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.

Statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, VA.
Social and Emotional Learning

When Controversy Hits Your Community

In Virginia, educators say the groundwork for addressing student responses to the recent Charlottesville protest was laid in the years before the event.
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A coach looks on as a teacher works with students.
Instructional Coaching

Coaching the Novice Teacher

Some dos and don’ts for instructional coaches striving to help new teachers make a successful start.
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The Research Is In

To Increase Voter Turnout, Start with Children

Can a program targeting social and emotional skills in children increase the odds that they’ll vote as adults? A new study says yes.
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A teacher discusses a text with her students.

4 Strategies to Model Literary Analysis

Explicit instruction in literary analysis works best when the teacher models it instead of lecturing.
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An illustration of a laptop with students sitting and standing on it, surrounded by icons that suggest social media

An Academic Use for Social Media

You can leverage micro-writing—tweets, Instagram posts, and the like—to help students improve their communication and writing skills.
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A group of students discuss a driving question with their teacher.
PBL Planning

In Search of the Driving Question

Coming up with the driving question in project-based learning is often the hard part, so we’ve got some ideas to help you craft a great one.
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Three school students crowded around a computer.
Collaborative Learning

Start the Year With Collaboration

Try these effective strategies for having students participate in group work from the very beginning of the school year.
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Three students discuss information they’re reading on a laptop.
Media Literacy

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Use these strategies to help middle and high school students identify relevance, accuracy, bias, and reliability in the content they read.
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Students in uniform sweaters sit in a classroom and write by hand.
Brain-Based Learning

The Lowdown on Longhand

Taking notes by hand helps students form deeper connections to information than they do when using a laptop.
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Learning Environments

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

A classroom designer walks you through the process of redesigning your room, with videos to inspire you.
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