George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

Casco Bay High School And King Middle School

Public, Urban
Grades 6-8
Portland, ME
  • Assessment

    Anatomy of a Project: "Kinetic Conundrum"

    Art, history, engineering, language arts, and technology, both old and new, come together for eighth grade students in this rich project learning expedition at King Middle School in Portland, Maine.
  • Assessment

    Free Resources and Downloads for Project Learning

    Educators from Maine have shared details about their administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials you may adapt for your class, school, or school district.
    Kathy Baron
  • Project-Based Learning

    10 Big Ideas of School Leadership

    Middle school principal Mike McCarthy shares 30 years of wisdom on how to run a school well.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project

    Use these guiding principles to pull together projects with the time and resources you have.
  • Project-Based Learning

    10 Takeaway Tips for Project-Based Learning

    At King Middle School and Casco Bay High School, in Portland, Maine, every student works in a widely hailed project-learning method called expeditionary learning. Discover what your school can learn.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Project Learning Meets Technology

    By giving every middle school student a new laptop, the state of Maine strapped new wings on project learning. For both teachers and students, the learning process has soared beyond the classroom.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Project Learning: Expeditions in Portland, Maine

    Project learning combined with 1-to-1 laptops creates a rich and rigorous environment for learning at a middle school and a high school in Portland, Maine.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Anatomy of a Project: "Give Me Shelter"

    Juniors at Casco Bay High School, in Portland, Maine, explore homelessness by working in teams to make audio slide-show portraits.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Teacher Story: Susan McCray Lights the Fire of Project Learning

    By guiding her students through rigorous projects aimed at illuminating solutions to real-world problems, high school humanities teacher Susan McCray uses Outward Bound principles to tap into students' passions for learning.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Anatomy of a Project: "Soil Superheroes"

    Project Learning Assignment: Seventh graders work with community experts to advance their understanding of bacteria in the environment -- and then share their findings with the community at large.