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

Man singing and playing the guitar in the gym full of students and teachers

Graduating fifth-grade students reflect on their struggles, growth, and achievements within the positive, caring environment of SEL-based Symonds Elementary School.

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Bookmaking Across Subjects: Making Learning Last Longer

Taking class projects schoolwide makes learning more fun, more engaging, and more lasting for students.

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Two girls giving each other a high-five

Symonds Elementary brings social-emotional learning and individualized instruction into every classroom and to every child, ensuring an environment where students feel safe, valued, and engaged.

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photo of a teacher-librarian in the library

A 21st-century librarian can inspire a school by modeling responsive teaching, advocating for student involvement, facilitating new approaches to writing, and encouraging user-centered spaces.

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Instructional Coaching: Seeding District-Wide Innovation

At Albemarle County Public Schools, teacher-driven instructional coaching supports teachers in their professional development, helps them to engage their students in authentic learning, and spreads innovative practices district-wide.

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Maker Education: Reaching All Learners

At Albemarle County Public Schools, maker education fosters student autonomy, ignites student interest, and empowers students to embrace their own learning.

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Kids working independently sitting in a canoe, and in groups at a small round table and a square table at floor height

By redefining failure as part of learning, we give children choices to take risks, opportunities to excel, and the support to grow into their potential.

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Teaching Grade School Students How to Make Global Impact

The John Stanford International School has been a model for developing global-awareness curricula. Now they’ve expanded their lessons to teach students how to take action to help others.

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Kids on the playground

How a resource-strapped elementary school became a top-performing school with a homegrown, easy-to-implement program of differentiated instruction.

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A closeup of a teenage girl sitting at her desk, smiling. One hand is resting on an opened notebook, and her other hand is holding a pencil above a sheet of paper she's writing on. Other students are sitting throughout the classroom.

Raise your underserved students' expectations by raising your own, and create a series of reachable, data-based goals, scaffolding your instruction and mitigating their fear of failure.

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Boy in suit studying at a table
School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

How you can get started.

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How Teachers Collaborate Online and in School

The Vail School District in southern Arizona developed a wiki for teachers to share lesson plans and resources. Today, the wiki is a smash hit, and textbooks are a thing of the past.

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PBL and Arts: Empowering Students to Craft Beautiful Work
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

Learn how to bring cross-curricular, arts-infused project-based learning into your classroom.

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Hands at work on an electrical project
Mc2 Stem High School | Grades 9-12

How you can help students take responsibility and meet high expectations by providing the right tools and support along the way.

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