George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Critical Thinking

    How to Lead Students to Engage in Higher Order Thinking

    Asking students a series of essential questions at the start of a course signals that deep engagement is a requirement.
    Karen Harris
  • Literacy

    What Teachers Should Know About Dysgraphia

    Students with dysgraphia have an unexpected difficulty with spelling and writing skills. Here are the red flags to look for, and ways to support these students.
    Jessica Hamman
  • Brain-Based Learning

    What’s Executive Function—and Why Does It Matter?

    The skills that make up executive function are better predictors of success than test scores, IQ, or socioeconomic status.
  • Critical Thinking

    Easy Ways to Build Metacognitive Skills

    Learn strategies to increase student engagement and stop students from asking, "Why are we doing this?"

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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.
The Research Is In

2019 Education Research Highlights

Youki Terada

  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Why Inclusion Matters on the Playground

    When general education students and students with special needs play together, it breaks down unconscious biases about disability and fosters relationships.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in the Classroom

    According to research, nurturing prosocial behaviors may improve academic outcomes—both classroom grades and test scores.
  • 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.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Leadership: Implementing SEL at the District Level

    District leaders find ways to build social and emotional learning capacity through strategies focused on equity and buy-in.