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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Mental Health

Find compassionate perspectives and evidence-based strategies to foster school environments that promote psychological well-being and support students experiencing behavioral, emotional, or social challenges.

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Supporting Grieving Students

It's important for educators to reach out to grieving students. Here's some guidance and resources to support this difficult task.

Can Stress Help Students?

Stress might not always be the enemy. Research shows that positive stress can strengthen the immune system, enhance memory and learning, and improve decision-making skills.

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.

Creating an Emotionally Healthy Classroom Environment

Making students feel safe and earning their trust are critical elements for turning your classroom into an emotionally healthy environment.

Helping Students With Identity Secrets

Rick Curwin takes a compassionate look at students living with identity secrets, and proposes three steps toward creating a culture of acceptance.

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In Their Own Words: Teachers Bullied by Colleagues

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Teaching Grit: Social and Emotional Truth

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Schools Confront Teen Suicide

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Teaching Grit: Social and Emotional Truth

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Restoring Hope and Faith in Humanity

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Schools Confront Teen Suicide

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Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School

Discover websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing bullying and harassment.

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Into the Wilderness: Expanding the Lives of Kids

Our relationship with nature is essential to who we are, which is why wilderness experiences are (or should be) part of every young person's education.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Are We Addicted to Technology?

Can't put down your device? Obsessing over social media? You may want to dig in to this playlist of videos and resources to help us all reflect on our relationship with technology.

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The Research Behind Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning gives kids a variety of tools to help them succeed, including a boost in motivation to learn, more time spent on homework, and increased test scores.

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Bored? Good, You'll Be More Creative

Nobody likes boredom, yet research has shown that restless, wandering minds are capable of greater creativity than those bombarded by data and enmeshed in multitasking.

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.

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From Selfies to Service: The Power of Civic Engagement

As Millennials feel driven to succeed while struggling with self-esteem, switching the focus to civic engagement can bring them perspective and purpose.

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Activities to Build Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students

Filmmaker and blogger Randy Taran identifies "happiness skills" and suggests that we start teaching them at a young age.

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In Their Own Words: Teachers Bullied by Colleagues

Educator and blogger Todd Finley, in the first of two parts, shares the uncomfortable stories of teachers who experience bullying at the hands of their own colleagues.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

In Part 7 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran offers suggestions and examples for cultivating empathy in schools.

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Your Face Scares Me: Understanding the Hyperrational Adolescent Brain

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explores the power and purpose of the teenage brain, discovering surprises such as low dopamine levels, abundant of hyperrationality, and how adults can enable teen impulse by subtly redirecting it.

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How to Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain: Tips from a Neurologist

Blogger Judy Willis provides a neurobiological perspective on why burnout happens, and, even more importantly, how to reverse the pattern.

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Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup

Explore a curated collection of videos, interviews, and articles from around the web for adults looking to build resilience and grit in young people.

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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview

In school districts from New Haven to Anchorage, social and emotional skills are being taught and assessed just like skills in math and reading.

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