George Lucas Educational Foundation
Social and Emotional Learning
Schools That Work
Albemarle County Public Schools
Albemarle County, VA
What makes this a SCHOOL THAT WORKS
Maker Education: Reaching All Learners
At Albemarle County Public Schools, maker education fosters student autonomy, ignites student interest, and empowers students to embrace their own learning.
Instructional Coaching: Seeding District-Wide Innovation
At Albemarle County Public Schools, teacher-driven instructional coaching supports teachers in their professional development, helps them to engage their students in authentic learning, and spreads innovative practices district-wide.
Librarians’ Changing Roles Can Inspire School Communities
A 21st-century librarian can inspire a school by modeling responsive teaching, advocating for student involvement, facilitating new approaches to writing, and encouraging user-centered spaces.
Maker Education Fires Up a Passion for Learning
When kids make something that matters to them, it gives them a context for understanding their academic learning.
Spreading Good Ideas Across a District
Instructional coaches working at multiple schools share innovative practices throughout the district.
Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)
Creating Space for Risk
By redefining failure as part of learning, we give children choices to take risks, opportunities to excel, and the support to grow into their potential.
The Basics of Open Technology
From abundant tools and smart budgeting to accessibility and trust, the Albemarle County Public Schools maintain a district-wide tech program that leverages digital literacy for all students.
A Student Maker and the Birth of a Startup
A reluctant middle school student responded to a summer maker challenge and ended up demonstrating his sports training product prototype at a White House tech innovation fair.
Social Media: Making Connections Through Twitter
At Albemarle County Public Schools, teachers use social media to get ideas for their classroom, for professional development, and to connect student learning to the real world.
Using Twitter to Promote Learning
Twitter can connect students across a district or the world to share learning—and it connects teachers for the same purpose.
Making the Case for Social Media in Schools
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.
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.
Flexible Seating Elevates Student Engagement
Breaking up rows of desks fosters collaboration and empowers kids to think about how they work best.
Administration & Leadership
Insight and Outsight: 8 Strategies to Catalyze District-Wide Learning
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.