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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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At Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students can earn a free Associate’s degree. Last year, almost 50% of their graduating class did just that.

Examples That Work

At Mount Desert Elementary School, differentiated instruction offers customized learning for each student, increasing its relevance and impact.

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Class led by teacher on mats in circle on the floor

Mount Desert Elementary focuses on creating a learning environment that helps the students feel a sense of community in order to build self-confidence and encourage a strong academic education.

Elementary school principal Scott McFarland explains why helping children relax and self-regulate also helps them become better students.

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Three boys sitting together at a table in class smiling at the camera

Educators from Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, have shared a some social and emotional learning tools, and we've gathered some of our favorite resources as well.

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

Teaching Grade School Students How to Make Global Impact

The John Stanford International School has been a model for developing global-awareness curricula. Now they’ve expanded their lessons to teach students how to take action to help others.

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Teacher sitting at a table working with three young boys using markers

Resources on This Page: Global Competence Unit Plans International School Symposium

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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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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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Low-Stakes Writing: Writing to Learn, Not Learning to Write

University Park Campus School uses low-stakes writing to scaffold instruction, develop student voice, and foster critical thinkers.

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Edwards Middle School | Grades 6-8

Craig Haas, Special Ed and Student Services Coordinator at Edwards Middle School, shares how his team uses expanded learning time to provide relevant academic support to each individual student while breaking down stigmas between children of...

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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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Instructional Coaching: Seeding District-Wide Innovation

At Albemarle County Public Schools, teacher-driven instructional coaching supports teachers in their professional development, helps them to engage their students in authentic learning, and spreads innovative practices district-wide.

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