George Lucas Educational Foundation

Character Education

Learn how to help children develop traits like initiative, perseverance, and empathy to be successful and contribute positively to their communities.

  • Learning to Measure the Size of a Problem

    When elementary students compare the relative importance of a range of problems, they learn to take charge of their reactions.
  • Building a Culture of Kindness With a Day of Service

    When Maryland middle school students spend a day focusing on helping others, they see their own capacity to make a difference in their community.
  • Simple Ways to Encourage Kindness in Students of All Ages

    With Random Acts of Kindness Day approaching, here are 5 easy ways to promote kindness across all age groups.
    Laura Lee
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
  • Weekly Circles for Students and Faculty

    See what happens when students and faculty participate in regular meetings to build trust and promote deeper learning.
  • 13 Powerful SEL Activities

    Build social and emotional skills into any class.
    Emelina Minero
  • Getting Their Hands Dirty

    Experiential learning—like making incense sticks in factory conditions—teaches kids about real social issues.
  • 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.
  • Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

    Encouraging student commitment ultimately brings better results than the external motivations of reward or punishment. These seven self-persuasion strategies will get you started.
  • Rejecting the ‘Mean Girl’ Framework

    Ideas for guiding girls toward positive interactions with each other.
  • Creating a Learning Environment Where All Kids Feel Valued

    A five-step exercise on identity and belonging helps middle school students appreciate differences—in themselves and in their peers. 
  • Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

    Use young children’s understanding of differences to teach social justice through age-appropriate literature, news stories, anti-bias lessons, familiar examples, and problem solving.
  • Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

    Explore resources and case studies that demonstrate how to bring restorative justice to your school or classroom.
  • Motivating the Unmotivated

    A group of elementary or middle school students are unruly, disrespectful, and underperforming academically and socially in the classroom. They do not appreciate the value of education. The teacher, despite good intentions and passion, is viewed as an adversarial or irrelevant authority figure. The students are unwilling to participate in tutoring or traditional mentoring programs. So what can be done?
  • Behavior Expectations and How to Teach Them

    Instead of assigning disciplinary consequences when students don't meet behavior expectations, why not deal them as we would deal with academic failures and missteps?

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