George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

Mesquite Elementary School

Public, Suburban
Grades 3-5
Tucson, AZ
  • Assessment

    Differentiated Instruction: Helping Every Child Succeed

    Mix teacher collaboration and innovative leadership with a big dose of differentiated instruction and you get Mesquite Elementary’s winning recipe.
  • Assessment

    Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

    See step-by-step how this Arizona elementary school gives its students the additional time they need to master core concepts and elevate their learning to the next level.
  • K-2 Primary

    Saving Money, Sustaining Excellence

    Budget cuts — you can’t get around them, but you can find ways to reduce the pain. Here's how to teach lean, make supplies last, and not shortchange your kids.
  • Assessment

    5 Strategies to Ensure Student Learning

    After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.
    Mariko Nobori
  • Differentiated Instruction

    Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

    Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.
  • Differentiated Instruction

    Sustaining Success Despite Budget Cuts

    How a resource-strapped elementary school became a top-performing school with a homegrown, easy-to-implement program of differentiated instruction.
  • K-2 Primary

    Quick Tips for Succeeding On a Low Budget

    Arizona's Mesquite Elementary is one of the top-performing schools in the state but has one of the lowest per pupil budgets. Here’s how the school makes more out of less.
  • Assessment

    Student Achievement Skyrockets at a Tucson Elementary School

    An effective classroom-based program of differentiated instruction, called Reteach and Enrich, kicked off eight straight years of success at Mesquite Elementary.
  • Teacher Leadership

    Why We Celebrate School Successes When Education Seems to Be Going to Hell

    With hard work and plenty of district support, Mesquite Elementary School has proven that budget cuts don’t have to mean the end of excellence.
  • Teacher Collaboration

    How Teachers Collaborate Online and in School

    The Vail School District in southern Arizona developed a wiki for teachers to share lesson plans and resources. Today, the wiki is a smash hit, and textbooks are a thing of the past.