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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Service Learning

Learn how to design projects that boost civic engagement in students and help them take initiative to strengthen their community.

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A Path Appears: Awareness, Engagement, and Action

A documentary series examining human trafficking and youth empowerment can raise students' awareness of national and global humanitarian crises, inspiring them to engage and act.

Social Entrepreneur Rising: How a New Generation is Choosing to Matter

Tap into students' heartbreak to discover how they want to change the world, and the power of social media will launch them toward great accomplishments.

How to Change the World: Service PBL in the Common Core Literacy Classroom

The language arts are the building blocks when applying Common Core literacy standards to tangible, effects-driven actions in the real world.

The Happy Eating Place: How Elementary Students Can Run Their Own Business

Fourth and fifth graders develop a service learning project that prepares meals for their school community and donates the proceeds to a county food bank.

The Tech Detectives: Students Take Ownership of Technology

The Tech Detectives Club provides middle school students with practical and service learning opportunities and teachers with first responders for their tech emergencies.

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Senioritis -- or an Opportunity for Growth?

Guest blogger Lori Desautels looks at senioritis as a time of wasted opportunity and asks pointed questions about how we can engage rather than lose students during the final months of their high school careers.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Kids about Global Poverty

Teaching your students about poverty and hunger can be a powerful experience for them. VideoAmy shares a series of videos that explore the issues encountered by four college students who lived on one dollar per day in Guatemala.

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San Francisco Bat Kid: A Model PBL Project

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller looks at the high-profile pageant of San Francisco's Bat Kid event and sees a best-case scenario for both project-based learning and service learning.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: 10 Videos About Generosity and Giving Back

There isn't a better time to teach your students about generosity and gratitude than the holiday season. VideoAmy has uncovered 10 great videos that can be used as teaching tools to inspire the giving spirit in students.

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Constructing Sustainable Houses Develops Collaborative Skills (Is School Enough? Series)
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Constructing Sustainable Houses Develops Collaborative Skills

Teens in Philadelphia learn how to solve math and engineering problems while working together to build high-efficiency homes designed for disaster relief, as part of an alternative senior year program called the Workshop School.

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Design Thinking Meets a Community Action Project

Jeanine Harmon, Director of Community Outreach and Service Learning at Park Day School, describes a middle school community action program driven by the principles of design thinking.

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Special Education: Promoting More Inclusion at Your School

Dr. Maurice Elias makes the case for promoting inclusion of students in special education in all school activities.

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Project-Based Learning and the Gulf Oil Spill

Useful resources for applying project based learning to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning
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Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning

Montpelier High School's service learning program integrates across the curriculum, utilizing a school greenhouse and gardens to provide food for the school district's lunch program.

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Wetland Watchers: Kids Care for Their Environment
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Wetland Watchers: Kids Care for Their Environment

Through this nationally recognized service-learning project in Louisiana, students have become stewards of the area's fragile wetlands.

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Science and History Lessons Come from Restoring Ancient Ponds
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Science and History Lessons Come from Restoring Ancient Ponds

Students develop and manage their own projects with guidance from mentors in this coastal high school's community.

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PBL Meets WWII: A History Lesson to Remember

Guest blogger Heather Calabro, teacher and founding member of Mid-Pacific Institute's eXploratory Program, details a PBL history project about WWII that her students took to heart - and took much farther than she expected.

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Taking Class Outdoors with Environmental Education
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Taking Class Outdoors with Environmental Education

The academic program at Minnesota's School for Environmental Studies was designed to promote project-based learning and a love for nature and wildlife.

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Senioritis -- or an Opportunity for Growth?

Guest blogger Lori Desautels looks at senioritis as a time of wasted opportunity and asks pointed questions about how we can engage rather than lose students during the final months of their high school careers.

7 1,138 5,776 views

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