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

A photograph of a brick front-of-school facade.
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

Memorandums of understanding help district leaders and union members achieve flexibility around time and money issues.

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A photograph of people around a conference room table.
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

“No agenda” doesn’t mean “no purpose”—these meetings foster innovation and open discussion among district leaders.

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Meriden Public Schools: Courageous Leadership and Innovation in Action
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

Visit a school district that has modernized by focusing on four key areas.

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A colorful classroom with light purple walls, blue and purple cloths covering the ceiling lights, a swing set, bouncy balls to sit on, and rowing exercise equipment.
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

A multipronged approach to improving services for students with special needs.

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Student-Centered Learning: Building Agency and Engagement
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

Peek inside a high school where teachers act as facilitators and students are directors of their own learning.

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The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus & Learn
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.

37 2,540 23,682 views
Tech Buddies: Building Technology Skills Through Peer Teaching
Meriden Public Schools | Grades K-12

See the learning on both sides when fifth graders teach computer skills to first graders.

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A poster pinned on the wall drawn by students that says "Be A Friend"

Through Responsive Classroom practices such as Social Thinking, Symonds Elementary teaches its students daily that who they learn with is as important as what they learn.

9 3,473 86,651 views
Exit Tickets: Checking for Understanding
Hampton High School | Grades 9-12

Whether it's an app or a piece of paper, exit tickets are quick, ungraded assessments of how you're teaching and what students need from you next.

18 524 53,351 views
Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

At P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, integrating digital content with face-to-face learning has led to impressive gains in student achievement.

81 1,058 88,676 views
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 squinting, holding and looking through a cutout in a cardboard frame
Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

Thanks to a bold strategy -- integrating the arts into curricula -- the faculty, staff, and students of Maryland's Bates Middle School are crafting a whole new vision of school transformation.

18 2,609 76,987 views
Reteach and Enrich: How to Make Time for Every Student

See step-by-step how this Arizona elementary school gives its students the additional time they need to master core concepts and elevate their learning to the next level.

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Students working together in class.

Encouraging students to reach out to each other to solve problems and share knowledge builds collaborative skills and leads to deeper learning at The College Preparatory School.

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