George Lucas Educational Foundation

Student Wellness

Whether through physical education, health education, or health and nutrition policy within a school, learn about ways to promote and maintain student wellness.

  • Lessons Learned During the Pandemic

    Teachers have worked fast to meet the demands of this moment, but as they get a chance to slow down and reflect, some lessons are clear—like the primacy of relationships.
    Katy Farber
  • The Science Behind Brain Breaks

    Research shows that breaks can provide more than rest. Use them to boost creativity, cognitive function, and social skills.
  • Designing a Meaningful Graduation Ritual in Quarantine

    In-person high school commencement ceremonies are canceled—but seniors can still mark the transition in a meaningful way.
  • The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

    Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.
  • Schools Are Opening Worldwide, Providing a Model for the U.S.

    Children are returning to school in countries that are weeks—or months—ahead of the U.S. in battling Covid-19. Here’s how it’s happening.
  • 7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure

    Suddenly, you’re not in the same physical space as your students. We asked teachers to share strategies for maintaining relationships—both peer-to-peer and student-teacher—when everything’s gone remote.
    Sarah Gonser
  • The Importance of Recess

    Recess is often sacrificed to make room for more academics. The research says that’s a big mistake.
  • During Coronavirus, a Teacher Describes the Scramble to Go Digital

    In Bergen County, New Jersey, just outside New York City, a school closure pushes teachers to confront the challenges of online learning.
  • The Role of Emotion Co-Regulation in Discipline

    Helping students regain their calm after misbehavior doesn’t mean there are no consequences—it ensures that the right lesson is learned.
  • What Past Education Emergencies Tell Us About Our Future

    With schools closed in 185 countries, experts who’ve studied school emergencies around the world share insights about the impact on kids.
  • Focusing on Student Well-Being in Times of Crisis

    One teacher recommends supporting student safety through three Cs: communication, consistency, and control.
  • There’s an App for That—School Counseling and SEL Go Online

    From virtual counseling to wellness apps, school districts are increasingly turning to “telehealth” to meet students’ mental health needs during the pandemic.
  • Why Recess Should Never Be Withheld as Punishment

    Experts argue that recess is necessary for a child's social and academic development, and skipping it as punishment for misbehavior or to accommodate more seat time is a serious mistake.
  • Pediatricians on Balancing Screen Time, Sleep, and Family During Coronavirus

    Don’t worry too much about screen time, pediatricians say, but make sure it’s not interfering with sleep and relationships.
  • 2019 Education Research Highlights

    Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? Here’s a look at the big questions that researchers tackled this year.