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October 3, 2012

5 Educational Resources for Parents and Families
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New Resource Roundup! Helping Parents Get Engaged with Student Learning Experts tell us that parent involvement is one of the biggest predictors of student success at school. So where should they begin? We’ve compiled a list of articles, videos, and other resources to help families engage in a productive way with their teachers and schools.
Media and Digital Literacy for Parents Common Sense Media compiled this list of resources for families on how to help children explore digital tools smartly and stay safe.
Project-Based Learning for Parents Project-based learning can be a fantastic way for kids to get engaged with hands-on, active learning. Here’s how parents can encourage and support this teaching strategy.
Assessment and Testing for Parents We’ve compiled a list of resources to help parents understand high-stakes testing, different forms of assessment, and school achievement data.
Social and Emotional Learning for Parents There are many ways to encourage emotionally intelligent behavior in children — here’s a guide for families to learn more about character development.

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The George Lucas Educational Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation and is not a grant-making organization. However, in order to realize the potential of 21st-century education, we are fully aware that our community needs to secure grants and be aware of other exciting opportunities in education, such as the following:
  • The George Lucas Educational Foundation Grant Information List
  • The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest: This competition asks public school educators to encourage student pursuit of STEM subjects. Educators in grades 6-12 submit proposals showing how STEM can improve the environment in their communities. Then, a group of 75 semi-finalists will receive free kits to make videos responses. Technology grants of $40,000 will go to 15 schools, with the top 5 earning $110,000 grants. Deadline: October 31, 2012.
  • Goldman Sachs Essay Contest for Innovation in US Education: A $10,000 prize will be awarded for the best concept paper that answers, “What should we do to create a strong US education system that works for all, that improves student outcomes and enables our country to regain its leadership position in the field of education?” A panel of educational experts, along with the Stanford Education Club, will judge entries. Anyone is welcome to submit. Deadline: November 16, 2012.
  • The End of Bullying Begins With Me: October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) has created a number of resources that can be used with K-12 students. In addition to resources, PACER is also sponsoring several special days designed to bring awareness and educate students, with the message, “The End of Bullying Begins with Me.”




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