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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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By using real-world problems as projects for children to solve, Crellin Elementary empowers, engages, and excites students about what they can learn and how they can use that knowledge.

Examples That Work

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

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Susan Patrick: Why Online Learning Is a Smart Solution

The president and CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) explains why the time for virtual education is now.

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Reaching All High School Students: A Multi-Tiered Approach

P.K. Yonge provides a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that is tailored not only to fit the increased academic demands but the unique social and emotional challenges of secondary students.

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Yes Prep North Central | Grades 6-12

The school shares details about administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials that you may adapt for your class or school.

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Wings Program | Grades K-5

Best practices from WINGS for Kids, a carefully designed South Carolina program.

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Inquiry-Based Learning in the Science Classroom
Casey Middle School | Grades 6-8

Beginning with a central question and driven by curiosity and personal passions, science students at Casey Middle seek answers through research, experimentation, and data analysis.

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Project Learning: Expeditions in Portland, Maine

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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YES Prep: A Commitment to Academic Rigor
Yes Prep North Central | Grades 6-12

Project learning, integrated studies, and comprehensive assessment support a drive to achieve high academic standards.

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