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

Solving Real-World Problems: Bringing Authentic Context to Learning
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

The perfect problem connects content, student interest, and an authentic context.

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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.

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.

5 49 22,555 views
Support Seminars: How to Prepare Students for High School and Beyond

Learn how New Mexico School for the Arts structures, schedules, and staffs daily support seminars to make their students college and career ready.

1 70 17,868 views
A female teen is standing in a school hallway talking to a male teacher; there are dance fliers on a bulletin board on the wall beside them.

Learn to access the right data: the why (why do your students not get it?) and the how (how can you reteach content to stick?).

3 68 11,831 views
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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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.

24 1,612 102,378 views
How to Engage Underperforming Students

Guided by research, educators at Cochrane Collegiate have homed in on ten top teaching methods, and teachers receive weekly PD to help them implement the practices.

13 2,826 75,948 views
Students working on projects

Use these guiding principles to pull together projects with the time and resources you have.

10 773 91,029 views
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.

3 1,570 88,818 views
Mathis in active dialogue with students sitting in circle on the floor with hands raised

An inquiry-based curriculum requires both planning and flexibility, as well as a teacher knowing the students well enough to anticipate their interests and limits.

5 705 83,786 views
Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions

Wildwood IB World Magnet School uses the inquiry-based model to put students in charge of their learning, with lessons that stem from student questions and harness the power of curiosity.

2 536 55,930 views
Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

See step-by-step how this Arizona elementary school gives its students the additional time they need to master core concepts and elevate their learning to the next level.

37 696 72,463 views

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