George Lucas Educational Foundation
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Social and Emotional Learning

A Classroom Full of Risk Takers

State teachers of the year explain how they make students feel safe enough to take risks—and then push them to do so.
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Media Literacy

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Use these strategies to help middle and high school students identify relevance, accuracy, bias, and reliability in the content they read.
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Digital Citizenship

3 Tips for Managing Phone Use in Class

Setting cell phone expectations early is key to accessing the learning potential of these devices and minimizing the...
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Interest-Based Learning

Genius Hour in Elementary School

A teacher shares what she did and what she learned when she implemented Genius Hour in her fifth-grade class.
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Classroom Management

Responding to Disruptive Students

Negative attention doesn’t help difficult students change their ways, but teachers can alter classroom dynamics through...
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Social Media

Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media

A primer for ensuring that students’ personal information remains confidential on social media.
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Classroom Management

Compassion as a Classroom Management Tool

First-year teachers may feel that taking a strict approach with their students is best. A second-year teacher makes a case for compassion.
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High school students read novels in class.
Literacy

Getting Everyone on the Same Page

Reading a novel together as a class builds community, pushes everyone to do the work, and still allows for differentiation.
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Game-Based Learning

Taking Advantage of the Power of Play

Game jams—game creation sessions—can be used in any class to spark learning. Bonus: There’s a free lesson plan to help you get started.
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Teacher Collaboration

Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

A Connecticut superintendent put teachers and students at the forefront of all decisions and transformed a district.
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Learning Environments

The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.
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Trading Places

Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.
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Social and Emotional Learning

13 Powerful SEL Activities

Build social and emotional skills into any class.
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Community Partnerships

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!
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Learning Environments

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

A classroom designer walks you through the process of redesigning your room, with videos to inspire you.
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Classroom Management

Responding to Disruptive Students

Negative attention doesn’t help difficult students change their ways, but teachers can alter classroom dynamics through this exercise.
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Autism

The Missing Autistic Girls

In the past two decades, autism diagnoses have soared—but new research shows that girls have frequently been overlooked, leaving them without crucial support.
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Lesson Plans

A Math Framework for Multiple Grade Levels

Using simple images, the Splat! lessons teach a range of math concepts at different levels of difficulty. Download 50 free lessons.
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High school students read novels in class.
Literacy

Getting Everyone on the Same Page

Reading a novel together as a class builds community, pushes everyone to do the work, and still allows for differentiation.
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Teaching Strategies

The Brain Is Wired for Math—Sort Of

Symbolic math can be hard to grasp, so we have tips to help you build on the natural math sense your kids already have.
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Teaching Strategies

This Is What Math Looks Like

Whether they’re in kindergarten or calculus, students can use simulations to see the math.
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Teaching Strategies

The Power of Visualization in Math

Creating visual representations for math students can open up understanding. We have resources you can use in class...
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Lesson Plans

A Math Framework for Multiple Grade Levels

Using simple images, the Splat! lessons teach a range of math concepts at different levels of difficulty. Download 50...
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New Teachers

A Phone Call Home Makes All the Difference

You don’t have to reserve phone calls to parents for bad news. Try these tips to deepen communication and trust with families.
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Classroom Management

Rules and Routines in the Classroom

An argument for keeping hard rules to a minimum.
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Inquiry-Based Learning

Playful Inquiry for Elementary Students

Six suggestions for bringing a key idea from a Reggio Emilia–inspired school to your K–5 classroom.
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Back to School

Building Trust With Parents

Suggestions for how to make back-to-school night a hit for you and your students’ parents.
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