George Lucas Educational Foundation
Social and Emotional Learning
Schools That Work
P.S. 249 The Caton School
What makes this a SCHOOL THAT WORKS
Building Better Readers With Scaffolded Read Alouds
By reading books out loud every day, teachers introduce students to higher-level texts and new vocabulary, while modeling deeper thinking and strong discussion skills.
Boosting Math Skills With Daily Practice
Adding an extra period of math every day gives students an opportunity to review what they’ve learned and strengthen their mathematical thinking.
60-Second Strategy: Framing the Lesson
When teachers make their teaching and learning goals clear to their class, every activity has a purpose and every student understands what they’re doing.
Creating Opportunities for All Teachers to Grow
When grade-level teams of teachers work together on skills and strategies to help them improve their practice every week, everyone benefits.
Getting Books Into Every Student’s Hands
At this school, nurturing a love of reading begins with book shopping, a practice where students choose books from their classroom libraries to bring home—every week.
Making Science Connections Across the Curriculum
Dedicating a day each week to integrating science into every subject helped an elementary school boost attendance, learning, and fun.
Administration & Leadership
4 Keys to an Elementary School Turnaround
A veteran elementary principal shares how she and her staff transformed their school into a National Blue Ribbon School.