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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

A financial-literacy curriculum provides real-world context for learning and helps students directly connect school with their future goals.

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Students who learn financial literacy skills gain a wealth of knowledge that will yield returns well into their future.

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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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Student behavior improved after implementing meditation techniques to relax students, promote a sense of well-being, and foster more-positive interactions.

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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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Educators from Visitacion Valley Middle School, in San Francisco, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

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Training, consistency, and trust are keys to successfully implementing a meditation program in school.

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School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

Through constant investment in the assessment process, both students and teachers strive for true learning at School of the Future, a 6-12 school in Manhattan.

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Training, consistency, and trust are keys to successfully implementing a meditation program in school.

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Educators from Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, have shared a some social and emotional learning tools, and we've gathered some of our favorite resources as well.

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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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As a growing body of research points to positive outcomes from meditation in schools, programs are spreading across the country.

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Professional development at KIPP King includes setting up "fishbowl" classroom configurations, assigning student roles, and other techniques for facilitating successful Socratic discussions.

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