George Lucas Educational Foundation


You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice. If you have any thoughts or comments about these articles, please don't hesitate to let us know.

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What We Lose With the Decline of Cursive

Technology is gradually replacing cursive instruction—but have we taken stock of what we’re losing?
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Students work together to develop 21st-century skills.
Curriculum Planning

The Skills Colleges and Employers Are Looking For

How to foster the skills your students will need throughout their education and beyond.
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A teacher helps a young girl calm down to deal with a stressful situation.
Social and Emotional Learning

A Toolkit for Students in Crisis

An elementary school assistant principal shares a few ideas for how to help students calm down and regain self-control.
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Growth Mindset

Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity to your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.
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Play as a Test Prep Tool

Use these games built around standardized tests to build engagement and fuel learning.
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An illustration of four book covers connected by lines–1984, Macbeth, The Dead, and The Grapes of Wrath.

March Madness in the Classroom?

Use NCAA-style brackets to get your students passionately debating works of literature—or big topics in any subject.
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School Leadership

The Tough Work of Improving School Culture

It isn’t always easy to shift to a teacher-driven, collaborative school culture—but it is worthwhile. Here’s one way to do it.
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A teacher guides several high school aged students as they sit at easels, painting.
College Readiness

A Career in the Arts? Let’s Get Real

Supporting students who are interested in following this path.
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5-Minute Film Festival

5-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate Pi Day!

Find videos, lesson plans, and activities for every grade level here.
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An elementary grade level teacher stands at a table giving instruction while young children are writing.
Teacher Development

New Teachers: Classroom Management Essentials

Four must-haves for creating an effective learning environment.
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