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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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Examples That Work

Flags from around the World lining a school hallway

Karen Kodama, founding principal of the John Stanford International School (JSIS) in Seattle, Washington, now d

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Encouraging students to reach out to one another to solve problems and share knowledge not only builds collaboration skills but leads to deeper learning and understanding.

Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding

Encouraging students to reach out to one another to solve problems not only builds collaboration skills but leads to deeper learning and understanding.

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Teacher watching young students working a math problem with sidewalk chalk

Educators from The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, have provided these resources and tools for collaborative learning.

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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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Students working together in class.

Encouraging students to reach out to each other to solve problems and share knowledge builds collaborative skills and leads to deeper learning at The College Preparatory School.

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Real-World Internships Lead to College and Career Readiness
Mc2 Stem High School | Grades 9-12

Integrated project-based learning and real-world internship experiences build the crucial link between academic achievement and future economic success.

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A young girl with long hair in a white t-shirt and blue shorts is sitting at a kid-sized table with colorful, clear, Lego-like building pieces. On the table are variations of different towers.

With staff vision and student and community engagement, turn the unused or under-used areas of your school buildings or grounds into gardens, labs, and makerspaces.

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Boy holding slice of tree showing age rings

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

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Integrated Studies: Sustainability and Cross-Curricular Connections
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

By connecting the theme of sustainability across multiple disciplines, the teachers at Montpelier High School have built a robust, integrated teaching approach that engages students and creates community.

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Kids walking in front of the school
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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Teacher standing talking with a student as they watch a girl pouring liquid into cups at a counter

PBL can align with CCSS when teachers, knowing their kids' interests and abilities, let projects evolve to meet student needs as well as the standards.

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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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Three women all wearing white coats sitting in discussion

How one elementary school trains and supports its staff to blaze a new digital trail.

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