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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 Montpelier High School, community-based learning focuses on student interest to create internship opportunities that are designed to connect academic learning to the real world.

Examples That Work

Learning Expeditions: Rethinking Field Trips

For Normal Park students, the entire community of Chattanooga, Tennessee -- from museums and cultural centers to local businesses and natural areas -- provides opportunities to make real-world connections to curriculum.

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Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls

Collaboration with local museums and community organizations offer Normal Park students real-world connections to the curriculum.

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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management
Glenview Elementary | Grades K-5

At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.

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Partner with Local Arts Organizations
Glenview Elementary | Grades K-5

Partnerships with local arts organizations can bring much-needed resources to your students without much cost, and can provide students with new outlets for creativity and ways to develop essential critical thinking and collaboration skills.

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Strengthening School Community Brings Gains in Academic Achievement
Glenview Elementary | Grades K-5

Dialogue circles, arts programming, and team-building activities create a positive school culture and support academic growth at Glenview Elementary School.

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Edwards Middle School | Grades 6-8

Students’ math, reading, and science skills – and behavior and attendance – improved by leaps and bounds after expanding academic time allowed for support in core areas and participation in extracurricular enrichment courses.

How a Longer School Day Can Improve Academics
Edwards Middle School | Grades 6-8

Extended learning time allows students to work together in groups to improve their skills and gives them the opportunity to explore extracurricular areas of interest.

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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.

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How you can start personalizing learning in 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months, and beyond.

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After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.

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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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Differentiated Instruction Ignites Elementary School Learning

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.

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Educators from High Tech High in San Diego, California, and the Whitfield Career Academy's 21st Century Learning Academy in Dalton, Georgia, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement, in conjunction with other key best practices.

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