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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.

Make It Matter: Teach Justice

Students lack experience yet have valid perspectives about bettering their world. They learn when we give them agency to start working toward those changes.

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.


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

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Make It Matter: Teach Justice

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Special Education: Promoting More Inclusion at Your School

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Social Entrepreneurship: 7 Ways to Empower Student Changemakers

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Make It Matter: Teach Justice

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PBL Pilot: Student Work Showcase

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Treasured Island: Giving Students Real Skills and Real Responsibilities

A tiny offshore Maine school's self-sufficiency makes it an inspirational island apart.

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High School Students See Technology Devices as Tools, Not Toys

Tech in Real Life: Students See Devices as Tools, Not Toys

Classes at Clearfield High School, in Clearfield, Utah, apply computers and diagnostic equipment across the curriculum to engage in authentic learning.

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An Old-School Coach Becomes a Facilitator for a Technology Class

An Old-School Coach Becomes a Facilitator for EAST

A teacher finds new inspiration for a different way of teaching though the Environmental and Spatial Technology Initiative.

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Technology Inspires Self-Directed Learning

EAST -- A Way Forward: Tech Inspires Self-Directed Learning

Students in the Environmental and Spatial Technology program, at Horace Mann Magnet Middle School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, connect with nature through projects that serve their community.

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Stand Up for Alaska: Alaska Youth for Environmental Action

Stand Up for Alaska: Alaska Youth for Environmental Action

Members of this high school environmental education and leadership program created a presentation about climate change, gathered more than 5,000 signatures from fellow students, and went to Washington, DC, to persuade one of their senators to take...

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Balancing the Classroom: Strategies for Sharing Responsibility

How do educators balance the desire for classroom structure with the necessity of giving students freedom?

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Down on the Farm: These Vocational Educators Get It

Project-based learning on the farm.

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Swamped: Louisiana Students Become Wetlands Custodians

The Wetland Watchers program is part of a schoolwide emphasis on service learning at Hurst Middle 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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Hands-On Education Drives the Lesson Home

The importance of project learning.

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New Hampshire's Statewide Effort to Redefine Education for 21st Century

Robert McLaughlin of the New Hampshire DOE reports on a statewide summit to reshape education and educator development.

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How to Find a Home for Service-Learning Projects

Blogger Suzie Boss highlights one high school example of what quality service-learning looks like in practice.

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Web-Design Competition Sparks International Collaboration

Web-Design Competition Sparks Collaboration

Students ages 9-19 from around the globe work in teams and communicate via Web 2.0 technologies to build educational Web sites for the ThinkQuest contest.

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The Help Desk: Leveraging Student Genius

Andrew Marcinek, creator of Help Desk, reflects on how this student-driven, entrepreneurial tech course has grown, and how it continues to benefit entire school communities.

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