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

A female teacher is standing by and talking to four students at a table with their laptops open.
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Tips on how to reach your teaching goal when your initial plan fails.

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Peer Critique: Creating a Culture of Revision
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Your students can improve their work by recognizing the strengths and weaknesses in the work of others.

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Analyzing Student Work: Using Peer Feedback to Improve Instruction
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Tailor your instruction by incorporating your peers’ feedback about student work.

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A close up of four young girls sitting on a classroom carpet looking at a piece of paper together. They make part of a larger circle of elementary students sitting on the floor.
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Two Rivers Public Charter School fosters critical thinkers through arts integration, a protocol for critique, and problem-based learning.

A female teen is sitting in an art class, holding a long paint brush, painting on a canvas.

Increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills, and improved cognition are among the many reasons for teaching the arts.

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Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

Teach your students the recipe for success: taking risks, making mistakes, and integrating critical feedback.

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Mastering Self-Assessment: Deepening Independent Learning Through the Arts

Develop your students' ability to self-assess by showing them examples of mastery, equipping them with technical vocabulary, and providing them with opportunities to practice peer critique.

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How Differentiated Instruction and Formative Assessment Work at Forest Lake Elementary

Educators use frequent formative assessments to determine the needs of each student at Forest Lake Elementary School.

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Young girl reading a book

How you can start personalizing learning in 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months, and beyond.

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Small Group Work With "I Choose"
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

When teachers began asking for time to work with students in small groups, Humboldt Elementary found the time for them.

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Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement, in conjunction with other key best practices.

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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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Teacher standing in front of class holding a bell

Training, consistency, and trust are keys to successfully implementing a meditation program in school.

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Children quietly sitting at their desks with eyes closed

Educators from Visitacion Valley Middle School, in San Francisco, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

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