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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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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview

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Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning

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3 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections With Your Students

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Teaching Grit: Social and Emotional Truth

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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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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.

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The Roots of Violence: Getting Past the Point of No Return

With the latest school shooting at Reynolds High School, Dr. Allen Mendler suggests the only real interventions to prevent such future acts.

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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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For Effective Schools, Teamwork is Not Optional

Guest blogger Sean Glaze, a faculty team-building specialist, insists that teachers need to avoid isolation and secrecy in order to grow in their practice. He suggests that school administrations encourage and support teamwork among their staff.

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Grit Curriculum Lesson: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals
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Grit Curriculum Lesson: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Setting long-term goals is a key part of learning to be gritty. Teacher Beth Perkins helps her fifth graders evaluate their real-life goals to understand the elements that make up the best ones.

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Grit Curriculum Lesson: The Perseverance Walk
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Grit Curriculum Lesson: The Perseverance Walk

In teacher Amy Lyon’s Perseverance Walk lesson, fifth grade students have an opportunity to interview someone who has worked hard towards a long-term goal, then create and share a presentation to illustrate a life lived with grit.

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The Language of Choice and Support

For all students, especially those with mental health challenges, the language of empowerment and choice contributes significantly to an environment that helps them grow toward their goals.

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Grit Curriculum Lesson: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals
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Grit Curriculum Lesson: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Setting long-term goals is a key part of learning to be gritty. Teacher Beth Perkins helps her fifth graders evaluate their real-life goals to understand the elements that make up the best ones.

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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview
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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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Social and Emotional Learning Research Review

Numerous research reports show that social and emotional learning (SEL) can have a positive impact on students' academic performance. Edutopia's SEL research review explores those reports and helps make sense of the results.

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Making Friends With Failure

Science evangelist and Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez suggests that we make friends with failure in the academic world - because for scientists, failure is just another word for data.

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Teaching Students the ABCs of Resilience

Renee Jain, a positive psychology practitioner with a focus on SEL, discusses the ABCs of Resilience, a simple yet critical formula for helping young people overcome adversity.

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Embracing Introversion: Ways to Stimulate Reserved Students in the Classroom

Introversion doesn't need to be "overcome." Instead, it's best to recognize introverted students and offer them alternatives in the classroom, says blogger Tony Baldasaro.

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