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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Allowing students to move the furniture can help you differentiate instruction and give your students more agency in their learning.

Examples That Work

Two teenage boys in a full classroom are sitting at a table discussing something.
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

A student shares her insights into the most important skill you can teach. (Hint: It’s not perseverance.)

1,448 9,468 views
Three educators are sitting at a paper-covered table, reading and taking notes.
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Start with yourself. Model what it means to be a lifelong learner.

3 441 2,741 views
A close up of a female teacher from the shoulders up. She's sitting at a table with two other teachers, talking.
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Sharing your students' work with your peers fuels incredible professional growth.

3 188 2,990 views
Arts Integration: Deepening Understanding of Core Content
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Arts integration is more than an afterthought. You can use the arts to both meet your arts standards and deepen academic learning.

1 285 18,320 views
A female teacher is standing by and talking to four students at a table with their laptops open.
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Tips on how to reach your teaching goal when your initial plan fails.

690 11,212 views
Peer Critique: Creating a Culture of Revision
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Your students can improve their work by recognizing the strengths and weaknesses in the work of others.

1,068 19,176 views
Analyzing Student Work: Using Peer Feedback to Improve Instruction
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Tailor your instruction by incorporating your peers’ feedback about student work.

2 157 23,642 views

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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 1,612 106,387 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.

6 6,255 100,408 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
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.

4 2,032 94,086 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 79,151 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.

2 560 65,792 views
Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

At P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, integrating digital content with face-to-face learning has led to impressive gains in student achievement.

75 1,084 69,651 views

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