George Lucas Educational Foundation
Edutopia Consulting Editor
Instructor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education
Consulting editor at Edutopia
Passionate about learning being relevant, engaging, and revolutionary
Dips into the Pacific as often as possible
Getting Out of the Essay Rut
Alternative writing assignments can be just as rigorous as the traditional essay and can spark young writers’ creativity.
Reading for Comprehension Isn’t Enough
Two strategies for teaching students to be critical of messages they encounter in texts and other media and to voice their own views.
When Teachers Experience Empathic Distress
Mindfulness and compassion are effective self-care strategies for teachers who work with students who routinely experience trauma.
Embracing the Whole Child
Fully engaging students can include using their interests in lessons, checking in on them emotionally, and being ourselves.
What Failing Students Want Us to Remember
By seeing students as more than their grades, we can enable them to reach their potential.
The Power of Admitting What We Don’t Know
When you’re teaching a new subject or age group, use these six tips to tackle what you don’t know—and leverage what you do.
A Phone Call Home Makes All the Difference
You don’t have to reserve phone calls to parents for bad news. Try these tips to deepen communication and trust with families.
Rules and Routines in the Classroom
An argument for keeping hard rules to a minimum.
Back to School
Relationships Matter More Than Rules
Community building in the classroom starts on day one. Try these strategies to begin forging strong relationships.
Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key
Teach students how to listen and ask good questions with these exercises designed to scaffold deep, meaningful collaboration.