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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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At Charles R. Drew Charter School, third-grade students use PBL to prepare for the next Snowpocalypse.

Examples That Work

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Edwards Middle School | Grades 6-8

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How to Get Students Ready for Learning

Responsive Classroom techniques, such as relationship-building morning meetings and engaging student-led activities, get students focused and ready to learn.

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At Mount Desert Elementary School, differentiated instruction offers customized learning for each student, increasing its relevance and impact.

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Class led by teacher on mats in circle on the floor

Mount Desert Elementary focuses on creating a learning environment that helps the students feel a sense of community in order to build self-confidence and encourage a strong academic education.

Elementary school principal Scott McFarland explains why helping children relax and self-regulate also helps them become better students.

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Three boys sitting together at a table in class smiling at the camera

Educators from Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, have shared a some social and emotional learning tools, and we've gathered some of our favorite resources as well.

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Language immersion, global competence, and vibrant professional-learning communities enhance student learning at Seattle’s John Stanford International School.

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Supporting Behavioral Needs: A Multi-Tiered Approach

At P.K. Yonge, a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is used to meet every student's academic and behavioral needs.

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Response to Intervention: Collaborating to Target Instruction

Meyer Elementary School's Response to Intervention practice has contributed to their ranking in the top five percent of all Michigan schools.

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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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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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Infographic showing American spending habits. With nearly 20 percent of Americans living beyond their means, education about personal finance is critical. Research indicates that teaching finance to students yields greater money-management skills that car

Students who learn financial literacy skills gain a wealth of knowledge that will yield returns well into their future.

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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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