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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.

Collaboration with local museums and community organizations offer Normal Park students real-world connections to the curriculum.

Examples That Work

By giving every middle school student a new laptop, the state of Maine strapped new wings on project learning. For both teachers and students, the learning process has soared beyond the classroom.

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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

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

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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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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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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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A tiny offshore Maine school's self-sufficiency makes it an inspirational island apart.

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