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

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

24 2,487 17,333 views
Tech Buddies: Building Technology Skills Through Peer Teaching
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

See the learning on both sides when fifth graders teach computer skills to first graders.

8 196 14,846 views
A photograph of two students working together around a laptop.
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

Learn about how one district is innovating—from redesigning special education resources to having students teach their peers in the classroom.

Young students are working at tables in a large multipurpose room with large colorful-shaped decorations hanging from the ceiling.

Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.

42 10,187 26,646 views
Science Literacy: Sparking Curiosity and Solving Real-World Problems

See how students apply their literacy skills to explore science problems outside classroom walls.

11 281 19,119 views
Developing Independent Learners: Guiding Students to Be More Resourceful

When you empower students to be classroom experts, they learn to become resources for each other.

106 17,441 views
Teacher Labs: Making Professional Development Collaborative

Watch the magic that happens when educators observe each other teaching and then reflect together.

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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.

6 6,381 126,762 views
Teacher with students gathered around her looking at computer.

Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.

2 1,043 120,838 views
Three girls smiling behind a laptop

Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

21 2,106 116,485 views
Students working on projects

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

10 773 95,425 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.

2 991 82,201 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 2,830 84,997 views
Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding
Hampton High School | Grades 9-12

Whether it's an app or a piece of paper, exit tickets are quick, ungraded assessments of how you're teaching and what students need from you next.

18 517 49,874 views

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