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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Our flagship series highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn.

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By using real-world problems as projects for children to solve, Crellin Elementary empowers, engages, and excites students about what they can learn and how they can use that knowledge.

Examples That Work

High Tech High's Vocational and Academic Model
High Tech High School | Grades 9-12

High Tech High School's four academies provide students with a range of vocational majors, connecting them with real-world contexts and teaching 21st-century skills.

1,043 12,312 views
Integrated Learning: Broadcasting and Social Studies
High Tech High School | Grades 9-12

Engage history students with the challenge of creating and producing their own radio program to share their knowledge and ideas with a wide audience.

1 2,535 20,077 views
Integrated Learning: One Project, Several Disciplines
High Tech High School | Grades 9-12

For any project within a vocational major, High Tech High encourages teachers and students to include relevant content from other subject areas to enhance real-world connections.

2 2,398 17,305 views
Freshman Orientation: A Year of Gentle Transition
High Tech High School | Grades 9-12

In an ungraded weekly seminar throughout their freshman year, incoming students at High Tech High School learn about each other, themselves, and their academic community.

1,558 15,490 views
Small Group Work With "I Choose"
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

When teachers began asking for time to work with students in small groups, Humboldt Elementary found the time for them.

6 9,178 34,926 views
Sharing Data to Create Stronger Parent Partnerships
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

By sending home detailed data reports that focus on a specific skill, Humboldt opens a two-way line of communication with parents about their child's learning.

4 1,989 25,869 views
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

Humboldt Elementary, a school once on the verge of being labeled under-performing, turned to data to move the bar on student success.

20 3,524 20,296 views


Arts Integration for Deeper Learning in Middle School
Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

Critical thinking, risk taking, and collaboration are just some of the areas where Bates Middle School educators report big improvements since integrating the arts.

6 2,657 58,095 views

At King Middle School and Casco Bay High School, in Portland, Maine, every student works in a widely hailed project-learning method called expeditionary learning. Discover what your school can learn.

2 132 28,167 views

At one New Tech Network high school, strategies backed by research make project-based learning effective and engaging for teachers and students.

2 1,056 28,167 views

Expert advice on shifting from brick and mortar to bytes and bits.

13 575 26,825 views
Student-Led Conferences: Empowerment and Ownership

Putting students in the driver's seat of their parent-teacher conferences creates opportunities for reflection, engagement, and agency.

4 3,447 15,397 views
Mc2 Stem High School | Grades 9-12

Knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be the key to a successful future. Here's why a STEM education matters and how you can inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

7 2,862 26,155 views
Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

Arts integration helps kids connect and feel safe on the bumpy road to learning.

4 721 25,987 views


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