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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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Middle School Maker Journey: Preparing for the Capstones

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Myths That Undermine Parent Involvement

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Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant

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Garden-Based Learning: Engaging Students in Their Environment

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Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom

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Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant

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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

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Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant
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Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant

At Hood River Middle School, local experts make student learning come to life.

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Hood River Middle School: A Resource for Hood River County

Turn your school into a community hub by making your facilities publicly available, letting your community know about it, and creating partnerships with those who rent your school spaces.

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Middle School Maker Journey: Preparing for the Capstones

In part nine of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett details four culminating, integrative, real-world design projects that will conclude the first year of his middle-school makerspace.

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Myths That Undermine Parent Involvement

Parents can partner effectively in their children's educational success by supporting home learning, establishing constructive dialogue with educators and policy makers, and shining as individuals within their community.

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WebSLAM: Real-World Problem Solving With Civic Focus

Using the hackathon model as an after-school club, you can train students in the real-world approaches and best practices required in creating websites for nonprofits.

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Transforming Unused School Spaces Into Something Amazing

With staff vision and student and community engagement, turn the unused or under-used areas of your school buildings or grounds into gardens, labs, and makerspaces.

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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

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5 Ways to Stop Bullying and Move into Action

Becki Cohn-Vargas, Director of Not In Our School, presents five ways to empower and motivate young people to turn a climate of bullying into one of safety and acceptance.

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The Importance of Community Involvement in Schools

Family and community involvement play essential roles in the success of schools, explains blogger Anne O'Brien.

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Remake Your Class: Building a Collaborative Learning Environment (Video Playlist)

Watch a determined middle school teacher transform his crowded classroom space to enable deeper learning and effective teamwork -- with help from his students, community volunteers, and a few experts.

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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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"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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Design Thinking: Lessons for the Classroom

Edutopia community manager Betty Ray presents a simple yet elegant strategy to bring real-world thinking into the classroom.

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