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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Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.

Examples That Work

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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A photograph of an older student working with a younger student.
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

A Connecticut superintendent put teachers and students at the forefront of all decisions and transformed a district.

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A photograph of a brick front-of-school facade.
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

Memorandums of understanding help district leaders and union members achieve flexibility around time and money issues.

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A photograph of people around a conference room table.
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

“No agenda” doesn’t mean “no purpose”—these meetings foster innovation and open discussion among district leaders.

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Meriden Public Schools: Courageous Leadership and Innovation in Action
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

Visit a school district that has modernized by focusing on four key areas.

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A colorful classroom with light purple walls, blue and purple cloths covering the ceiling lights, a swing set, bouncy balls to sit on, and rowing exercise equipment.
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

A multipronged approach to improving services for students with special needs.

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Student-Centered Learning: Building Agency and Engagement
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

Peek inside a high school where teachers act as facilitators and students are directors of their own learning.

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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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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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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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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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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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