George Lucas Educational Foundation

Laura Lee

Laura Lee is an editor and writer. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies. She worked as an educator with a civic education organization and then as a program administrator for two Fulbright grant programs.

She received her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007. Laura briefly strayed from her Tar Heel allegiance in 2011 to obtain a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland where she was an Eleanor Merrill Fellow. She worked at NPR producing content for the Washington desk, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation. As assistant news director and then managing editor at WUNC North Carolina Public Radio, she oversaw production of a live daily show, The State of Things. She was the content director and managing editor for EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.

Posts

  • Brain-Based Learning

    7 Guiding Principles For Parents Teaching From Home

    Understanding the “why” behind teaching practices can help parents create meaningful and effective at-home learning opportunities during the pandemic.
  • Literacy

    How To Maximize the Benefits of Individual Reading Conferences

    Listening to a student read is great formative assessment that gives the teacher a clear sense of how to help them improve.
  • Resilience and Grit

    The Difference Between Productive Struggle and Spinning Your Wheels

    Identifying when students are repeating problems but not actually progressing towards mastery can help educators refine their instruction.
  • Literacy

    Why Reading Aloud to Middle School Students Works

    The benefits of reading aloud aren’t limited to elementary students. One middle school teacher explains how “read-alongs” improve comprehension and boost engagement.
  • Character Education

    Simple Ways to Encourage Kindness in Students of All Ages

    With Random Acts of Kindness Day approaching, here are 5 easy ways to promote kindness across all age groups.
  • Arts Integration

    Transforming a School Through Arts Integration

    Structuring a school around the arts can help students excel academically and develop social and emotional skills.
  • Collaborative Learning

    4 Strategies to Improve Group Work

    Many teachers believe that group work is valuable for students but still struggle to implement it. Here’s how to avoid common pitfalls.
  • Literacy

    Schoolwide Strategies for Promoting a Love of Reading

    A literacy consultant explains how schools can encourage all students to share the joy of reading.
  • School Leadership

    7 Tips for Effective School Leadership

    Streamline decision-making and improve communication—and staff buy-in—with these simple strategies.
  • Mental Health

    Helping Students Return to School After a Mental Health Crisis

    Returning to school after a mental health crisis can be hard for students, but setting aside space and time for recovery can help them adjust.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    A Simple Practice Yields Big Results in Middle School for Less Than $2

    A new study shows how a low-cost writing exercise improves the sense of belonging for incoming middle school students.
  • Teacher Development

    Teaching Isn’t a Personality Contest

    One way to become an exceptional teacher is to focus less on traits like humor and charisma and more on self-awareness and interactions with students.
  • Student Engagement

    How to Increase Participation by Asking Better Questions

    Framing questions the right way—and scaffolding the right kinds of responses—can help teachers avoid blank stares and awkward silences.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Optimizing Station Rotations in Blended Learning

    Using three stations effectively—teacher-led, online, and offline—should provide your students with plenty of ways to collaborate.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Simple Ways to Integrate Four Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies

    Jennifer Gonzalez talks with a researcher and a teacher to tackle the science—and the logistics—behind teaching strategies like spaced practice and interleaving.