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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

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

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The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a recording studio on wheels that brings music education to schools across the country.

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The Facing History School doesn't sugarcoat our past. It confronts it.

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For more than 12 years, Seattle's John Stanford International School has been a model for international schools, immersing its elementary students in global awareness and achieving academically as well.

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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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Henry Ford Academy | Grades 9-12

Combine a school, a museum, and a global corporation, and you get a learning environment like no other.

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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.

Mesquite Elementary School developed a teaching strategy that turned the school around in just six months and that continues to prove its effectiveness.

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.

At Bravo High School Where Students Go After Graduation 49.8% Four-year College56.9% Community College1.5% Military1.7% Vocational School

Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

Every teacher at Wiley H. Bates Middle School, is committed to weaving the arts and standard curricula together to create a richer and more lasting learning experience for students.

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