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

Teacher sitting at a table with her students working with a young boy

Meyer Elementary brings small-group learning and individualized instruction into the classroom to meet students at their learning ability and support their academic success and social-emotional development.

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Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven

Ralston Elementary School is creating a culture of inquiry to nourish 21st-century learners.

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Departmentalization and Integration: Deeper Learning for Elementary Students

See how Ralston Elementary teachers combine two subjects in one lesson, giving their students a deeper understanding of the content and its applied interconnectivity.

4 63 10,509 views
Girls standing listening to teacher

Ralston Elementary connects learning to real-world application, allowing students to delve deeper into the content and igniting their curiosity.

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Teacher standing talking with a student as they watch a girl pouring liquid into cups at a counter

PBL can align with CCSS when teachers, knowing their kids' interests and abilities, let projects evolve to meet student needs as well as the standards.

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A boy and two girls sitting together talking about the project they're working on

By encouraging students' wonder and recording their "I Wonder" questions, teachers can view those questions holistically and use them to develop lessons and projects that will harness student curiosity.

4 452 33,642 views
Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom

By taking down the walls of their school and bringing learning into the community around them, Crellin makes education meaningful and magical for their students.

5 121 10,327 views

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Public Speaking: Oracy Skills for the Real World
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

Using the oracy framework -- building physical, cognitive, linguistic, and emotional speaking skills -- students learn to speak on any topic and to any audience.

2 5,786 40,175 views
Man sitting at side of desk speaking with woman in the classroom.

Expert advice on shifting from brick and mortar to bytes and bits.

13 636 19,295 views
An Early Start on Financial Literacy Pays Off

A financial-literacy curriculum provides real-world context for learning and helps students directly connect school with their future goals.

4 317 17,060 views
Anatomy of a Project: Kinetic Conundrum

Art, history, engineering, language arts, and technology, both old and new, come together for eighth grade students in this rich project learning expedition at King Middle School in Portland, Maine.

2 85 16,073 views

Collaborative math and discussion-based English help to promote deeper learning, critical thinking, and community at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California.

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Supporting Behavioral Needs: A Multi-Tiered Approach

At P.K. Yonge, a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is used to meet every student's academic and behavioral needs.

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Mc2 Stem High School | Grades 9-12

Innovative and effective practices at Cleveland's MC2 STEM High School are driving learning and higher achievement for students in a district where every student qualifies for free- or reduced-price meals.

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