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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

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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Examples That Work

Bilingual Program: Academic Content in Two Languages
Casey Middle School | Grades 6-8

Native English and Spanish speakers come together in Casey Middle's Bilingual Program, tutoring one another as they study core subjects and electives in both languages.

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Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning

At Symonds Elementary, teachers use morning meetings to develop valuable social-emotional skills, create a culture of respect and trust, and prepare students to learn.

3 8,542 70,454 views
Two boys and a girl at the river talking about a water sample
Casey Middle School | Grades 6-8

With approaches as diverse as inquiry-based science, bilingual education, and a language arts/fitness class, Casey Middle's lively, engaging culture of learning prepares students for high school and beyond.

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Social Media: Making Connections Through Twitter

At Albemarle County Public Schools, teachers use social media to get ideas for their classroom, for professional development, and to connect student learning to the real world.

2 1,179 32,037 views
Teacher working with young students on laptops

Social media is becoming an essential tool for professional growth, curriculum planning, and student engagement. Twitter, Instagram, Skype, and other platforms offer endless educational possibilities.

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Girl with laptop laying on the floor with a pillow; other students in background working at tables

From makerspaces and curriculum to the use of social media, flexible classrooms, and instructional coaches, Albemarle gives students the life-long learning skills they'll require to succeed as 21st-century learners, workers, and citizens.

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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation.

15 5,599 66,704 views

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Anatomy of a Project: Kinetic Conundrum

Art, history, engineering, language arts, and technology, both old and new, come together for eighth grade students in this rich project learning expedition at King Middle School in Portland, Maine.

2 84 13,047 views
An Early Start on Financial Literacy Pays Off

A financial-literacy curriculum provides real-world context for learning and helps students directly connect school with their future goals.

4 538 15,730 views
Series Reading: Tracking, Rewarding, and Encouraging Literacy

At Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, 100 percent of the fifth-grade students are meeting grade-level fluency standards in reading.

26 1,455 4,700 views
Instructional Coaching:  Driving Meaningful Tech Integration
Hampton High School | Grades 9-12

With Hampton High's tech instructional coach, teachers have found a confidant, subject-area expert, co-teacher, and PD coordinator at their fingertips, enhancing smart, school-wide tech integration.

2,373 23,364 views
Anatomy of a Project: Give Me Shelter

Juniors at Casco Bay High School, in Portland, Maine, explore homelessness by working in teams to make audio slide-show portraits.

3 101 8,940 views
A principal and two teachers listening

At Cochrane Collegiate Academy, teachers credit their principal with helping them continually improve their practice through effective PD, ongoing support, and mutual trust.

3 386 17,048 views
Performance-Based Assessment: Engaging Students in Chemistry
Hampton High School | Grades 9-12

In Hampton High's PBA Chemistry Research Project, students create a model of their compound, produce a video about it, and defend it in a debate.

1,185 25,305 views

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