George Lucas Educational Foundation
Social and Emotional Learning
Schools That Work
Concourse Village Elementary School
Grades Pre-K to 5
The Bronx, NY
What makes this a SCHOOL THAT WORKS
How a Literacy-First Program Revived a School
A Title I school in the Bronx is dramatically improving student outcomes—one book at a time.
The Power of Undo in Digital Art
When students make artwork digitally, they find new ways to take risks, build confidence, and get creative.
Using Weekly Surveys to Assess Family Wellness
In these uncertain times, checking in regularly on the needs of families in the school community is essential for school leaders.
Teacher-Created Videos for Remote Learning
When Concourse Village Elementary in the Bronx had to close their school building due to Covid-19, principal Alexa Sorden and her staff pivoted quickly to deliver engaging lessons via video.
Driving Deep Reading Comprehension in K–5
This five-phase reading strategy exposes every student to challenging texts—and has dramatically improved reading comprehension at a school in the Bronx.
A Game-Changing Practice Fuses Math and Literacy
A program that scaffolds math with reading and writing has a formerly struggling elementary school in the Bronx dramatically outperforming the state in math.
Administration & Leadership
Building a Schoolwide Culture of Consistency
A principal has turned a school in the Bronx around by asking teachers to promote literacy every day—in every subject area.
60-Second Strategy: 3-Read Protocol
Demystify math word problems with this simple technique that helps kids see the story beyond the numbers.
Pairing Teachers to Drive Professional Development
Regular peer-to-peer observations—with a focus on learning, not evaluation—fosters a culture of growth and safety for teachers.
Using Reading and Writing to Do Math
This 5-step process leverages literacy skills—like reading, annotating, and writing—to help students solve math word problems.
Art as Text: Bridging Literacy and the Arts
Young students can apply language skills to learn to 'read art,' including their own work.
Collaborative Reading: Building Successful Readers Together
This elementary school in the Bronx has cracked the code to improving literacy—and it's a simple framework where kids read together daily.
60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards
A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.
60-Second Strategy: TAG Feedback
This quick exercise scaffolds peer critique for elementary students.