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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Turning the Community Into a Classroom

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The Value of an Authentic Audience

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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

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Service Learning: Growing Action From the Roots of Passion

In 2007, my co-teacher and I noticed that students felt increasingly like the world was "happening to them," as if they had no ability to affect positive change. This, coupled with the question "When am I going to use this?" led to the inspiration...

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Me & MyCity: A Positive Prelude to Working Life

Finland's Me & MyCity program offers middle school students an intensive, day-long simulation of what it means to be a professional, consumer, and citizen.

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Alternate Education for Rural Development: A Practical, Successful Solution

An award-winning program in rural Peru successfully integrates secondary education and entrepreneurship with students' need to work on family farms and develop their local economies.

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6 Steps Toward Arts Integration

To integrate arts with core subjects, teachers should match a theme with a work of art, practice "close reading," create and reflect on a project, and try again.

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Bookmaking Across Subjects: Making Learning Last Longer
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Bookmaking Across Subjects: Making Learning Last Longer

Taking class projects schoolwide makes learning more fun, more engaging, and more lasting for students.

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Connecting Elders and Students to Improve SEL

Learn how the Dear Wise Elders project in New Brunswick, NJ, connects middle school school students with senior citizens.

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5 Ways to Stop Bullying and Move into Action

Becki Cohn-Vargas, Director of Not In Our School, presents five ways to empower and motivate young people to turn a climate of bullying into one of safety and acceptance.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Parent-Teacher Partnerships

Strong relationships between families and teachers are critical for successful students, but where do you begin to build them? VideoAmy offers up resources and a playlist of videos about parent engagement.

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Transforming Unused School Spaces Into Something Amazing

With staff vision and student and community engagement, turn the unused or under-used areas of your school buildings or grounds into gardens, labs, and makerspaces.

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How to Beat Summer Learning Loss

Summer learning loss is a well-documented phenomenon, with students losing between one and two months' worth of academic knowledge each summer. And low-income students suffer a steeper rate of loss than their peers - half of the achievement gap seen in...

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In India, a School that Empowers Students and Teachers

What happens when students and teachers are immersed in an environment that encourages innovation and risk taking?

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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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Business Students Dive into the "Shark Tank"

Guest blogger David West describes what happened when the TV show 'Shark Tank' inspired him to teach his high school students how entrepreneurship really works through a project concluding with feedback from actual business leaders.

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PBL Meets WWII: A History Lesson to Remember

Guest blogger Heather Calabro, teacher and founding member of Mid-Pacific Institute's eXploratory Program, details a PBL history project about WWII that her students took to heart - and took much farther than she expected.

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