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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 Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students can earn a free Associate’s degree. Last year, almost 50% of their graduating class did just that.

Examples That Work

Student Surveys: Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

When teachers survey their classes at Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students see how their opinions matter and have a direct impact on instruction.

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An adult female in a counseling room is sitting across a small table from a teenage student, helping him fill out a form.

Trinidad Garza Early College High School helped Carlos Nava define and reinforce his personal narrative outside of the confines of society.

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Early College Model: Giving Students College Access in High School

At Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students can earn a free Associate’s degree. Last year, almost 50% of their graduating class did just that.

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A closeup of a teenage girl sitting at her desk, smiling. One hand is resting on an opened notebook, and her other hand is holding a pencil above a sheet of paper she's writing on. Other students are sitting throughout the classroom.

Raise your underserved students' expectations by raising your own, and create a series of reachable, data-based goals, scaffolding your instruction and mitigating their fear of failure.

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A closeup of two female teens from the shoulder up sitting, looking towards the front of the class.

Embedded in study halls, Trinidad Garza Early College High School counselors support their students to succeed through scaffolded academic and social-emotional supports.

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A male and female teen are sitting at a table together. Together, they're holding a long ruler and are both looking at it.

Trinidad Garza Early College High School uses six key instructional strategies to prepare students for higher education.

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Three girls sitting at their desks pushed together talking over survey questions

At Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students begin taking college courses in ninth grade.

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Girl looking at her binder in class with other students

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Teachers in discussion

Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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Three girls smiling behind a laptop

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

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Edwards Middle School | Grades 6-8

Middle school English language arts teacher Hassan Mansaray shares how he uses an individualized learning model, Readers and Writers Workshop, to reach his students in an expanded learning time program.

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Teacher with students gathered around her looking at computer.

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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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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