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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

Students become responsible for their learning by setting their own pace at a school that educates parents as well as children.

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At a multicultural high school in Ottawa, technology opens new worlds for the diverse student population.

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Clackamas High School | Grades 9-12

At Clackamas High School, green ideals infuse the curricula, the building, and, most importantly, the students.

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An Indianapolis school district builds a new model for education based on 21st century 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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The unique International Baccalaureate program sparks both admiration and controversy.

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Martin Scorsese champions a visual-literacy curriculum, available free to teachers for use in middle school classrooms.

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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.

A South Carolina elementary school uses computers to engage students in a learning process, calibrated to their individual needs and abilities.

Two schools in Maine are transforming the learning process with technology-infused projects that benefit the community and promote high academic achievement.

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Language immersion, global competence, and vibrant professional-learning communities enhance student learning at Seattle’s John Stanford International School.

Yes Prep North Central | Grades 6-12

Educators at YES Prep are on a mission with far-reaching goals. They want to prepare kids, many of them from disadvantaged families with few, if any, high school graduates, to attend college.

Mc2 Stem High School | Grades 9-12

At this STEM high school, integrated project-based learning and real-world internship experiences build the crucial link between academic achievement and future economic success.

In their second year of shifting to High Tech High-style project-based learning, two Whitfield County Schools share their advice, and lessons they've learned through their efforts.

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