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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

Mom and son reading at home
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

Positioned in Dewey-Humboldt, a small town with a rich mining history, Humboldt Elementary used to be known as the "little school down the hill." Fifteen years ago, expectations for its students were low, and it was a fraction of a point from bein

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Student listening to a man explain something at the computer in an architect's office
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

Personalized learning means student agency, defining curriculum by real-life skills, defining learning expectations, encouraging self-knowledge, and teachers getting to know their students as people.

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Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

Montpelier High School's service learning program integrates across the curriculum, utilizing a school greenhouse and gardens to provide food for the school district's lunch program.

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Recess for High School Students
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

Last year, Montpelier High shifted its schedule to free up 15 minutes -- for recess. Teachers and students find they are more calm and focused, with a camaraderie that continues into the classroom.

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Integrated Studies: Sustainability and Cross-Curricular Connections
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

By connecting the theme of sustainability across multiple disciplines, the teachers at Montpelier High School have built a robust, integrated teaching approach that engages students and creates community.

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Community-Based Learning: Connecting Students With Their World
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

At Montpelier High School, community-based learning focuses on student interest to create internship opportunities that are designed to connect academic learning to the real world.

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Montpelier High School greenhouse
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

MHS provides opportunities for students to pursue their own interests through community-based learning, service learning projects, a focus on sustainability, and personalized learning plans.

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Teaching Grade School Students How to Make Global Impact

The John Stanford International School has been a model for developing global-awareness curricula. Now they’ve expanded their lessons to teach students how to take action to help others.

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Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach

Strategies like mindfulness, emotional regulation, and supportive small groups help Symonds meet the academic and social needs of their students.

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Collaborative math and discussion-based English help to promote deeper learning, critical thinking, and community at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California.

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Comprehensive Assessment: A New York City Success Story
School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

Through constant investment in the assessment process, both students and teachers strive for true learning at School of the Future, a 6-12 school in Manhattan.

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Strategic Goals: Formative Plus Summative Assessment Equals Rigor
School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

Rigorous expectations yield impressive results at New York's School of the Future, where regular assessments help keep students on track, and teachers strive to tap into students' true interests to bring out their best work.

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Replicating Another School's Success: One Teacher's Story

Once a traditional lecture-style teacher, Michelle Underwood's science classroom now hums with the energy of students absorbed in collaborative learning projects.

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