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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

K-2 Primary

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades K-2.

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in K-2 classrooms? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

Coding for Kindergarteners

Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.

First Day of Kindergarten: 8 Survival Skills

Author Sarah Richard shares valuable tips to help kindergarten teachers have a successful first day.

Parent Involvement in Early Literacy

Erika Burton explains how parents can create the stepping stones toward literacy for their preK children.

Classroom Management Strategies for Elementary Teachers

Teacher Gaetan Pappalardo offers elementary educators ideas on how to manage student behavior and needs.

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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

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Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

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8 Fantastic Apps for Summer Reading on iPads

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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

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Avoiding New Teacher Burnout

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: So Similar

In Part 8 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran explores ways to help children recognize what we have in common.

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A Year at Mission Hill: Like a Family and Behind the Scenes

A Year at Mission Hill is a video documentary series that covers the transformation of one inner city elementary school in Boston. In Chapters Six and Seven, we learn how teachers create community with the students, the parents, and each other.

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Social, Emotional Learning: Instructional Support Goes Online

Dr. Maurice Elias highlights SecondStep.org, online support for the program that offers a pre-K to grade 8 program used to teach social, emotional skills.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

In Part 7 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran offers suggestions and examples for cultivating empathy in schools.

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To Improve School Climate, Examine Recess

Jill Vialet, Founder and CEO of Playworks, presents research about the SEL benefits of school recess, and offers five steps toward improving school climate by improving what happens on the playground.

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How to Get Students Ready for Learning
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Getting Students Ready for Learning

Responsive Classroom techniques, such as relationship-building morning meetings and engaging student-led activities, get students focused and ready to learn.

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How More Social and Emotional Learning (and Less Academics) Actually Builds Academic Success

Elementary school principal Scott McFarland explains why helping children relax and self-regulate also helps them become better students.

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Response to Intervention: Collaborating to Target Instruction
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Response to Intervention: Meeting Students at Their Learning Ability

Meyer Elementary School's Response to Intervention practice has contributed to their ranking in the top five percent of all Michigan schools.

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Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach
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Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach

Strategies like mindfulness, emotional regulation, and supportive small groups help Symonds meet the academic and social needs of their students.

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Resources and Downloads for Global Competence

Resources on This Page: Global Competence Unit Plans International School Symposium

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Kids Like Blues: Using Music and Video to Rock Your Classroom

Teacher and musician Jon Schwartz tells the amusing and inspiring story (with generous video examples) of how he turned the blues into an effective pedagogy for his first graders.

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Active Learning Is Key to Differentiated Instruction

Meeting the needs of all learners starts with using active-learning strategies -- including student choice.

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Waldorf's Integrated Way of Learning

Art and movement blend into academics at this K-8 public school.

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Educators Deal with the Growing Problem of Autism

As the number of special-needs students soars, schools grapple with ways to offer high-quality education without going broke.

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