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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Edutopia's Schools That Work series highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn.

At Forest Lake Elementary School, in Columbia, South Carolina, achievement has soared since educators started using new technology to personalize the learning experience for each student. More to this story.

Examples That Work

Project learning combined with 1-to-1 laptops creates a rich and rigorous environment for learning at a middle school and a high school in Portland, Maine.

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Project Learning Assignment: Seventh graders work with community experts to advance their understanding of bacteria in the environment -- and then share their findings with the community at large.

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By guiding her students through rigorous projects aimed at illuminating solutions to real-world problems, high school humanities teacher Susan McCray uses Outward Bound principles to tap into students' passions for learning.

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

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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.

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Use these guiding principles to pull together projects with the time and resources you have.

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Yes Prep North Central | Grades 6-12

Houston's charter school, YES Prep North Central, uses extra hours to prepare kids for college.

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Yes Prep North Central | Grades 6-12

A supportive and caring environment underpins a strict discipline program.

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The Walden Project | Grades 9-12

In the muddy Vermont woods, teens discover science, community, and a newfound love of learning.

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Glenview Elementary | Grades K-5

Partnerships with local arts organizations can bring much-needed resources to your students without much cost, and can provide students with new outlets for creativity and ways to develop essential critical thinking and collaboration skills.

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Yes Prep North Central | Grades 6-12

YES Prep North Central, serving grades 6-12 in Houston, does whatever it takes to prepare students for college success.

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Yes Prep North Central | Grades 6-12

Ninth-grade English teacher Rachael Arthur makes Shakespeare come to life for her students.

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Yes Prep North Central | Grades 6-12

Houston's charter school, YES Prep North Central, uses extra hours to prepare kids for college.

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Casa Grande High School | Grades 9-12

A high school hatchery protects endangered species and demands academic excellence.

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