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.

  • Innovating Without Abandoning What Works

    Ideas on how teachers and school leaders can preserve time-tested teaching practices while working to incorporate new good ideas.
    Trevor Muir
  • Tips for Principals Shifting Their Schools to Distance Learning

    As teachers grapple with teaching remotely while schools are closed, principals can support their staff, students, and school communities in critical ways.
  • Getting an Accurate Assessment of Student Learning

    Administrators seeking to get a clear picture of what students are learning can start by forging good relationships with students and teachers.
  • 7 Ways to Make Teaching a More Sustainable Profession

    Tips for school leaders seeking to foster an environment that supports, engages, and motivates teachers.
  • 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.
    Holly Korbey
  • Making Sure Each Child Is Known

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

    Streamline decision-making and improve communication—and staff buy-in—with these simple strategies.
  • A Public School Makes the Case for ‘Montessori for All’

    A Title I public school in rural South Carolina is proving that Montessori education can work well anywhere.
  • Responding Calmly to Upset Parents

    When an angry email shows up in the inbox, it can be tempting to respond in kind. These five tips from a middle school principal lead to better responses.
  • The Evolution of a Trauma-Informed School

    Two years after Edutopia filmed trauma-informed practices at a Nashville school, we check in with the principal to see what has changed.
  • Portrait of a Turnaround Principal

    What does it take to turn a low-performing school around? A principal finds success by focusing on both love and high expectations.
  • 4 Tips for Principals From a Parent Who Knows the Job

    Transitioning from elementary school principal to room parent opened up a new perspective on what it means to lead a school.
  • Making Teams More Collaborative

    Simple but powerful advice: Clear roles, expectations, and reflection can improve collaboration.
  • The Benefits of Teaching for Administrators

    Teaching a class gives administrators an opportunity to develop deeper empathy and better understanding of classroom challenges.