George Lucas Educational Foundation

Community Partnerships

Learn and share ideas about how to engage caring individuals, organizations, and businesses to help schools with resources, mentors, internships, and more.

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Social Justice: A Whole-School Approach

Read about a social justice-based school that addresses larger issues as a learning community, builds curriculum around service learning, and regularly involves families.

Just Ask: Strategies for Building Community Partnerships

Whether through questionnaires to parents or networking through colleagues, you can build a resource pool from the wide range of expertise within your community.

Partner with Local Arts Organizations

Partnerships with local arts organizations can bring much-needed resources to your students without much cost, and can provide students with new outlets for creativity and ways to develop essential critical thinking and collaboration skills.

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Resources for Building Community Partnerships

Learn how schools can benefit from the support and expertise of local businesses, organizations, and individuals, and discover strategies for fostering successful business and community partnerships.

Using Entrepreneurship to Transform Student Work

Raleigh Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, describes a PBL unit that flipped a class from 'just good enough' to creating a working business model and seeking funds to launch a startup.

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Using Skype to Inspire Student Career Choices

A teacher uses video phone calls to bring a growing network of inspiring professionals into her classroom.

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Family Engagement: Resource Roundup

Explore tips, strategies, and resources to help improve the connection from home to school and expand parent involvement.

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SEL Now: Moving From Heaviness to Hope

Responding to violence and despair, Atlanta's superintendent advocates a national program of social-emotional learning that would teach students to embrace empathy, communication, and respect.

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Learning Through Internships: Connecting Students' Passions to the Real World
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Learning Through Internships: Connecting Students' Passions to the Real World

Explore five ways to adapt internships (from field trips to shadow days), or follow nine steps to make Nashville Big Picture High School's internship program your own.

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Cheap (Yet Valuable) Learning Space Redesign

Rethink classroom and campus spaces, recycle and upcycle materials, tap student ingenuity, attract charitable donors -- and remake and revitalize your school without breaking the bank.

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Constructive Thinking and the Perfect Fixer-Upper

High school students can take a class that, through a joint effort by their school district and community, lets them redesign and remodel a house.

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Resources for Building Community Partnerships

Learn how schools can benefit from the support and expertise of local businesses, organizations, and individuals, and discover strategies for fostering successful business and community partnerships.

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6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace

Guest blogger Paloma Garcia-Lopez, Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative, provides six strategies for funding a makerspace.

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5 Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem

Educational futurist Andrea Saveri describes five shifts in thinking and practice that will profoundly affect the big picture of teaching and learning.

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Real-World Problem Solving: Finding Solutions Through Projects
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Real-World Problem Solving: Project-Based Solutions

By using real-world problems as projects for children to solve, Crellin Elementary empowers, engages, and excites students about what they can learn and how they can use that knowledge.

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Arts Integration for Deeper Learning in Middle School
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Integrate the Arts, Deepen the Learning

Critical thinking, risk taking, and collaboration are just some of the areas where Bates Middle School educators report big improvements since integrating the arts.

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Research-Supported PBL Practices

At one New Tech Network high school, strategies backed by research make project-based learning effective and engaging for teachers and students.

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Integrated Studies Research Review: Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

Evidence points to seven key approaches to integrating curricula that have been shown to be effective.

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Establishing Real-World Connections in Projects (Keys to PBL Series Part 1)
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Establishing Real-World Connections in Projects (Keys to PBL Series Part 1)

Students are more engaged when learning relates directly to the world they live in. See how to extend your projects beyond the classroom walls.

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