George Lucas Educational Foundation Celebrating our 25th Anniversary!

Latest

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.

Advertisement
A teenage boy and girl dressed in business clothes are sitting at a classroom table -- covered with opened binders filled with paper -- talking to each other.
Advisory

Student-Centered Advisory: Establishing a Positive Community

Advisory groups are "school families" that give students a time block to focus on schoolwork, college applications, personal issues, or hearing and respecting one another.
  • 1
  • 69
A young woman is sitting on the ground, painting the underside of a table orange. A young man is laying on the ground on his back, watching the woman paint.
Learning Environments

Cheap (Yet Valuable) Learning Space Redesign

Rethink classroom and campus spaces, recycle and upcycle materials, tap student ingenuity, attract charitable donors -- and remake and revitalize your school without breaking the bank.
  • 7
Six teenage students and a teacher are talking. They're sitting in a circle in chairs brought to the center of their classroom.
Student Voice

How to Amplify Student Voice: Listen

Bringing students into conversations about school change is the goal of a student-led effort that has grown from a twitter chat into a national movement.
  • 1
  • 47
Student Engagement

Building Community With Attendance Questions

Taking attendance shows which students are physically present, but asking an attendance question stretches students' minds toward actively learning as part of a classroom community.
  • 13
  • 219
An illustration of people sitting on a stack of larger-than-life red and blue textbooks labeled, "History," "Geography," "Math," "English," and "Science."
Curriculum Planning

Curriculum Conversations: 7 Do's and Don'ts

While student input matters when creating curriculum, it's critical to manage their involvement and expectations in determining what and how they'll learn.
  • 9
  • 168
An illustration two women in safari gear. One is holding a vine, standing near a mountain cliff, extending her hand to another woman swinging on a vine towards her.
Social and Emotional Learning

Teachers, Students, and the Hero's Journey

Joseph Campbell's monomyth of the Hero's Journey maps easily onto the annual cycle of growth, struggle, crisis, and opportunity faced by every teacher and student in every classroom.
  • 2
  • 132
Education Equity

Teaching Toward Consciousness

To create equity in their schools, educators must seek to validate and acknowledge students, expose and reveal the unseen, encourage questioning, and facilitate reflection.
  • 397
A group of young toddlers are sitting on a classroom floor, looking at tablets.
BYOD

6 Must-Have Creation Tools for the BYOD Classroom

If you're looking to turn your students into creators, consider introducing them to Seesaw, Adobe Spark, eduBuncee, Drawp for School, KidBlog, and Google Drive.
  • 3
  • 411
A rack of postcards from New Mexico
Literacy

The Power of the Postcard

Postcards may seem like relics of the snail-mail age, but they can still provide an exciting, fascinating entree into literacy for new readers and writers.
  • 3
A person is holding a smartphone with Pokemon Go showing on their screen. They're taking a picture of someone bent over, holding a coffee cup, and touching a purple rat Pokemon.
Game-Based Learning

Pokémon Go... and Global Success Skills?

Harness the immersive game Pokémon Go to engage your students in the skills required for collaboration, inquiry, written communication, and building culture.
  • 6
  • 100

Pages