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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Twice a year, students and teachers in Eminence, Kentucky, collaborate for three days on meaningful projects that serve their community.

Examples That Work

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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.

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Science Literacy: Sparking Curiosity and Solving Real-World Problems

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

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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.

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Teacher Labs: Making Professional Development Collaborative

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

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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.

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Design Thinking: Prioritizing Process Skills

Watch kids become master problem solvers and collaborators by designing, building, and iterating on prototypes.

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Real-World Problem Solving: Finding Solutions Through Projects

By using real-world problems as projects for children to solve, Crellin Elementary empowers, engages, and excites students about what they can learn and how they can use that knowledge.

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Inquiry-Based Learning in the Science Classroom
Casey Middle School | Grades 6-8

Beginning with a central question and driven by curiosity and personal passions, science students at Casey Middle seek answers through research, experimentation, and data analysis.

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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management
Glenview Elementary | Grades K-5

At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.

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Recess for High School Students
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

Last year, Montpelier High shifted its schedule to free up 15 minutes -- for recess. Teachers and students find they are more calm and focused, with a camaraderie that continues into the classroom.

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Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven

Ralston Elementary School is creating a culture of inquiry to nourish 21st-century learners.

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School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

New York's School of the Future shares their assessment plans and rubrics, classroom projects, schedules, web links, and other resources to help you implement "authentic" assessment today.

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Middle school principal Mike McCarthy shares 30 years of wisdom on how to run a school well.

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