George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

Walter Bracken STEAM Academy Elementary School

Public, Urban
Grades PK-5
Las Vegas, NV
  • School Leadership

    Transforming Unused School Spaces Into Something Amazing

    With staff vision and student and community engagement, turn the unused or under-used areas of your school buildings or grounds into gardens, labs, and makerspaces.
    Kathleen Decker
  • Community Partnerships

    Growing a Community to Build a Garden

    Tapping your community for funds, resources, and labor isn't easy, but with planning, persistence, and good will, rallying local support for a major school project benefits everyone.
  • Parent Partnership

    "Welcome to School, Parents!"

    Attract parent volunteers by giving them their own space and appointing a coordinator whose job it is to make them feel welcome, comfortable, and needed.
  • Literacy

    A School-Wide Culture of Reading

    Having kids in all grades read multivolume book series pays off in student fluency and engagement with reading.
  • School Climate

    Inspiring Learning Through Incentives

    Layering incentives at classroom, grade, and schoolwide levels creates a culture of positivity and achievement where students celebrate milestones in their individual and shared learning.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    Firing Up Student Engagement With STEAM Electives

    Enrichment classes like toy making and candy chemistry combine fun with serious content in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.
  • Environmental Education

    Standards-Based Learning in a Garden

    Flower and vegetable beds around school can serve as a multidisciplinary classroom.
  • Financial Literacy

    Financial Literacy From Age 5 On

    Elementary students study saving, spending, and sharing on the way to putting a collective $30,000 in the bank in a year.
  • School Leadership

    Franchising Success Across a District

    Franchising allows a single principal to lead multiple campuses concurrently. These individuals must be proven, trusted leaders given the flexibility to focus on the best results.
  • Financial Literacy

    Piggy-Bank Friday: Life Skills Through Financial Literacy

    Through the Piggy-Bank Friday program, K-5 students at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy have saved over $30,000 in one year.
  • Literacy

    Series Reading Program: Creating a Culture of Reading

    At Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, 100 percent of the fifth-grade students are meeting grade-level fluency standards in reading.
  • Environmental Education

    Garden-Based Learning: Engaging Students in Their Environment

    From fairy gardens to garden towers, Walter Bracken STEAM Academy transformed its school grounds into a student-centered, garden-learning wonderland.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    Interest-Based Electives: Engaging Students With STEAM Explorations

    Educators at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy engage students by letting them choose outside-the-box enrichment classes, like toy making, drones, and candy chemistry.