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

Real-World Problem Solving: Finding Solutions Through Projects

By using real-world problems as projects for children to solve, Crellin Elementary empowers, engages, and excites students about what they can learn and how they can use that knowledge.

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Learning Partners: Co-Teaching With Community Experts

Inviting community members into the classroom to share their expertise can help bring lessons and learning to life for students.

192 23,061 views
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.

8 140 10,465 views
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.

4 492 33,885 views
Teacher reviewing work with two students in front of a window with flowers in the window sill

Crellin Elementary, a small, rural K-5 school in Oakland, Maryland, takes hands-on, project-based learning to a level that extends far beyond a few one-off projects per year.

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Boy sitting with tongue out gluing with great concentration; teacher standing next to him using scissors

An artist-in-residence program can enrich educational experiences schoolwide if adequately understood by the teachers, supported by the administration, and funded by the school community.

3 48 2,990 views
Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach

Strategies like mindfulness, emotional regulation, and supportive small groups help Symonds meet the academic and social needs of their students.

5 624 55,720 views

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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.

1 210 14,451 views
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.

7 218 22,959 views
Student listening to a man explain something at the computer in an architect's office
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

Personalized learning means student agency, defining curriculum by real-life skills, defining learning expectations, encouraging self-knowledge, and teachers getting to know their students as people.

16 324 14,202 views
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.

9 801 23,702 views
Critical Thinking Wins the Day at a KIPP High School

Suggestions from educators at KIPP King Collegiate High School on how to help develop and assess critical-thinking skills in your students.

2 64 20,208 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.

1 199 18,667 views
Analyzing Student Work: Using Peer Feedback to Improve Instruction
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Tailor your instruction by incorporating your peers’ feedback about student work.

2 276 25,254 views

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