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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Online Learning

It's Time to Start an Online Program

Online programs are becoming easier to integrate because, with each year, districts have more successful models to follow and more resources from which to choose.
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School Libraries

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
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Education Trends

O Captain! My Captain! Where Has Teaching Gone?

To understand the changing nature of 21st-century teaching, consider how these elements define your school culture: scheduling, budget, programming, and student POV.
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Game-Based Learning

Engaging Students with Social Game Mechanics

In-class games can build social-emotional, collaboration, and problem-solving skills when they bring students face-to-face for trading, arguing, judging, persuading, guessing, and bluffing.
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Student Engagement

Who Wants to Know? Use Student Questions to Drive Learning

As students get more confident asking questions in class, they'll be better prepared to take their questioning attitude into the world.
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Making Sense of Words That Don't

Introduce your students to the world of etymology and morphemes as they become linguistic detectives solving the mysteries of those puzzling "sight words."
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What's the Point of Assessment?

For meaningful, effective assessment, teachers must clarify expectations, differentiate to ensure student success, and make the test less of a statement about their teaching.
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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Educate to Liberate: Build an Anti-Racist Classroom

Teachers must recognize and empower students with backgrounds different from their own, including their voices in the conversation and validating their experiences and perspectives.
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Teacher Development

An Educator's Time-Management Strategy: Just Say No

It's no secret that educators are often stretched thin. Here are some suggestions for saying "no" so you'll have more time to say "yes" to the things that matter.
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Education Trends

A Delectable and Academically Integrated School Lunch?

NYC's Calhoun School serves healthy lunches that are educational, affordable, and eagerly anticipated by students. Their lead chef also describes how the program is scalable.
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