George Lucas Educational Foundation
Social and Emotional Learning
Schools That Work
Normal Park Museum Magnet School
What makes this a SCHOOL THAT WORKS
Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls
By integrating visits to local museums and community organizations into the school day, students experience real-world connections to the curriculum.
A Tool for Documenting Understanding
Travel journals—a mix of notebook and portfolio—allow students to chart and take ownership of their learning.
Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks
Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.
Using Exhibits as Assessment
Students at Normal Park Museum Magnet School create various types of museum-style exhibits to demonstrate their understanding of academic topics.
Creating Academic Exhibits
A museum magnet school uses student-created interdisciplinary exhibits to assess learning.
Learning Expeditions: Rethinking Field Trips
For Normal Park students, the entire community of Chattanooga, Tennessee -- from museums and cultural centers to local businesses and natural areas -- provides opportunities to make real-world connections to curriculum.
Learning on the Go
Frequent, focused field trips that connect to the curriculum show students how learning continues outside of the classroom.