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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Paula Prentis

Licensed social worker and co-author of www.YourSelfSeries.com, a free resource for teens and the people who inspire them. The curriculum consists of a series of books for teens that helps them with identity formation and social and emotional skill development. The books are taught experientially and the program offers PBL throughout. Our philosophy is that academics alone do not create a purposeful and meaningful life. A sense of self, a connection with others, and the ability to manage social and emotional difficulties are more powerful indicators of future success and happiness. So that is what our program focuses on, in an interactive, student-led format. I absolutely love what I do and hope that more schools across the country adopt the whole self approach to education.

Areas of Interest: 
Teen identity development,
cognitive behavior therapy,
cognitive science