George Lucas Educational Foundation

Matt Levinson

Head of School, University Prep

Matt Levinson is the Head of School at University Prep in Seattle and is the author of From Fear to Facebook: One School's Journey.

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  • Formative Assessment

    Hit the Mark With Digital Media Exit Cards

    Exit cards can be easy—and sometimes even fun—for students to create with a variety of digital tools.
  • Assessment

    Play as a Test Prep Tool

    Use these games built around standardized tests to build engagement and fuel learning.
  • Teaching Strategies

    The Election and the Educator

    During a contentious election season, a teacher's best strategy may be encouraging healthy, informed debate among students while withholding his or her own views.
  • Assessment

    4 Tips to Build Student Confidence

    Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson, recognizing that students get overwhelmed by unfamiliar material and choke up on assessments, offers four confidence-building strategies: verbalizing, brain dumps, non-linear thinking creativity.
  • Integrated Studies

    Transdisciplinarity: Thinking Inside and Outside the Box

    Students experience deeper learning and start thinking outside the box when their teachers collaborate to present different aspects of the same subject across various disciplines.
  • Technology Integration

    Face-to-Face vs. Online Learning: Why Is It Either/Or?

    Communication skills and growth mindset are critical in adopting a schoolwide online program because, regardless of the technology, these skills are the heart of learning.
  • Game-Based Learning

    Simulations Can Change the Course of History . . . Classes

    Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson shares a professional development tactic from master history teacher Eric Rothschild, describing how, by engaging his AP European history class in role play, he brought the subject to life for the students.
  • Education Trends

    The Coaching Model

    Schools can learn a lesson from sports coaches about the value of personalized instruction for identifying areas of growth and optimizing student performance.
  • Education Trends

    O Captain! My Captain! Where Has Teaching Gone?

    To understand the changing nature of 21st-century teaching, consider how these elements define your school culture: scheduling, budget, programming, and student POV.
  • Teaching Strategies

    To Teach Students First

    Meet diverse learners' needs through a range of classroom strategies that includes lecture, discussion, experiential learning, games, student presentations, technology integration, and free response writing.
  • Student Engagement

    The Need for Adaptation in Schools

    To meet Generation Z in their information-rich, results-oriented world, educators must think about adapting a new game plan to serve a new breed of student.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    Next Generation Learning: Bringing Student Agency Back to Schooling

    The internet has enabled students to follow their passions toward self-directed learning. How can we, as educators, fold that learning back into their schooling experience?
  • Technology Integration

    Technology in Schools: Defining the Terms

    Principal and blogger Matt Levinson suggests that, if we're going to talk about technology in schools, we should begin by coming to a general agreement about what technology is.
  • Education Trends

    The Strategic Imperative for Schools: Technology as Connector

    If schools hope to prepare students for an unknown future, they must make technology easy to use -- through hardware, software, mindset, and practice.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create

    Students are more likely to engage with a unit of study they've co-created. Matt Levinson suggests an eight-step example for how in the history classroom.