George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

Design 39 Campus

Public, Suburban
Grades K-8
San Diego, CA
Collaborative Learning

Designing a Public School From Scratch

On a mission to reimagine traditional schooling, a K–8 school in San Diego puts teachers and students at the center.

Nora Fleming
  • Collaborative Learning

    60 Second-Strategy: Cooperative Learning Roles

    Giving students randomly assigned roles in their group work helps ensure that they all participate.
  • Family Engagement

    Parent Workshops: Strengthening the Learning Community

    During in-school workshops, parents learn what their kids are studying and how to support it at home.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Learning on Their Feet

    Vertical learning—a framework for high quality group work—showcases student thinking for everyone to see.
  • Design Thinking

    Design Thinking: A Problem Solving Framework

    Students learn to empathize with others around the globe while solving real-world problems.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    Explorations: Making Curiosity Part of the Curriculum

    Student-designed electives put kids' passions at the forefront of their learning.
  • Literacy

    Project: Every Kid Has a Story to Tell

    A video project helps students hone their multimedia storytelling skills, while developing greater self-awareness and empathy for their peers.
    Billy Corcoran, Mindy Ahrens