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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Students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy.

Examples That Work

Students working on laptops.
Highlander Charter School | Grades Pre-K–12

A high-needs school in Rhode Island helps close the achievement gap while preparing students for active citizenship.

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Domingo: Somebody Just Like Me
Highlander Charter School | Grades Pre-K–12

When students see themselves reflected in their teachers, it shows them that they too can succeed.

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Morning Meetings: Building Community in the Classroom
Highlander Charter School | Grades Pre-K–12

Starting the day with this 15-minute activity helps students regulate their emotions and focus on the day’s learning.

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Station Rotation: Differentiating Instruction to Reach All Students
Highlander Charter School | Grades Pre-K–12

Rotation stations allow students to learn in a range of modalities, while making differentiation manageable for one teacher.

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Talking Politics: Valuing Different Perspectives
Highlander Charter School | Grades Pre-K–12

Students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy.

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A female teacher is talking to two smiling elementary students.
Highlander Charter School | Grades Pre-K–12

See how Highlander Charter School reduces the achievement gap through social-emotional learning and differentiated and personalized instruction.

The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus & Learn
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

After we published a video about a special room designed to help autistic kids calm and focus themselves, you had questions. Here’s what it takes to create this kind of space.

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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation.

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Edwards Middle School | Grades 6-8

Middle school English language arts teacher Hassan Mansaray shares how he uses an individualized learning model, Readers and Writers Workshop, to reach his students in an expanded learning time program.

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Girl looking at her binder in class with other students

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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Teachers in discussion

Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Students in class

After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.

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Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning

At Symonds Elementary, teachers use morning meetings to develop valuable social-emotional skills, create a culture of respect and trust, and prepare students to learn.

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