George Lucas Educational Foundation
Joshua Block

Joshua Block

Humanities teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia

Public school Humanities Teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia who passionately believes in education as a tool to help people understand and transform their realities.

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  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
    An American teacher shares a lesson learned during time he spent in New Zealand schools.
  • Student Engagement
    Bringing choice into your classroom helps you give your students chances to create work that matters to them.
  • Education Equity
    To create equity in their schools, educators must seek to validate and acknowledge students, expose and reveal the unseen, encourage questioning, and facilitate reflection.
  • Student Voice
    High school teacher Josh Block interviews a graduating student to examine the complex dynamic of collaboration and supporting someone else through the creative and intellectual processes.
  • Literacy
    Move beyond the five-paragraph essay. Bring school writing to life through freewriting, peer reviews, and allowing students to include relevant memories and vivid descriptions.
  • Teaching Strategies
    Through quick, deep, frequent conversations, teachers can understand students' ideas and support their challenges, act as a guide, and help identify models and sources of inspiration.
  • Education Equity
    By making classrooms places where real-world work and thinking happen, we encourage inquiry, conversation, and conflict in hopes of creating something better for our students.
  • School Climate
    By intentionally building community, respecting students' human needs, and modeling what we value, we help students experience school as a place of belonging and transformation.
  • Project-Based Learning
    The perfect PBL experience is ever-changing, so be ready to ask questions, reflect, and revamp your approach while showing complete faith in your students' abilities.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
    Foster deep learning experiences for your students by using inquiry, seeking lessons and projects that inspire, always asking "why?", and letting them loose on projects.