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

Examples That Work

In a small town, about 12 miles east of Austin, Texas, Manor New Technology High School is a devoted to teaching every subject to every student through project-based learning.

Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish

At this high school in Texas, where every class is project-based, there is a commitment to a consistent process, a focus on relationships, and a commitment to relevance and rigor.

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

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Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.

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Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

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OUTCOMES Since 2002, Ariel has consistently outperformed their district, Chicago Public Schools, on the percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards in math, reading, and science.

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.

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Success Spoken Here: Preparing Citizens of the World

For more than 12 years, Seattle's John Stanford International School has been a model for international schools, immersing its elementary students in global awareness and achieving academically as well.

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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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Edwards Middle School | Grades 6-8

Amrita Sahni of Boston's Edwards Middle School outlines the steps taken to successfully implement their renowned Expanded Learning Time (ELT) program.

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Learning Expeditions: Rethinking Field Trips

For Normal Park students, the entire community of Chattanooga, Tennessee -- from museums and cultural centers to local businesses and natural areas -- provides opportunities to make real-world connections to curriculum.

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Tips from a one-time skeptic turned teacher-leader.

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NASA Resources Enrich STEM Curricula at Forest Lake Elementary

Being a NASA Explorer School allows Forest Lake Elementary to deepen the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula with technology tools and resources.

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Violence and poverty were flooding the community. Stress and anxiety gripped the classrooms. Here’s how a bold schoolwide program of meditation turned the tide and made learning possible again.

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