George Lucas Educational Foundation

K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

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Learn how executive skills—like working memory and cognitive flexibility—play an essential role in reading.

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With so much time now spent reviewing for tests, here are five ways to improve the quality of both instruction and assessment in your classroom.

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See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of program.

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Brain-Based Learning
The Tyranny of Being On Task

Students need periodic breaks to ease brain strain, and the perceived demand that they should always be on task is unrealistic.

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If the teacher isn’t great, you can help your kid take charge of their own learning.

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Formative Assessment
Eliminate Assessment Fog

To get a clear picture of student achievement from assessments, don’t give or take away points for things that aren’t related to the core content.

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Transform the Individualized Education Program meeting from a mandatory evaluative process into a student-centered discussion.

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Teacher Leadership
6 Paths to Better Leadership

School leaders can undertake these six key tasks to make a difference in the lives of their students and improve school communities. 

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A young teacher seeks advice from a more experienced colleague.

Pushing our students to adopt a growth mindset is an easy call. Adopting one ourselves is harder.

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Differentiated Instruction
Too Many Students and Not Enough Time

Differentiation provides ways to cope with large workloads and with the feeling that there’s never enough time.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching
Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A collection of lesson plans, curricula, and multimedia resources for teaching the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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A stylized illustration of a child’s mind

Brain-Based Learning
The Tyranny of Being On Task

Students need periodic breaks to ease brain strain, and the perceived demand that they should always be on task is unrealistic.

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See how one educator helps students develop media literacy—a critical 21st-century skill.

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A veteran English teacher on the importance of choice, plus three tactics to keep high school readers engaged.

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