George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

Our flagship series highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn.

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Examples That Work

Tech Buddies: Building Technology Skills Through Peer Teaching
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

See the learning on both sides when fifth graders teach computer skills to first graders.

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Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

Learn about how one district is innovating—from redesigning special education resources to having students teach their peers in the classroom.

Young students are working at tables in a large multipurpose room with large colorful-shaped decorations hanging from the ceiling.

Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.

44 12,384 50,685 views
Science Literacy: Sparking Curiosity and Solving Real-World Problems

See how students apply their literacy skills to explore science problems outside classroom walls.

39 501 22,451 views
Developing Independent Learners: Guiding Students to Be More Resourceful

When you empower students to be classroom experts, they learn to become resources for each other.

195 19,170 views
Teacher Labs: Making Professional Development Collaborative

Watch the magic that happens when educators observe each other teaching and then reflect together.

5 231 17,138 views
Thinkering Studio: Supporting Self-Directed Learning

Watch students take charge of their project-based learning, by creating their own learning goals and identifying resources beyond their teacher.

1 311 16,554 views

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A poster pinned on the wall drawn by students that says "Be A Friend"

Through Responsive Classroom practices such as Social Thinking, Symonds Elementary teaches its students daily that who they learn with is as important as what they learn.

9 3,473 86,000 views
Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding
Hampton High School | Grades 9-12

Whether it's an app or a piece of paper, exit tickets are quick, ungraded assessments of how you're teaching and what students need from you next.

18 523 52,626 views
Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

At P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, integrating digital content with face-to-face learning has led to impressive gains in student achievement.

81 1,121 87,347 views
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Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

Thanks to a bold strategy -- integrating the arts into curricula -- the faculty, staff, and students of Maryland's Bates Middle School are crafting a whole new vision of school transformation.

18 2,609 76,987 views
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.

37 696 100,820 views
Students working together in class.

Encouraging students to reach out to each other to solve problems and share knowledge builds collaborative skills and leads to deeper learning at The College Preparatory School.

9 322 67,011 views
Boy at monitors and mixing board for school broadcast

To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the educators of Forest Lake Elementary deploy a powerful array of digital-technology tools. Discover what your school can learn.

49 3,009 66,772 views

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