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.

  • For Leaders, Getting Real Buy-In for School Initiatives

    Want stakeholders to embrace a new school initiative? You better come prepared.
    Laura Lee
  • The Value of Coaching for Instructional Leaders

    A look at how coaching—a form of PD known to be effective for teachers—benefits principals and other instructional leaders.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How to Address Tough Topics in Staff Meetings

    A structured process can help administrators and teachers discuss topics they’d often rather avoid, from equity issues to team dynamics.
  • A Public School Transitions to Montessori

    In rural South Carolina, a Title I school makes the leap to become a Montessori school.
  • 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.
  • Will Letter Grades Survive?

    A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.
  • 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.
  • Building Teams That Stay

    Appreciating teachers and helping them cultivate resilience can help administrators reduce turnover in their schools.
  • Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students

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