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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Diversity

Find resources to help build an inclusive school community for students from different cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds and for children with unique instructional needs.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Talking About Race and Stereotypes

The most important conversations are often also the most difficult to have! Learn how to start a constructive dialogue about race in your classroom with these tips and tricks.

3 Strategies for Authentic Race, Class, and Gender Discussions

When discussing potentially divisive issues, create an environment that supports agreement, guide the conversation with thoughtful questions, and actively listen to what others say.

Is Lecturing Culturally Biased?

Studies suggest that replacing the lecture-hall model with an active learning model can help close the achievement gap between students of different cultural backgrounds.

Preparing for Diversity: Resources for Teachers

How can teachers prepare for diverse classrooms? There isn't a definitive answer, but there is a wealth of resources online. Here, blogger Matt Davis rounds up some helpful links for teachers.

Silence is Not Golden: Speaking Up and Coming Out as a Teacher

Recalling his reaction to student hate messages, guest blogger Chris Friend considers how he could have reframed the incident as a teachable moment, and how 'coming out' can be a valuable model for identity issues.

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How SEL Can Help Students Gain a Multicultural Perspective

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How to Become a Socially Inclusive School

Dr. Maurice Elias offers up eight suggestions for creating a school that is more socially inclusive of special education students.

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A Truly Socially Inclusive School Benefits Everyone

Dr. Maurice Elias highlights Project UNIFY, a program that brings differently-abled students together in various forms of shared activities and purposes.

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Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill

Guest blogger Joe Hirsch, teacher leader and curriculum developer, describes the jigsaw method of cooperative learning and how it naturally builds empathy as students rely on each other to share pieces of a bigger picture.

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The American Promise to Our Young Students

Edutopia blogger Jose Vilson reflects on the film 'American Promise' and suggests that, to advance diversity in U.S. schools, we need regular gestures of support, involvement and check in with students from outside the cultural mainstream.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Kids about Global Poverty

Teaching your students about poverty and hunger can be a powerful experience for them. VideoAmy shares a series of videos that explore the issues encountered by four college students who lived on one dollar per day in Guatemala.

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Bullying: In the Trenches, We Can't Wait for a Definition

Guest blogger Becki Cohn-Vargas, Director of Not In Our School, likes that researchers and lawmakers are seeking to define bullying, but she stresses that we must continue preventing it even as we wait for a definition.

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Keep Bullying on the Front Burner

Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler notes that bullying seems to become a front-burner issue only when it results in tragedy. He suggests three schoolwide initiatives to raise awareness about and ultimately prevent bullying.

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Welcoming Immigrant Students Into the Classroom

Since all immigrant children are guaranteed K-12 access under U.S. law, let's build relationships with students and their families, as well as relevant, inclusive curriculum.

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Closing the Achievement Gap One Student at a Time

Poverty is a huge factor affecting the performance of our elementary students. Schools, districts and states with a high percentage of low-income families can reasonably cite poverty as one explanation for lower test scores or poor performance in other...

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6 Edtech Tools for Black History Month

Tools like More Than a Mapp and Digital Backpack Classroom let students access archives, galleries, and databases during and beyond Black History Month.

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How College-Bound Students of Color Should Prepare for Life in a Predominantly White Campus

Blogger Danielle Moss Lee discusses the cultural assumptions that students of color might face on a predominantly white college campus.

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How to Provide Guidance to First Generation College-Bound Students

Dr. Danielle Moss Lee continues her series about helping young African-Americans attend and succeed in college with a look at the families of first generation college-bound students.

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Keep Bullying on the Front Burner

Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler notes that bullying seems to become a front-burner issue only when it results in tragedy. He suggests three schoolwide initiatives to raise awareness about and ultimately prevent bullying.

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Knowledge in Action Research: Student Demographics

The Knowledge in Action Project was first introduced Bellevue, WA, and continues to expand into the Des Moines Public Schools in Iowa, the Envision Charter Network in San Francisco, and Seattle Public Schools.

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