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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

School Leadership

Discover the challenges, strategies, and triumphs of troubleshooting, guiding, and inspiring not just a classroom, but an entire academic community.

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School Leadership: Resource Roundup

For principals and other school administrators, this list of videos, blogs, and articles includes advice and tips on effective leadership strategies, partnering with teachers, and cultivating and retaining strong leaders.

The Coaching Model

Schools can learn a lesson from sports coaches about the value of personalized instruction for identifying areas of growth and optimizing student performance.

A photo of a group of elementary students looking out a window, waving and smiling.

5 Strategic Tips for First-Year Administrators

For admins just starting out, it's helpful to establish relationships, visit classrooms, understand others, flatten the hierarchy, and become an active social media presence.

When Teachers and Administrators Collaborate

See what it looks like when a district that has a strong collaborative culture undertakes a major initiative like implementing the Common Core.

Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

Providing high-quality professional development for teachers may be the most important thing schools can do to improve students learning.

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Five Ways to Increase Teacher Agency in Professional Development

Last comment 1 week 2 days ago
7 628 6,842 views

What Doesn't Work When Evaluating Teachers

Last comment 1 day 21 hours ago
6 298 8,575 views

When Teachers and Administrators Collaborate

Last comment 15 hours 55 min ago
15 4,193 24,463 views

When Grading Harms Student Learning

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 06:00
30 22,303 95,986 views

When Teachers and Administrators Collaborate

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:51
15 4,193 24,463 views

Edcamps: The New Professional Development

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:00
1 142 2,610 views

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Cultivating Healthy Teams in Schools

Effective schools and organizations have a mission and vision that motivates, unifies, and guides all stakeholders in their day-to-day operations.

5 2,233 12,024 views
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Fostering Creativity With Makerspaces

The creative possibilities of a school makerspace will become obvious once you find the space, find the money, find the tools, and find the students.

2 1,721 9,329 views
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The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort

Improvement requires change, which often means discomfort. Your school can edge out of its comfort zone by breaking down silos, taking risks, and shifting resources.

7 5,376 21,146 views
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4 Lessons Learned From Common Core Implementation

Some effective ways for CCSS implementation include ongoing and embedded PD, clear connection to instruction, focusing on assessment rather than testing, and leveraging teacher leaders.

10 1,264 9,951 views
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5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team

Check out these tips for growing powerful leadership teams that can transform schools.

60 31,644 140,351 views
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Creative Destruction in Teaching (and the Ongoing Relevance of Teachers)

"Industrial mutation," rather than making teachers obsolete, uniquely positions us to empower students to change the world with the new tools in their hands.

2 6,121 5,189 views
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Professional Learning Opportunities and the Teachers They Create

Professional learning is most effective when educators have the option to personalize the experience and communicate meaningfully with other educators who share their focus.

2 1,702 5,396 views

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8 Skills to Look for in a Director of Technology

A technology director for your school or district needs to have other vital skills that go beyond knowing technology and networking.

5 1,301 10,780 views
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Identifying and Nourishing Gifted Students

Let's broaden our definition of gifted students to include creativity, writing skills, musical and artistic talent, superior leadership and speaking skills, and moral character.

1 3,653 10,780 views
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The Art of Facilitating Teacher Teams

For those who facilitate teacher teams, blogger Elena Aguilar offers tips for running professional development smoothly and effectively.

2 150 10,780 views
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Why Learning Space Matters

To maximize learning potential, classrooms should be open, comfortable, well lit, and visually stimulating. Strategic use of existing space can make a big difference, too.

4 813 10,573 views
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Middle School's Role in Dropout Prevention

Blogger Anne O'Brien shares research and resources for helping secondary students stay in school.

5 425 10,573 views
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O Captain! My Captain! Where Has Teaching Gone?

To understand the changing nature of 21st-century teaching, consider how these elements define your school culture: scheduling, budget, programming, and student POV.

11 4,322 10,366 views
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The Road to Equity Is Paved With Emotions

As part of building equitable schools, teachers and administrators need to acquire a set of emotional literacy skills.

8 1,241 10,158 views

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