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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.

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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 Collaborative Classroom: An Interview with Linda Darling-Hammond

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Social and Emotional Learning: What Experts Say

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Social and Emotional Learning: What Experts Say

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5 Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning

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The Language of Choice and Support

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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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5-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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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: So Similar

In Part 8 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran explores ways to help children recognize what we have in common.

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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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Cynicism Is Contagious; So Is Hope

Educator and blogger Rick Curwin looks at teacher cynicism, what causes it, and how to counteract it.

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The Digital Lives of Teens: The Internet Never Takes a Rest

Principal and blogger Matt Levinson looks at the ubiquitous nature of social media and its impact on the lives and identities of teens.

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Replacing Teachers with Emotion

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick suggests that, in order to do their job effectively, teachers need to reach students on a deeply emotional level.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Inner Meanie and Inner Friend

In Part 5 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran shows how the Inner Positive Friend can defeat the Inner Negative Meanie.

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The Oasis Within: Mindfulness Practice for Teachers

Dr. Lisa Flook, of the University of Wisconsin's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, introduces Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, a practice that struggling teachers can easily use to diminish their negativity and avoid burnout.

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Michael Pritchard Teaches Lessons from the Heart

A champion of social and emotional learning reaches out to students.

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Supporting Student Resilience in the Classroom

Guest blogger Steve Gardiner, a high school English and journalism teacher, looks at the benefits of a resilient mindset and shows how, through modeling confidence and giving a sense of autonomy, teachers can foster student resilience.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Gratitude

What are you thankful for? VideoAmy shares a YouTube video playlist reflecting on a few of the many things she appreciates.

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Help Students De-Stress for Success

Health teacher and Edutopia blogger Christopher Pepper highlights ways educators can help students reduce stress.

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Introversion and the Invisible Adolescent

Blogger Mark Phillips reflects on the necessity of paying more attention to the quiet, passive students in the classroom.

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