George Lucas Educational Foundation

Back to School

It's a brand-new year, chock-full of new opportunities! Gear up with strategies, tools, and resources for heading back to school.

  • Breaking the Ice With Student-Made Videos

    Combining the six-word memoir with a film containing six shots gives students a way to introduce themselves at the beginning of the year.
    Marcos Cortez
  • A Little Prep Goes a Long Way

    A bit of logistical work in the classroom can help new teachers wrap up for summer—and ease the back to school crunch as well.
  • Simple Ways to Support Your Teachers at the Start of the Year

    Solutions that administrators can implement ahead of time to resolve four common challenges teachers face as a school year begins.
  • Relationships Matter More Than Rules

    Community building in the classroom starts on day one. Try these strategies to begin forging strong relationships.
    Rebecca Alber
  • Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher

    Back-to-school content is usually focused on teachers and students, and as these two groups will have the largest workload ahead of them, that makes sense. But for students, the ultimate support system is not an expert teacher, but an informed and supportive family.
  • SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

    SMART goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, rigorous, and tracked. Help your students develop them through a series of ongoing peer interviews.
  • Rules and Routines in the Classroom

    An argument for keeping hard rules to a minimum.
  • Outstanding in Your Field: What It Takes to Be a Great Teacher

    How does one advance from good teaching into greatness? It takes a tremendous deal of reflection and the will to change.
  • The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

    Calling students’ parents or guardians with good news encourages more good behavior and creates strong teacher-student bonds.
  • A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

    It's conventional wisdom that different types of instruction require different seating arrangements. It's also a no-brainer that classrooms should be inviting, environments that make students feel good to be there. Unfortunately, over the years I've visited classroom after classroom where conventional wisdom appeared to be disregarded. So here's a short course.
  • 4 Things Transformational Teachers Do

    Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.
  • 7 Essential Elementary Classroom Zones

    Setting up some or all of these zones in your elementary classroom will help you and your students make the best use of your shared space.
  • How to Remember Students’ Names

    Instead of resorting to “Hey, you,” try these techniques for retrieving names.