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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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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By sending home detailed data reports that focus on a specific skill, Humboldt opens a two-way line of communication with parents about their child's learning. 

Examples That Work

Social media is becoming an essential tool for professional growth, curriculum planning, and student engagement. Twitter, Instagram, Skype, and other platforms offer endless educational possibilities.

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From makerspaces and curriculum to the use of social media, flexible classrooms, and instructional coaches, Albemarle gives students the life-long learning skills they'll require to succeed as 21st-century learners, workers, and citizens.

Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation.

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To prepare for an unpredictable future, look beyond educations' familiar rhythms to encourage staff and student voice and agency, rule challengers, design thinkers, and leaders.

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Hampton High School | Grades 9-12

Hampton High School creates an environment that promotes lifelong learning through rigor and relevancy. Blending performance-based assessment, data-driven instruction, differentiation, and technology integration, the school's mission is authentic...

Performance-Based Assessment: Making Math Relevant
Hampton High School | Grades 9-12

In Hampton High's Disaster Mission Relief, math students role-play air traffic controllers and pilots to assess their skills in a performance-based simulation.

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Instructional Coaching:  Driving Meaningful Tech Integration
Hampton High School | Grades 9-12

With Hampton High's tech instructional coach, teachers have found a confidant, subject-area expert, co-teacher, and PD coordinator at their fingertips, enhancing smart, school-wide tech integration.

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

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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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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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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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