George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Lacking Training, Teachers Develop Their Own SEL Solutions

    A new survey by Education Week Research Center shows nearly half of teachers feel their schools do not have adequate support for their students’ social and emotional needs.
    Laura Lee
  • Mental Health

    As Teen Stress Increases, Teachers Look for Answers

    Seventy percent of teens say stress is a major problem. Research backs that up—and teachers are beginning to offer solutions.
    Andrew Simmons
  • Communication Skills

    60-Second Strategy: Traverse Talk

    This fun classroom activity helps students find their voice by teaching the basics of debate in an accessible way.
  • School Leadership

    How a District Prioritizes Administrator PD

    Using low-resource practices like instructional rounds and biweekly strategic meetings can boost professional development for administrators.

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  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Can SEL Transform School Policing?

    In Oakland, a district-wide focus on social and emotional learning has the school police looking at students in a whole new light.
  • Literacy

    60-Second Strategy: 7-Minute Writes

    Looking for a simple way to get your students writing? Try a low-stakes timed exercise.
  • Blended Learning

    A Student-Centered Model of Blended Learning

    When educators at a Washington, DC, high school ditched their lectures and devised a self-paced blended learning model, their students thrived.
  • Math

    From Concrete to Abstract—The Montessori Math Approach

    At an elementary school in South Carolina, tactile materials, color coding, and vocabulary changes help students grasp high-level math concepts.
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Professional Development

Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

Pauline Zdonek

  • Project-Based Learning

    3 Common PBL Problems—and Solutions

    Ideas for how to overcome issues that teachers new to project-based learning frequently encounter.
  • Project-Based Learning

    How to Set Up Rich Experiential Learning Units

    Two teachers who guided a project-based learning unit that included travel share how to replicate the deep engagement they saw without going anywhere.
  • Project-Based Learning

    5 Tips for Getting Started With PBL in Math Classes

    Pointers for middle and high school math teachers who have concerns about incorporating project-based learning in their classes.
  • Project-Based Learning

    How to Use a Play for Project-Based Learning

    Seventh graders staging an adaptation of A Christmas Carol work on literary and historical analysis as well as the design process.