George Lucas Educational Foundation
Social and Emotional Learning
Schools That Work
Hood River Middle School
Hood River, OR
What makes this a SCHOOL THAT WORKS
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.
Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant
At Hood River Middle School, local experts make student learning come to life.
Collaborative Planning: Integrating Curricula Across Subjects
Hood River Middle School collaborates on projects across subjects to make learning relevant, connected, and engaging.
Bringing the Community Into the Classroom
Experts abound in every community, and these engineers, chefs, etc. can be an authentic audience for student work.
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.
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
The Permaculture Classroom: A Systems-Based Approach
Permaculture is ideal for teaching ecology and increases productivity within your school's existing standards and framework.
Connecting Student Learning Across Subjects
When teachers collaborate on projects across subjects, they can drive engagement in all of their classes.
5 Benefits of Outdoor Education
An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, and increases connection between students.
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.
Place-Based Learning: A Multifaceted Approach
Connecting learning to students’ surroundings—the buildings, the landscape—covers content goals and builds community pride.