George Lucas Educational Foundation

School Leadership

Discover the challenges, strategies, and triumphs of troubleshooting, guiding, and inspiring not just a classroom, but an entire academic community.

  • School Leadership

    3 Counterintuitive Truths About Great Schools

    Pat Ryan, tech entrepreneur and founder of Alain Locke Charter School in Chicago, on the characteristics shared by schools that close the achievement gap.
  • Professional Development

    A Teacher-Centric Approach to PD

    Micro-credentialing is a system that lets teachers choose their professional development—and pays them for it.
  • School Climate

    Student-Led Culture Change

    A look at some ways administrators can foster active participation by students in improving school culture.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    The Power of Being Seen

    How well do you know your students? In a Nevada school, a simple strategy pushes teachers to look beyond the lessons.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Making Sure Each Child Is Known

    A middle school in Nevada uses a simple strategy to build deeper connections between teachers and students.
  • School Leadership

    The Importance of Self-Care for Administrators

    School leaders benefit from setting up and maintaining a system of support to help them meet the many challenges of the job.
  • School Leadership

    Building a Positive Staff Culture Takes Work

    If schools want a strong collegial atmosphere, they need to foster it intentionally—both across the school and on smaller scales.
  • Assessment

    Will Letter Grades Survive?

    A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.
  • Education Trends

    8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

    Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of '50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education,' a new book by David Berliner and Gene Glass, two of the country’s most highly respected educational researchers.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    The Big Picture: Integrating SEL Across a District

    The 168 schools in the Nashville district collaborate to bolster school culture and instruction with social and emotional learning.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students

    Punitive discipline can be harmful and unfair—restorative practices offer hopeful solutions.
  • School Climate

    When Leaders Seek First to Understand

    Supporting teachers by listening to their needs is key to creating a strong collegial culture and retaining great teachers.
  • Professional Development

    Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

    PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.
  • School Leadership

    5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

    Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz addresses teacher burnout with suggestions for both educators and administrators. Her tips include an ongoing attitude of professional development, including all stakeholders when things change, and maintaining a personal life.