George Lucas Educational Foundation

Van Ness Elementary School

Public, Urban
Grades PreK-3
Washington, DC
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Making Connections With Greetings at the Door

    Research shows that greeting students as they come into class bolsters a feeling of belonging and readiness to learn.
  • Classroom Management

    Demonstrating Self-Regulation With Tone of Voice

    When teachers model self-regulation by using a voice that is calm, neutral, and assertive, they help students feel cared for—and ready to learn.
  • Mental Health

    Activating the Brain With Movement Breaks

    Research has shown that short movement breaks help students get focused, improving both skill-building and knowledge retention.
  • Mental Health

    Creating a Positive Learning Environment

    When students’ mental, emotional, and physical needs are met, they’re more likely to love school—and they learn more.