Author Archives: Jessica Lura

About Jessica Lura

I am the director of strategic initiatives and partnerships at public K-8 charter school in Northern California. I work to integrate technology and hands-on learning into the classroom. I develop and lead professional development for my school, helping teachers develop project-based learning and design thinking units, integrate technology and digital citizenship in the classroom, and create opportunities for real world interactions and projects. For my efforts, I was named Santa Clara County's Office of Education Charter School Teacher of Year for 2013 and a 2014 Comcast All-Star Teacher. I am also a 2014 Google Certified Teacher.

Making Connections

Travel not only helps you widen your understanding of the world, it allows you to deepen understanding you already have. Visiting schools in other countries provides a window into the students’ lives and provides a point of reflection about our educational system and our lives. Continue reading

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As I set off with my trusty backpack…

I am an explorer. People who know me wouldn’t disagree with the statement and would probably point to my love of travel as evidence. But I would argue that I travel because I am an explorer, not that I am … Continue reading

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Teaching Global Competency

Does your school focus on making sure students are ready for a global society? What skills, attitudes, and knowledge is taught? What is missing? Will your students have the skills necessary to be successful and active participants in college and … Continue reading

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