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

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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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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Three kids sitting in class on a big futon each with a laptop

From abundant tools and smart budgeting to accessibility and trust, the Albemarle County Public Schools maintain a district-wide tech program that leverages digital literacy for all students.

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Nick working on an electrical project

A reluctant middle school student responded to a summer maker challenge and ended up demonstrating his sports training product prototype at a White House tech innovation fair.

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Two girls working together writing down food prices from the newspaper ad

By embracing inquiry-based learning and encouraging students to help shape their own classroom experiences, Wildwood IB World Magnet School has created an atmosphere that grooms students to be life-long learners.

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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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Two boys looking at a tablet

Wildwood IB World Magnet School rises above extraordinary conditions and demands through creative ways to extend its resources without compromising student needs and learning outcomes.

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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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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.

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Dad and daughter together smiling

Attract parent volunteers by giving them their own space and appointing a coordinator whose job it is to make them feel welcome, comfortable, and needed.

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Teaching Wellbeing: Helping Students Tackle Social Issues
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

Learn how School 21 explores topics like culture, diversity, and responsibility using drama techniques, grounding texts, and controversial statements.

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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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Edwards Middle School | Grades 6-8

Craig Haas, Special Ed and Student Services Coordinator at Edwards Middle School, shares how his team uses expanded learning time to provide relevant academic support to each individual student while breaking down stigmas between children of...

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Boy at computer and another using a tablet and stylus

Evidence of success in lowering the dropout rate and raising grades.

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