The material available on this website is very comprehensive. All content is
organized into three categories representing three areas that the George Lucas
Education Foundation (GLEF) believes are the critical elements in public
education: Innovative Classrooms, Skillful Educators, and Involved Communities.
Topics discussed under Innovative Classrooms include assessment, project-based
learning, school-to-career, technology integration, and emotional intelligence.
Topics for Skillful Educators include ongoing professional development, teacher
preparation, technology professional development, and mentoring. Involved
Communities includes information about the digital divide, business
partnerships, community partnerships, and parental involvement. The major content themes developed for Edutopia (assessment, project-based
learning, school-to-career, and technology integration) are important at all
grade levels and across the curriculum.
One feature, the video gallery, is an archive of nearly 70 short documentaries and interviews about successful innovation in the classroom in the words of education theorists, teachers, and students. The videos of national experts and roundtable discussions provide amazing opportunities to hear words of the theorists who help determine future directions to improve education. The
quick summaries in both video and print format help us understand what the
experts deem to be their point of most significance for teaching practice. Expert interviews include Barbara Means, Grant Wiggins, Bruce Alberts, Howard Gardner, Mihaly Csikszmentmihalyi, Chris Dede, and Linda Darling-Hammond, among others. Program directors and actual examples of the theories in practice are also represented.
research summaries, and links to hundreds of relevant Web sites, books, organizations, and publications are also available to help schools and communities build on successes in education. This websitearchives and offers all of multimedia content published by the GLEF, including films, books, and newsletters, and CD-ROMS. For each of the 13 focal topics there is a summary article, a research summary, and several articles and video
or audio clips that provide examples of how a particular topic plays out in
schools and communities. Links to related materials outside of the GLEF website
are also provided. An additional feature, called ?Getting started on our site?,
provides links designed specifically for teachers, parents, administrators,
policymakers, higher ed, and community people.