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 Climate

    Student-Led Culture Change

    A look at some ways administrators can foster active participation by students in improving school culture.
  • School Leadership

    Staying Mission Focused as a Leader

    School leaders can resist the urge to micromanage by focusing on the most important goal: helping students and teachers succeed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students

    Punitive discipline can be harmful and unfair—restorative practices offer hopeful solutions.
  • 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.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout

    Whether you’re a new teacher or a veteran, try these tips for taking care of yourself and staying energized throughout the school year.