George Lucas Educational Foundation

A New Day for Learning, Part Two

A Deeper Look into Four Full-Time-Learning Programs

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In our New Day for Learning initiative, we dig even deeper to highlight four full-time-learning* programs that share common elements for success: project learning, community connections, and curriculum building.

Our coverage of each program includes sample lessons, articles, videos, contacts, and other in-depth materials.

Adapt these materials for various subjects and grade levels. Teachers, administrators, civic leaders, and other professionals can use the materials to model similar after-school (or during-school) programs of their own.

To learn how to build a large-scale, citywide program, visit our module about PASA. For classroom and schoolwide programs, check out the other modules.

*Edutopia's term for the array of learning opportunities that happen during and beyond the school day.


PASA: Communities and schools form a citywide after-school system. Best for school district administrators or civic leaders. Citizen Schools: Community members train and work as mentors. Best for mentors or new teachers seeking guidance.

NatureMapping: Young students learn about science through field studies. Best for K-8 teachers, especially science teachers. Build San Francisco: Students learn real-world design and architecture skills. Best for educators in grades 8-12 teaching math or design.


Support for coverage of learning beyond the classroom is provided in part by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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