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

  • Assessment

    Helping Students Track Their Learning

    A strategy that uses Google Forms and Sheets can guide students to accurately assess what they learn in the course of a unit.
  • Assessment

    Bringing Student Choice to Assessment in Science Classes

    What happens when students can opt to skip tests and instead give oral presentations or create art to show what they know?
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Assessing Social and Emotional Learning

    A review of three types of SEL assessment, with suggestions for ways to collect and report student growth to families.
  • Assessment

    What Does the Research Say About Testing?

    There’s too much testing in schools, most teachers agree, but well-designed classroom tests and quizzes can improve student recall and retention.