George Lucas Educational Foundation

After-School Learning

Discover how activities and learning opportunities beyond the school day can make a difference for some kids.

  • Sparking Curiosity About STEM

    A monthly after-school activity guides students to have fun exploring science, technology, engineering, and math.
    Alessandra King
  • Using Science to Bring Literature to Life

    Combining science and literature can help students engage more deeply with both subjects.
  • A Giant Maker Project

    K–12 students design and build 10-foot-tall puppets for a production of The BFG, and learn collaboration, engineering, and design thinking in the process.
  • Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

    Art and music are key to student development.
    Fran Smith
  • Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

    Middle school English language arts teacher Hassan Mansaray shares how he uses an individualized learning model, Readers and Writers Workshop, to reach his students in an expanded learning time program.
  • Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources

    To help combat summer learning loss, Matt Davis has curated a few fun and free education resources for students and parents to use over summer break. 
  • Lesson 5: Teaching Directions, Maps, and Coordinates

    Give students a lesson in navigation -- from the points of the compass to GPS mapping.
  • 5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

    An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.
  • Resources for Building Community Partnerships

    Learn how schools can benefit from the support and expertise of local businesses, organizations, and individuals, and discover strategies for fostering successful business and community partnerships.
  • How to Get Free Teaching Materials

    In this tough economy, funding for classroom supplies is growing increasingly scarce. Even in good times, K-12 public school teachers can easily dole out $500-$1,000 of their own money a year for supplies. Rather than reaching deeper into your own pockets, here are some grassroots tips from creative educators for getting free supplies despite budget cuts, and leads to organizations that help teachers get the goods they need.
  • Kinesthetic Learning: Moving Toward a New Model for Education

    Kinesthetic learning, especially for middle school girls, connects the act of acquiring knowledge with physical movement, breaking through the barriers of self-image and perceived limitations.
  • What Makes a Successful Tutor?

    Seth Linden, founder and CEO at Tutorpedia, looks at the relationships and interactions with students, teachers and parents that make for the ultimate measure of a tutor's success.
  • Conquering the Multitasking Brain Drain

    Contrary to popular belief, multitasking interferes with the quality of learning. These suggestions can help students recognize that scattered focus isn't their friend during homework time.
  • Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Let's Talk Tech

    Four content-creation tool categories -- screencasting, tablets, document cameras, and video cameras -- will help your students take flipped learning outside of the classroom.
  • Garden-Based Learning

    School and community gardens can be used for academic enrichment, where students can learn about nutrition, food security, and ecological sustainability.