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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 University Park Campus School, students learn through group work that they have something to contribute.

Examples That Work

Close up of a hand holding a pencil captioning drawings of water seeping between rocks, freezing and melting

Permaculture is ideal for teaching ecology, yet also works as a classroom design system that fosters empathy, inspires advocacy, and increases productivity within your school's existing standards and framework.

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The front of the school with fall colors and student walking by

By helping students understand the history, geology, and culture of their place, Hood River Middle School supports students in understanding themselves and their role in their community.

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.

1,380 9,855 views
Daily Assemblies: Deepening Relationships Through Ritual and Recognition

Students at Urban Prep Charter Academies are celebrated, supported, and empowered through their daily community assembly.

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Pride Advisory Classes: Social and Emotional Support for Every Student

"Going to Pride every day does something for me that no academic class can do. It's like a second home." – Deveon, a 12th-grade Urban Prep, Englewood Campus student.

2 2,191 8,516 views
An assembly of teenage boys in tan slacks, white-collared, button-up shirts, black jackets, and red ties are standing. A female teacher is standing among them.

With a culture emphasizing respect, responsibility, ritual, and relationships, Chicago's Urban Prep Charter Academy provides young men with a supportive community for learning academic and life skills.

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A teenage boy is sitting a table looking at a desktop computer screen. A female teacher is kneeling on the floor beside him, also looking at the computer, and talking.

Urban Prep Charter Academy ensures college success for their alumni through support, resources, and advocacy to help these young men navigate their post-secondary academic careers.

818 1,972 views

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Boy at monitors and mixing board for school broadcast

To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the educators of Forest Lake Elementary deploy a powerful array of digital-technology tools. Discover what your school can learn.

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Middle school principal Mike McCarthy shares 30 years of wisdom on how to run a school well.

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Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning

At Symonds Elementary, teachers use morning meetings to develop valuable social-emotional skills, create a culture of respect and trust, and prepare students to learn.

3 8,804 71,738 views
How Differentiated Instruction and Formative Assessment Work at Forest Lake Elementary

Educators use frequent formative assessments to determine the needs of each student at Forest Lake Elementary School.

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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

At P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, integrating digital content with face-to-face learning has led to impressive gains in student achievement.

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Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish

At this high school in Texas, where every class is project-based, there is a commitment to a consistent process, a focus on relationships, and a commitment to relevance and rigor.

11 614 86,110 views
Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions

Wildwood IB World Magnet School uses the inquiry-based model to put students in charge of their learning, with lessons that stem from student questions and harness the power of curiosity.

2 4,536 33,262 views

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