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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

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You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice. If you have any thoughts or comments about these blogs, please don't hesitate to let us know.

To help combat summer learning loss, Matt Davis has curated a few fun and free education resources for students and parents to use over summer break. 
Video cameras in the classroom? Teachers gladly contribute to each other's PD in a culture of safe sharing, support for best efforts, and collaborative growth mindset.
Students' voices belong in the dialogue about what does and doesn't work in their education. Consider incorporating their wants and needs into your school reform efforts.
Many schools take a traditional approach to family engagement. It's time to think outside of the box.
Observe and advise your teachers throughout the year, and at their summative evaluations, celebrate their strengths and share possible improvements through open-ended questions.
Matt Davis has highlighted resources for parents, teachers, and administrators that can help students make the transition into elementary, middle, and high school -- and beyond.
Teachers approaching their summative evaluations with a growth mindset will bridge the divide and diminish the adversarial relationship with the administrator, who is on their side.
One school district spent a year working with 15 teachers to determine the conditions needed to identify, create, and promote the scaling of classroom innovations.
Maria Derivan-George May 24, 2016
Educators need different levels of support and opportunity at different phases of their career. Here's how to be more responsive to beginning, middle-of-the-road, and veteran teachers.
When encouraging a student to be his or her best, channel the pop culture figure who best embodies your resolve and respect, whether it's Coach Carter or Yoda.

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