George Lucas Educational Foundation

Fundraising and Supplies

Find tips and ideas to get needed resources for your school or classroom.

  • 3 Elementary Classroom Hacks

    A teacher explains strategies she once used with first graders, with updates from her current perspective teaching fourth grade.
  • 3 Elementary Classroom Hacks

    A teacher explains strategies she once used with first graders, with updates from her current perspective teaching fourth grade.
  • 8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

    A classroom designer walks you through the process of redesigning your room, with videos to inspire you.
  • Travel Grants and Fellowships for Educators

    Money is available to help fund teachers’ professional trips. Here are some resources to help you find and apply for grants and fellowships.
  • 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.
  • Elementary Classroom Hacks: Big Ideas at Little Cost

    With things like old keyboards, inexpensive aprons, free paint store supplies, and a little imagination, you can creatively customize your classroom environment to maximize learning.
  • 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.
  • Cheap (Yet Valuable) Learning Space Redesign

    Rethink classroom and campus spaces, recycle and upcycle materials, tap student ingenuity, attract charitable donors -- and remake and revitalize your school without breaking the bank.
  • 6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace

    Guest blogger Paloma Garcia-Lopez, Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative, provides six strategies for funding a makerspace.
  • Free Resources and Tools for "Authentic" Assessment

    New York's School of the Future shares their assessment plans and rubrics, classroom projects, schedules, web links, and other resources to help you implement "authentic" assessment today.
  • Tips and Resources for Funding an SEL Program

    When funding your SEL program, whether through government or private sources, remember that relationships, partnerships, and united fronts matter, and that vision and flexibility are critical.
  • Free Resources and Downloads for Project Learning

    Educators from Maine have shared details about their administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials you may adapt for your class, school, or school district.
  • Top 10 Benefits of Using Free Software

    Open source enthusiast Shahzad Saeed makes a strong case for the educational benefits of software that isn't bundled with a corporate agenda.
  • Building Your Own Textbook

    Blogger Audrey Watters looks at the digital possibilities for customizing and updating texts -- at a fraction of what the hard copy would cost.