George Lucas Educational Foundation

Andrew Simmons

Public High School Teacher and Writer

Andrew Simmons lives in Oakland, teaches high school English, and writes for The Atlantic, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, and other publications.

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    • Mental Health

      As Teen Stress Increases, Teachers Look for Answers

      Seventy percent of teens say stress is a major problem. Research backs that up—and teachers are beginning to offer solutions.
    • Career and Technical Education

      Modernizing Career and Technical Education

      As jobs increasingly require new skills, high schools revive programs that help students explore careers in the course of their studies.
    • Character Education

      National Conversations Are Classroom Conversations

      Amid a national controversy, a teacher leans on literature to help students make sense of events.
    • Classroom Management

      Why Students Cheat—and What to Do About It

      A teacher seeks answers from researchers and psychologists. 
    • Community Partnerships

      Can Affordable Housing Ease Teacher Turnover?

      Hoping to entice teachers to stick with the job, communities experiment with bold new housing programs.
    • Career and Technical Education

      Teacher Recruitment Starting in High School

      From Mississippi to Hawaii, new programs recruit high school students to become teachers.