George Lucas Educational Foundation
Schools That Work
Crellin Elementary School
What makes this a SCHOOL THAT WORKS
Aligning the Projects With the Standards
PBL can align with CCSS when teachers, knowing their kids' interests and abilities, let projects evolve to meet student needs as well as the standards.
Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom
By taking down the walls of their school and bringing learning into the community around them, Crellin makes education meaningful and magical for their students.
Real-World Problem Solving: Project-Based Solutions
By using real-world problems as projects for children to solve, Crellin Elementary empowers, engages, and excites students about what they can learn and how they can use that knowledge.
Learning Partners: Co-Teaching With Community Experts
Inviting community members into the classroom to share their expertise can help bring lessons and learning to life for students.
Learning Kids Can Put Their Hands On
Taking kids outside—whatever environment your school is in—provides a new path to engagement in learning.
Empowering Kids to Be Part of the Solution
Giving elementary students a project in their community provides a real-world application for their content learning.
Using Community Experts to Extend Teaching
Teachers can’t be experts in everything, but they can tap into the knowledge and experience of people in the community.
"I Wonder" Questions: Harnessing the Power of Inquiry
By encouraging students' wonder and recording their "I Wonder" questions, teachers can view those questions holistically and use them to develop lessons and projects that will harness student curiosity.