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

EDhub: Building a 21st Century Space to Transform Learning

A community raised $6 million to construct an innovative 30,000-square-foot facility complete with makerspaces and learning labs.

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Cranking Teaching Strategies Up to Awesome

“Surprise and delight” is a core student engagement strategy at this school—built into both the instruction and the building’s design.

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Buddy Berry looks at a computer with students.

A determined superintendent looks to transform student lives in his rural Kentucky hometown.

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Community Projects: Hands-On Learning With a Purpose

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

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Early College Program: Providing a Supported College Experience

Get a look at a dual-enrollment program that prepares high school students to overcome the obstacles on the path to finishing college.

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The facade of an Eminence Independent School building in Eminence, Kentucky.

Eminence Independent Schools was failing its students, so the district interviewed every student to understand their needs.

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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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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