George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

Summit Preparatory Charter High School

Charter, Suburban
Grades 9-12
Redwood City, CA
Social and Emotional Learning

13 Powerful SEL Activities

Build social and emotional skills into any class.

Emelina Minero
  • Classroom Management

    60-Second Strategy: Appreciation, Apology, Aha!

    A quick, low-key way to build community in your classroom on a daily basis.
  • Classroom Management

    60-Second Strategy: Professional Courtesy

    For anyone who’s ever wondered, “How do I get their attention back in a 1:1 environment?”
  • Project-Based Learning

    Getting Students Into College Is Not Enough

    See how one high school shapes its PBL curriculum—available online for free—to help prepare students to progress all the way to college graduation.
    Adam Carter
  • Learning Environments

    Flexible Classrooms: Making Space for Personalized Learning

    How you arrange your seating can be an asset for differentiating instruction. Summit Prep uses different seating configurations for independent work, collaborative work, mini lessons, and large-group discussions.
  • Learning Environments

    The Optimal Seating Plan? Letting Your Students Choose

    Allowing students to move the furniture can help you differentiate instruction and give your students more agency in their learning.
  • Formative Assessment

    Real-Time Assessment: Providing a Window Into Student Learning

    At Summit Prep, in Redwood City, California, every teacher gathers real-time data—daily. They do this to gain insight into their students’ needs, informing how they teach every day. They use a variety of tools ranging from a free online personalized learning platform to Google surveys, paper assessments, and quick and easy formative assessments, like counting thumbs up and down.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Habits, Community, and Culture: Laying the Foundation for Emotional Intelligence

    Summit Prep in Redwood City, California, uses a variety of activities in the weekly, 90-minute Habits, Community, and Culture (HCC) class, where students learn Habits of Success and develop social and emotional learning (SEL) skills.
  • Mindfulness

    When Mindfulness Feels Like a Necessity

    It’s quick and easy to implement, and has proven benefits including boosted working memory and reduced stress.
  • Formative Assessment

    Challenging Every Student in the Room

    Easy ways to quickly gather student data every day—and how you can use it to reach all of your students, whether they’re ahead or behind.