George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

John C. Haines Elementary School

Public, Urban
Grades Pre-K-8
Chicago, IL
English-Language Learners

Using Diversity to Build a Culture of Belonging

Academics and social skills are equally prioritized at this multilingual elementary school in Chicago, ranked one of the best in the city.

Conor P. Williams
  • Classroom Management

    Social Contracts Foster Community in the Classroom

    When students and teachers collaborate to create shared behavior expectations, the whole class is invested in the norms.
  • Dual-Language Learning

    Building Cross-Cultural Connections in Two Languages

    At a bilingual school in Chicago, first-grade teachers swap classrooms so students get lessons in both Mandarin and English.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    60-Second Strategy: Pom-Pom Jar

    Explicitly teaching and celebrating kindness is a simple yet powerful way to build a positive classroom culture.
  • Assessment

    60-Second Strategy: Respond, Reflect, and Review

    This simple activity helps students practice giving and receiving peer feedback—and gets them out of their desks.