George Lucas Educational Foundation

Special Education

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for supporting students with special needs.

  • Special Education

    District 75: ‘The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love’

    A former teacher revisits her roots in New York City’s District 75—a school system composed entirely of kids with severe disabilities.
  • Assistive Technology

    Say Hi to Milo, the Autism Robot

    Standing two feet tall and resembling a boy, Milo the robot is helping autistic students build social skills at a school in South Carolina.
  • Assistive Technology

    Can a Robot Help Autistic Children Connect?

    A school in South Carolina tests whether a robot can be a bridge to deeper human connection for autistic children.
  • Learning Environments

    The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

    Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.
  • Classroom Management

    17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate

    Teacher-tested ideas to help students quietly fidget.
  • Autism

    The Missing Autistic Girls

    In the past two decades, autism diagnoses have soared—but new research shows that girls have frequently been overlooked, leaving them without crucial support.
  • Learning Environments

    Sensory Room 101

    After we published a video about a special room designed to help autistic kids calm and focus themselves, you had questions. Here’s what it takes to create this kind of space.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Strategies for Students With Scattered Minds

    Teachers can help students strengthen their brain's executive function with "workouts" in which they practice pausing, prioritizing, improving their working memory, and mapping their options.
  • Teacher Collaboration

    Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

    A Connecticut superintendent put teachers and students at the forefront of all decisions and transformed a district.
  • Teacher Collaboration

    What I’ve Learned From Special Ed Teachers

    Special education teachers have valuable insights to share with their peers about patience, empathy, working with parents, and more.
  • English-Language Learners

    Working With Dually Classified Learners

    A group of educators has developed an instructional model to support English language learners with special needs.
  • Literacy

    Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

    In order to accommodate students with dyslexia, general education teachers must understand what the condition is and what alternate means work best for accessing information.
  • Arts Integration

    4 Benefits of Photography for Autistic Students

    A teacher who has used photography to build student engagement notes particular benefits for students on the spectrum.
  • Growth Mindset

    A Speed Bump, Not a Roadblock

    A simple analogy can help students think about their learning disabilities and better navigate obstacles.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Keeping the Focus on the Positive

    Paying attention to what was going well for students led a special education teacher to a strengths-based approach to teaching.