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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10 Free Apps and Tools for Starting Out (and Staying) Organized

Choose from among these options—all free!—to develop a system for staying on top of student work, lesson plans, and resource ideas.
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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Getting to Know Students Deeply

Teachers can improve outcomes and build equity in the classroom by listening closely to their students. Here are six ways to do that.
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School Leadership

Getting Your School to Speak With One Voice

School leaders: Promote your school’s message with a back-to-school communications plan that shares your challenges and achievements.
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5-Minute Film Festival

5-Minute Film Festival: Teaching With 360-Degree Videos

Check out these immersive 360-degree videos you can use in your classroom—no special equipment needed.
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Personal Learning Network

Join Us for a Twitter Chat on Flexible Classrooms

Edutopia hosted our first Twitter chat on Wednesday, August 9, at 4 p.m. PDT. Follow #edutopiachat to participate.
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Two girls chat during a short transition break in class.
Classroom Management

Making Transitions Work for Students and Teachers

Transitions can be a time to give students agency to meet their own social and emotional needs without being disruptive.
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A teacher shares a book with young students.
Character Education

Doorways Into Activism

Books can give children an entry point to taking action in the outside world by providing examples of how to address bullying, bias, and injustice.
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Children in a classroom talk to a writer who appears on a screen via video chat.

Bringing Authors Into Your Classroom

Video chats with published writers will inspire your students to read and write more.
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Classroom Technology

Digital Tools and Distraction in School

We should be deliberately teaching middle and high school students how to manage their devices.
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Communication Skills

Learning to Hook an Audience

The author’s fifth-grade students practiced a variety of skills in order to make 25-minute verbal and visual presentations on their inquiry-based projects.
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