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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A Town Helps Transform Its School

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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

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Turning the Community Into a Classroom

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The "Reggio Approach" to 0-99 Education: Redefining Schools as Community Learning Centers

In the second of two posts, blogger and world traveler Adam Provost reports from the Winter Institute in Emilia Reggio, Italy about involving an entire community in the education of its children.

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Real-World Internships Lead to College and Career Readiness
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Real-World Internships Lead to College and Career Readiness

At MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio, students are paired with industry mentors in order to learn science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

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How To Expand a Successful School Model

Karen Kodama, founding principal of the John Stanford International School (JSIS) in Seattle, Washington, now directs

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Salman Khan Describes Future Classrooms with Blended Learning
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Sal Khan Maps Out Blended Learning

In his signature visual style, Sal Khan sketches a plan for how digital learning tools can make room for teachers and students to embrace more real-life creative learning experiences, and how Khan Academy and the Discovery Lab summer camp fit into...

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Khan Academy's Discovery Lab Offers Hands-On Learning
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Khan Academy Explores Hands-On Learning

The Khan Academy is well known for its online video lectures. In their Discovery Lab summer camp, Khan Academy staff experimented with project-based learning activities to build better student engagement.

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The Power of Academic Parent-Teacher Teams

Blogger Anne O'Brien outlines how teachers can team with parents to help them better understand their children's academic learning goals.

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Grant Funding with Social Media

Ed tech specialist Brian Dixon looks using social media to locate, manage, update, track, announce and implement grant funding.

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From Selfies to Service: The Power of Civic Engagement

As Millennials feel driven to succeed while struggling with self-esteem, switching the focus to civic engagement can bring them perspective and purpose.

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Constructing Sustainable Houses Develops Collaborative Skills (Is School Enough? Series)
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Constructing Sustainable Houses Develops Collaborative Skills

Teens in Philadelphia learn how to solve math and engineering problems while working together to build high-efficiency homes designed for disaster relief, as part of an alternative senior year program called the Workshop School.

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Engaging Students with Hands-on Work Experiences

At Envision Schools, juniors and seniors are required to participate in a 12-week Workplace Learning Experience.

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An MBA for Kids: The Minnesota Business Academy

At this school, curriculum revolves around the workplace's demands for knowledge and critical-thinking skills.

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A Town Helps Transform Its School

A low-performing rural school in New Hampshire reached out to the local community for help turning things around.

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Partnership Strategies for Real-World Projects

Students gain by taking on interdisciplinary projects with community nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies.

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Maintaining School-to-Home Ties in the High School Years

One district counteracts the problems masked by growing independence and diminished teacher contact with aggressive outreach to keep high school students and families engaged in education.

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