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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 Hood River Middle School, local experts make student learning come to life.

Examples That Work

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.

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Proud graduates standing on the bleachers in the gymnasium under the large Urban Prep banner as family members take pictures

Urban Prep Charter School changes student outcomes through rituals, relationships, and respect.

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An outdoor covered hallway with 25+ logos painted on the wall and door

Tapping your community for funds, resources, and labor isn't easy, but with planning, persistence, and good will, rallying local support for a major school project benefits everyone.

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Teacher holding up Dorian's Rocket Math certificate that says he rocketed through subtraction facts

Layering incentives at classroom, grade, and schoolwide levels creates a culture of positivity and achievement where students celebrate milestones in their individual and shared learning.

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Dad and daughter together smiling

Attract parent volunteers by giving them their own space and appointing a coordinator whose job it is to make them feel welcome, comfortable, and needed.

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Piggy-Bank Friday: Life Skills Through Financial Literacy

Through the Piggy-Bank Friday program, K-5 students at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy have saved over $30,000 in one year.

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Two boys at a table looking at cards printed with various items to determine want versus need

Franchising allows a single principal to lead multiple campuses concurrently. These individuals must be proven, trusted leaders given the flexibility to focus on the best results.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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