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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Examples That Work

Teacher Collaboration: Spreading Best Practices School-Wide

At Wildwood IB World Magnet School, teacher collaboration fosters a supportive professional culture, lessens teacher conflict, and provides students with schoolwide best practices.

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Student-Led Conferences: Empowerment and Ownership

Putting students in the driver's seat of their parent-teacher conferences creates opportunities for reflection, engagement, and agency.

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Boy on stool teaching engaged classmates circled around him

The IB's Primary and Middle Years Programs let students pursue their interests and develop their collaborative, thinking, and problem-solving skills within a rigorous academic framework.

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Fit Lit: How Movement Impacts Learning
Casey Middle School | Grades 6-8

Students at Casey Middle learn more (and feel good about it) in a combined language arts/fitness class that boosts their cognition with aerobic and anaerobic activities.

9 724 23,201 views
Inquiry-Based Learning in the Science Classroom
Casey Middle School | Grades 6-8

Beginning with a central question and driven by curiosity and personal passions, science students at Casey Middle seek answers through research, experimentation, and data analysis.

9 316 31,679 views
Bilingual Program: Academic Content in Two Languages
Casey Middle School | Grades 6-8

Native English and Spanish speakers come together in Casey Middle's Bilingual Program, tutoring one another as they study core subjects and electives in both languages.

76 12,888 views
Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning

At Symonds Elementary, teachers use morning meetings to develop valuable social-emotional skills, create a culture of respect and trust, and prepare students to learn.

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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 81 29,131 views
Advisory: Building Relationships for Student Success

Nashville Big Picture High School shares many ways to build intentional relationships with students -- strategies that can work at schools of any size.

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Learning Expeditions: Rethinking Field Trips

For Normal Park students, the entire community of Chattanooga, Tennessee -- from museums and cultural centers to local businesses and natural areas -- provides opportunities to make real-world connections to curriculum.

5 43 11,318 views
Personalized Learning: Enabling Voice and Choice Through Projects

Adapt these six tips to bring personalized learning projects into your classroom and build student engagement.

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Jess Hughes gesturing with hands, speaking with another teacher
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

Use this innovative, six-step approach of structured yet welcoming group discussion to invite thoughtful classroom, department, and schoolwide feedback.

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22 primary students and one teacher sitting in circle on the floor in assembly with two teachers standing on the side
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

Here are five tips that can make assemblies engaging, participative, and reflective of your school's values, content, and pedagogies.

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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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