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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.

Nicholas Provenzano April 18, 2016
Edcamps provide informal, personalized, and powerful PD because they're educator driven, they build networks, inspire passion, and foster conversations -- and they're low stress.
An interactive storytelling tool called Twine hooks students into deeper learning through the empathy of creating a choice-filled historical narrative with multiple outcomes.
Mary Beth Hertz April 15, 2016
An Edcamp pioneer looks back at how this now-popular professional development model remains free, noncommercial, spontaneous, organic, user-friendly, and open to all presenters and attendees.
Autism superheroes and "talking" Bluetooth-enabled stuffed animals are among the resources for helping children on the autism spectrum understand their differences and communicate with others.
Check out these tips for experiencing your favorite conference from a new angle. Tip five: Join a Twitter chat.
Monica Burns April 13, 2016
With iPad apps from PBS, Discovery, History, Smithsonian, BrainPOP, and even the NBC Nightly News, you can capture children's interest in a topic through educational programming.
"Warm demander" teachers expect great things from their students, convince them of their own brilliance, and help them reach their potential in a disciplined, structured environment.
Kristen Swanson April 12, 2016
Edcamps are informal sessions by and for teachers, where anyone can present, and the focus is on collaboration and connections, group expertise, tech tools, and instructional design.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to use multiple measures for evaluating students. Find out how a Chicago-area school district aims to help educators better determine whether a student is college and career ready.
The internet has enabled students to follow their passions toward self-directed learning. How can we, as educators, fold that learning back into their schooling experience?

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