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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Turning the Community Into a Classroom

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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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Resources and Downloads for College and Career Readiness

Educators from MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio, have provided these resources and tools for integrated project-based learning, real-world experiences, and other strategies to prepare students for college and beyond.

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Research-Based Practices for Engaging Students in STEM Learning

Innovative and effective practices at Cleveland's MC2 STEM High School are driving learning and higher achievement for students in a district where every student qualifies for free- or reduced-price meals.

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Internships Provide On-the-Job Learning

Respect, responsibility, and accountability: how opportunities for learning in the workplace bring out the best in students.

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Won’t Back Down: An Engaging and Misleading Film

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips urges critical viewing of Won't Back Down, a powerful and oversimplified new film about hands-on educational reform.

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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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5-Minute Film Festival: Design Thinking in Schools

What is design thinking, and how is it useful in educational settings, for both students and teachers? VideoAmy's playlist of clips explores the topic.

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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.

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How to Find a Home for Service-Learning Projects

Blogger Suzie Boss highlights one high school example of what quality service-learning looks like in practice.

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Empowering Students Through Entrepreneurship & Design Thinking, Part 2

In the second of two parts, Kim Saxe, Director of the Innovation Labs at The Nueva School, describes more about the Intro to Entrepreneurship class for 7th and 8th graders.

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Introducing Students to the World of Work

Edutopia senior editor Betty Ray showcases a video that demonstrates one middle school and one elementary school project, both of which give students meaningful insights into the world of work, and the skills needed to thrive there.

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Internships Provide On-the-Job Learning

Respect, responsibility, and accountability: how opportunities for learning in the workplace bring out the best in students.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: DIY Education at the Maker Faire

Teachers who love hands-on learning and the DIY movement are a match made in heaven -- and nowhere is this better represented than the Maker Faire. VideoAmy has curated this collection of videos to help you explore the event and the culture that has grown...

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Connecting School and Home: 360-Degree Communication

School administrator and author Matt Levinson provides a startup kit for the parents of future middle schoolers, and digital citizens.

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