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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Teacher Leadership

2016: The Awesome, the Painful, and the Viral

The past year saw ideas both good and bad spreading ever faster. How can we make our best teaching ideas go viral?
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Two young students discuss a poem.

Digging Deeper in a Poetry Unit

A teacher’s journey from covering the basics of poetry to helping students discover why poems matter.
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Media Literacy

Battling Fake News in the Classroom

See how one educator helps students develop media literacy—a critical 21st-century skill.
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A teacher guides young students out of a moment of conflict.
Social and Emotional Learning

The Untapped SEL Tool: Conflict

Here’s how you can use disciplinary moments to practice social and emotional learning.
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A young teacher seeks advice from a more experienced colleague.
Growth Mindset

Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too

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

Every School Should Tell Its Story

There’s value in collecting and curating the stories that unfold in our schools and our students.
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Student Engagement

3 Types of Unintentional Learning (And How to Make Them Intentional)

You can plan for soft skills, what's on your walls, and even teachable moments.
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5-Minute Film Festival

5-Minute Film Festival: The Best Education Parodies of 2016

Need a good laugh? Here are five of the best parody videos we saw this year.
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