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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Mental Health

Life in the 21st century is exciting but also stressful. Discover and share resources for promoting psychological well-being.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students

Consider Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs as a blueprint for classroom practice, setting the stage for comfort, care, and self-reflection to optimize brain-compatible learning.

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Share Your Self-Care Strategies

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5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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Embracing Introversion: Ways to Stimulate Reserved Students in the Classroom

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Minimizing End-of-Year Stress

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Share Your Self-Care Strategies

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Back to Basics: Teaching the Important Lessons

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Five-Minute Film Festival: The Best Cat Videos for Educators

Need a break from the end-of-the-year pressure? This Five-Minute Film Festival gives you something to laugh about, with a round-up of entertaining animal videos.

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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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12 Choices to Help You Step Back from Burnout

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis believes teacher burnout is the result of choices that we make. To counter those fateful decisions, she offers 12 positive choices centered on reasonable priorities, self-care, and good attitudes.

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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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5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz addresses teacher burnout with suggestions for both educators and administrators. Her tips include an ongoing attitude of professional development, including all stakeholders when things change, and maintaining a...

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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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Quick Classroom Exercises to Make Learning Lively
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Classroom Exercise Makes Learning Lively

Four techniques for mental clarity from fitness expert Joel Kirsch.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and Connection

VideoAmy compiled this moving playlist of videos to explore the importance of human relationships and the power of being kind, generous, and compassionate.

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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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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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Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.

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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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An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning
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Social and Emotional Learning 101

Emotional intelligence must be developed in children before any other learning can effectively take place.

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