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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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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.

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.

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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

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7 Steps for Turning Around Under-Resourced Schools

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12 1,227 8,991 views

How Can High-Poverty Schools Connect With Students?

Last comment 3 days 18 hours ago
10 1,166 5,536 views

Why Social and Emotional Learning Is Essential for Students

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 10:00
2 7,430 18,083 views

5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 14:37
40 33,837 170,247 views

Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:00
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3 Surprising Skills That School Counselors Need

School counselors can increase their effectiveness when they master technology skills, embrace data analysis, and develop their public speaking abilities.

7 1,585 20,391 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.

7 779 7,685 views
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Talking in the Hallway: 3 Questions Principals Should Be Asking

Principals could use casual interactions with the school population to promote literacy, emphasize that student and staff ideas matter, and actually invite those ideas.

4 7,127 38,474 views
Teacher holding up Dorian's Rocket Math certificate that says he rocketed through subtraction facts
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Inspiring Learning Through Incentives

Layering incentives at classroom, grade, and schoolwide levels creates a culture of positivity and achievement where students celebrate milestones in their individual and shared learning.

7 521 2,690 views
Two boys at a table looking at cards printed with various items to determine want versus need
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Franchising Success Across a District

Franchising allows a single principal to lead multiple campuses concurrently. These individuals must be proven, trusted leaders given the flexibility to focus on the best results.

242 1,539 views
Dad and daughter together smiling
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"Welcome to School, Parents!"

Attract parent volunteers by giving them their own space and appointing a coordinator whose job it is to make them feel welcome, comfortable, and needed.

8 1,286 4,419 views
An outdoor covered hallway with 25+ logos painted on the wall and door
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Growing a Community to Build a Garden

Tapping your community for funds, resources, and labor isn't easy, but with planning, persistence, and good will, rallying local support for a major school project benefits everyone.

699 1,347 views

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10 Big Ideas of School Leadership

Middle school principal Mike McCarthy shares 30 years of wisdom on how to run a school well.

41 889 58,865 views
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An Open Letter to Principals: 5 Leadership Strategies for the New Year

Eric Sheninger shares his ideas on leadership during challenging times.

9 1,188 58,673 views
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8 Tips to Create a Twitter-Driven School Culture

Administrators can create a more connected school culture by modeling Twitter use and encouraging staff to work, play, and learn through the medium.

24 5,167 45,207 views
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Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning

Educators from High Tech High in San Diego, California, and the Whitfield Career Academy's 21st Century Learning Academy in Dalton, Georgia, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Why I Flattened My School

One high school experiments with the flattened model as it seeks to replace departmental hierarchy with the creativity that blossoms from staff collaboration.

14 611 39,628 views
A closeup, waist up, of a female teacher standing in a school hallway. She's looking directly at the camera, her arms crossed, wearing a closed mouth smile. She's wearing a black blouse over a white, collared, button up.
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Talking in the Hallway: 3 Questions Principals Should Be Asking

Principals could use casual interactions with the school population to promote literacy, emphasize that student and staff ideas matter, and actually invite those ideas.

4 7,127 38,474 views
Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom at Mesquite Elementary School
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Differentiated Instruction: Helping Every Child Succeed

Mix teacher collaboration and innovative leadership with a big dose of differentiated instruction and you get Mesquite Elementary's winning recipe.

7 225 38,474 views

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