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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Students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy.

Examples That Work

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Three girls smiling behind a laptop

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

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

School 21 develops confident students who can articulate their thoughts and learning with strategies like discussion guidelines and roles and structured talk tasks.

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Students working on projects

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

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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.

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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.

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