George Lucas Educational Foundation
Social and Emotional Learning
Schools That Work
Eminence Independent Schools
What makes this a SCHOOL THAT WORKS
Administration & Leadership
A Small Town School Embraces a Big Vision
A determined superintendent looks to transform student lives in his rural Kentucky hometown.
60-Second Strategy: Pass the Marker
Getting students up on their feet and solving problems together helps build engagement—and stronger math thinkers.
Sustaining a Schoolwide Culture of Playful Learning
Educators in this small town prioritized innovation, creativity, and wonder in every aspect of their school, and the message to students was clear—dream big, because anything is possible.
60-Second Strategy: The Hot Seat
Providing the active listeners in the outer ring of a Socratic circle a way to jump in with their burning questions and comments keeps all students engaged.
Exploring Writing, Social Studies, and Math in a Map Challenge
Encouraging students to bring their creativity and imagination to challenging content makes it more accessible—and helps them learn it more deeply.
Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)
Deepening Academic Understanding With Tangible Experiences
By providing middle school students a chance to walk in someone else’s shoes, teachers can help them develop empathy—and a stronger connection to content.
Building a 21st-Century Learning Space
A community raised $6 million to construct an innovative 30,000-square-foot facility complete with makerspaces and learning labs.
Building Empathy Through Community Projects
Twice a year, students and teachers in Eminence, Kentucky, collaborate for three days on meaningful projects that serve their community.
Setting Students Up for College Success
Get a look at a dual-enrollment program that prepares high school students to overcome the obstacles on the path to finishing college.
Cranking Teaching Strategies Up to Awesome
“Surprise and delight” is a core student engagement strategy at this school—built into both the instruction and the building’s design.