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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Twice a year, students and teachers in Eminence, Kentucky, collaborate for three days on meaningful projects that serve their community.

Examples That Work

Domingo: Somebody Just Like Me
Highlander Charter School | Grades Pre-K–12

When students see themselves reflected in their teachers, it shows them that they too can succeed.

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Morning Meetings: Building Community in the Classroom
Highlander Charter School | Grades Pre-K–12

Starting the day with this 15-minute activity helps students regulate their emotions and focus on the day’s learning.

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Station Rotation: Differentiating Instruction to Reach All Students
Highlander Charter School | Grades Pre-K–12

Rotation stations allow students to learn in a range of modalities, while making differentiation manageable for one teacher.

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Talking Politics: Valuing Different Perspectives
Highlander Charter School | Grades Pre-K–12

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

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A female teacher is talking to two smiling elementary students.
Highlander Charter School | Grades Pre-K–12

See how Highlander Charter School reduces the achievement gap through social-emotional learning and differentiated and personalized instruction.

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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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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