stanford International School has been a model for international schools, immersing its elementary students in global awareness and achieving academically as well.

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The UrbanPlan Project-Learning Program Builds Business Skills

Fighting urban blight with teenage might.

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Internships Build A Passion for Learning at The Met
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Internships Build A Passion for Learning at The Met

Grounded in the philosophy of educating one student at a time, the Met uses internships to promote and create unique personalized education programs for each student.

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Teaching Kids to Pursue Their Dreams -- and More

Students cross the bridge from school to career at MetWest.

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Technology Empowers Student Fieldwork
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Technology Empowers Student Fieldwork

Fourth-grade students make meaningful contributions to science through the nationwide NatureMapping program.

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Creating Classrooms: It Takes a Village -- and a Museum

Combine a school, a museum, and a global corporation, and you get a learning environment like no other.

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A Community Collaborates to Focus on Literacy for English Language Learners (ELL)
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A Community Collaborates to Focus on Literacy for English Language Learners

C.P. Squires Elementary School harnesses parents, businesspeople, and retirees for academic and financial support and to staff after-school programs.

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Introducing Students to the World of Work

Edutopia senior editor Betty Ray showcases a video that demonstrates one middle school and one elementary school project, both of which give students meaningful insights into the world of work, and the skills needed to thrive there.

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A Year at Mission Hill: Like a Family and Behind the Scenes

A Year at Mission Hill is a video documentary series that covers the transformation of one inner city elementary school in Boston. In Chapters Six and Seven, we learn how teachers create community with the students, the parents, and each other.

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Working to Learn, Learning to Work: Let's Get Businesses to Better Support Our Schools

Businesses need to get involved with local schools to help students understand what will be expected of them professionally after graduation.

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Another Person's World: Ed Reform Through True Understanding

Professor of education Lori Desuatels shares a thoughtful, compelling meditation on her recent experience of truly looking inside the world of the underprivileged and underserved.

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Creating Classrooms: It Takes a Village -- and a Museum

Combine a school, a museum, and a global corporation, and you get a learning environment like no other.

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Bringing Parents and Guardians into Your PBL Projects

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller offers a few strategies for involving parents and guardians in PBL projects, whether as content experts or public audience members.

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Teaching Kids to Pursue Their Dreams -- and More

Students cross the bridge from school to career at MetWest.

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