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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Curriculum Planning

Looking for ways to develop dynamic, compelling, and standards-based course content and activities? This is the place to start.

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Designing Learning That Matters

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What Is Financial Literacy?

As financial literacy expands beyond balancing a checkbook to include entrepreneurship and investing, schools must begin to define and teach this critical life skill.

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6 Steps Toward Arts Integration

To integrate arts with core subjects, teachers should match a theme with a work of art, practice "close reading," create and reflect on a project, and try again.

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Creating an Artist-in-Residence Program

An artist-in-residence program can enrich educational experiences schoolwide if adequately understood by the teachers, supported by the administration, and funded by the school community.

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Transforming Schools Through Cultural Self-Reflection

Culture shapes our schools and institutions from the outside in. As educators and administrators, it is our job to understand how to align, find inspiration from, and bring critical insight to the cultural forces around us.

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Being in the business of educating, teachers are encouraged to explore as learners themselves and are celebrated for pursuing new ideas, strategies, techniques, technologies, and curriculum.

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If you're new to project-based learning, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller eases you into the approach with four suggestions to help you stay sane and begin mastering PBL.

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Resources and Downloads to Improve Student Performance

Educators from Cochrane Collegiate Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

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5 Strategies to Ensure Student Learning

After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.

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Give students a lesson in navigation -- from the points of the compass to GPS mapping.

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Explore this educator's guide to open educational resources for information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open alternatives to textbooks.

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