George Lucas Educational Foundation

Suzie Boss

Journalist and PBL advocate

I'm a journalist who writes about the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. Author of Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World and co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, I'm inspired by educators who push the boundaries of the traditional classroom. I'm on the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education, and have also helped nonprofit organizations design programs that teach both youth and adults how to improve their communities with innovative, sustainable solutions.

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  • Project-Based Learning

    Podcasting Creates an Audience for Student Storytellers

    A six-phase process for podcast design guides students to an engaging final product in an interdisciplinary project-based learning unit.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    One School's Uncompromising Take on Student Choice

    At this Reggio Emilia-inspired elementary school, children take the lead in structuring their schooling.
  • Literacy

    Gaming as a Tool for Narrative Writing

    Teachers are leveraging the power of gaming to turn even reluctant student writers into enthusiastic storytellers.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

    Twenty ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.
  • PBL Planning

    10 Ready-to-Borrow Project Ideas

    As you consider the following project possibilities, ask yourself: Would this project help my students meet important learning goals? Would my students find it engaging?
  • Teacher Development

    Teaching Kids to Argue—Respectfully

    Tools and resources for teaching controversial topics and building students’ argumentation skills.
  • School Leadership

    A Small Town School Embraces a Big Vision

    A determined superintendent looks to transform student lives in his rural Kentucky hometown.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Playful Inquiry for Elementary Students

    Six suggestions for bringing a key idea from a Reggio Emilia–inspired school to your K–5 classroom.
  • Teacher Development

    3 Reads to Inspire Your Teaching Practice

    Find ideas on student engagement, deeper inquiry, and project-based learning, whether you read on your own or in a book study group.
  • Professional Development

    3 Ways to Unlock the Wisdom of Colleagues

    Sometimes the best ideas are inside your own school. Here are three thoughtful practices to find—and share—inspiration from your peers.
  • Place-Based Learning

    A Place-Based Approach to PBL

    A veteran teacher and author discusses how to bring fieldwork into your project-based learning curriculum.
  • Education Trends

    Sharing Student Work Beyond the Classroom

    The Share Your Learning campaign highlights the value of having students present their work to authentic audiences.
  • Global Education

    Giving Students’ Empathy Muscles a Workout

    A new platform helps teachers in different countries connect their classrooms and encourage an appreciation for different perspectives.
  • Project-Based Learning

    How Can We Successfully Land a Rover on Mars?

    The classic egg drop experiment gets reinvented as a driving question for physics students to explore a real-world problem.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Helping Students Become Engaged Citizens

    Project ideas to help your students realize the impact they can have on their community and beyond.