George Lucas Educational Foundation
Schools That Work
Hood River Middle School
Hood River, OR
What makes this a SCHOOL THAT WORKS
Collaborative Planning: Integrating Curricula Across Subjects
Hood River Middle School collaborates on projects across subjects to make learning relevant, connected, and engaging.
Connecting Student Learning Across Subjects
When teachers collaborate on projects across subjects, they can drive engagement in all of their classes.
Period 6: Ensuring Enrichment and Intervention
Hood River Middle School shares its seven-step model for including student-interest enrichment courses and intervention support within the regular school day.
Hood River Middle School: A Resource for Hood River County
Turn your school into a community hub by making your facilities publicly available, letting your community know about it, and creating partnerships with those who rent your school spaces.
5 Benefits of Outdoor Education
An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.
The Permaculture Classroom: A Systems-Based Approach
Permaculture is ideal for teaching ecology, yet also works as a classroom design system that fosters empathy, inspires advocacy, and increases productivity within your school's existing standards and framework.
A Student's Perspective on Place-Based Learning
"All I needed during middle school was to feel a part of something, and connecting to my community brought me that." -- Grace Whitmore, Hood River Middle School alumna
Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant
At Hood River Middle School, local experts make student learning come to life.
Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community
At Hood River Middle School, place-based learning makes student learning relevant and engaging by turning their local geography, culture, history, and economy into classroom lessons.
Bringing the Community Into the Classroom
Experts abound in every community, and these engineers, chefs, etc. can be an authentic audience for student work.