George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

Crellin Elementary School

Public, Rural
Grades PK-5
Oakland, MD
  • Project-Based Learning

    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.
    Dana McCauley
  • Place-Based Learning

    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.
  • Service Learning

    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.
  • Service 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.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    "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.
  • Place-Based Learning

    Learning Kids Can Put Their Hands On

    Taking kids outside—whatever environment your school is in—provides a new path to engagement in learning.
  • Community Partnerships

    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.
  • Community Partnerships

    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.