George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

Concourse Village Elementary School

Public, Urban
Grades Pre-K to 5
The Bronx, NY
Literacy

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.

Carly Berwick
  • School 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.
  • MATH

    60-Second Strategy: 3-Read Protocol

    Demystify math word problems with this simple technique that helps kids see the story beyond the numbers.
  • Teacher Collaboration

    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.
  • Arts Integration

    Art as Text: Bridging Literacy and the Arts

    Young students can apply language skills to learn to 'read art,' including their own work.
  • Student Voice

    60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.
  • Formative Assessment

    60-Second Strategy: TAG Feedback

    This quick exercise scaffolds peer critique for elementary students.
  • Math

    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.
  • Literacy

    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.