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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 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. More to this story.

Examples That Work

Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

Arts integration helps kids connect and feel safe on the bumpy road to learning.

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In a small town, about 12 miles east of Austin, Texas, Manor New Technology High School is a devoted to teaching every subject to every student through project-based learning.

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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At one New Tech Network high school, strategies backed by research make project-based learning effective and engaging for teachers and students.

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Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.

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Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

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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.


School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

This New York City middle and high school measures the full range of student ability through formative assessments, presentations, exhibitions, and tests -- and they put a strong focus on "authentic" tasks that are tied to the real world.

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Educators from Ariel Community Academy, in Chicago, have provided lesson plans and web resources to help you get started.

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With levels of violence and poverty rising around them, San Francisco middle school students find social and emotional healing -- and a new readiness to learn -- in a bold program of daily meditation.

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The Vail School District in southern Arizona developed a wiki for teachers to share lesson plans and resources. Today, the wiki is a smash hit, and textbooks are a thing of the past.

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School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

Rigorous expectations yield impressive results at New York's School of the Future, where regular assessments help keep students on track, and teachers strive to tap into students' true interests to bring out their best work.

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Encouraging students to reach out to one another to solve problems not only builds collaboration skills but leads to deeper learning and understanding.

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