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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5-Minute Film Festival: Design Thinking in Schools

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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

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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 Value of an Authentic Audience

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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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Empowering Students Through Multimedia Storytelling

By telling their stories through multimedia, students develop skills in critical thinking, writing, research, and collaboration, as well as owning their learning and effecting change.

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Parent Partnership in Education: Resource Roundup

Experts agree that parent involvement in education is a big predictor of student success. So where can parents begin? We've compiled a list of articles, videos, and other resources to help you engage productively with your kids' teachers and school.

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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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Making the Most of Back-to-School Communications

It's important that educators consider back-to-school communications a key part of their work, taking advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to spread the word about what's happening in their school.

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Transformational Leadership: Engineering Creative Solutions

By rising to the challenge of school transformation with passion and vision, Walter Bracken STEAM Academy turned their culture and climate into a national model.

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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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New Teacher Academy: How to Work With Parents

In week four of Lisa Dabbs' New Teacher Academy series, guest blogger Shelly Sanchez Terrell talks about the benefits of working with the parents of students.

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Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning
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Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning

Montpelier High School's service learning program integrates across the curriculum, utilizing a school greenhouse and gardens to provide food for the school district's lunch program.

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Increasing Student Voice in Local Schools and Districts

Students deserve a say in running their schools and districts, and board members could easily make room for student representatives to share their wisdom and insight.

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Implementing Expanded Learning Time: Six Factors for Success

Amrita Sahni of Boston's Edwards Middle School outlines the steps taken to successfully implement their renowned Expanded Learning Time (ELT) program.

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Empowering Students Through Multimedia Storytelling

By telling their stories through multimedia, students develop skills in critical thinking, writing, research, and collaboration, as well as owning their learning and effecting change.

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Focus on Audience for Better PBL Results

Edutopia blogger and PBL expert Suzie Boss describes how connecting students with a real audience often leads to deeper learning.

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