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

Interest-Based Electives: Engaging Students With STEAM Explorations

Educators at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy engage students by letting them choose outside-the-box enrichment classes, like toy making, drones, and candy chemistry.  

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A boy and girl working in the garden; adding to the composter

Walter Bracken STEAM Academy teaches their students real-world skills through imaginative practices.

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STEAM + Project-Based Learning: Real Solutions From Driving Questions

At Charles R. Drew Charter School, third-grade students use PBL to prepare for the next Snowpocalypse.

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Response to Intervention: Safe Spaces for Math and Literacy

At Charles R. Drew Charter School, the Literacy Center and Math Lab provide fun, engaging, and enriching interventions to help support students most in need.

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Elementary Engineering: From Simple Machines to Life Skills

At Charles R. Drew, educators use design thinking for teaching engineering concepts to elementary students.

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Kids outside using a level to see if a cross bar is straight

Charles R. Drew Charter School is building 21st-century skills in students using STEAM and project-based learning.

Response to Intervention: Collaborating to Target Instruction

Meyer Elementary School's Response to Intervention practice has contributed to their ranking in the top five percent of all Michigan schools.

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Mc2 Stem High School | Grades 9-12

Here's how one school designs rigorous projects that blend STEM with other core subjects. See how this strategy might work for you.

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A principal and two teachers listening

At Cochrane Collegiate Academy, teachers credit their principal with helping them continually improve their practice through effective PD, ongoing support, and mutual trust.

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

How you can get started.

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Real-Time Assessment: Providing a Window Into Student Learning

Easy ways to quickly gather student data every day—and how you can use it to reach all of your students, whether they’re ahead or behind.

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Elementary school principal Scott McFarland explains why helping children relax and self-regulate also helps them become better students.

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Response to Intervention: Safe Spaces for Math and Literacy

At Charles R. Drew Charter School, the Literacy Center and Math Lab provide fun, engaging, and enriching interventions to help support students most in need.

2 77 32,612 views

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