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

A close up of four young girls sitting on a classroom carpet looking at a piece of paper together. They make part of a larger circle of elementary students sitting on the floor.
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Two Rivers Public Charter School fosters critical thinkers through arts integration, a protocol for critique, and problem-based learning.

Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

Teach your students the recipe for success: taking risks, making mistakes, and integrating critical feedback.

5 932 36,833 views
Mastering Self-Assessment: Deepening Independent Learning Through the Arts

Develop your students' ability to self-assess by showing them examples of mastery, equipping them with technical vocabulary, and providing them with opportunities to practice peer critique.

5 110 23,669 views
Support Seminars: How to Prepare Students for High School and Beyond

Learn how New Mexico School for the Arts structures, schedules, and staffs daily support seminars to make their students college and career ready.

1 131 18,349 views
A female teen is standing in a school hallway talking to a male teacher; there are dance fliers on a bulletin board on the wall beside them.

Learn to access the right data: the why (why do your students not get it?) and the how (how can you reteach content to stick?).

5 213 11,461 views
A female teen is sitting in an art class, holding a long paint brush, painting on a canvas.

Increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills, and improved cognition are among the many reasons for teaching the arts.

1 385 6,976 views
A group of teen girls are dancing ballet in a dance studio.

Through embracing failure, welcoming critical feedback, and daily support seminars, students at New Mexico School for the Arts master self-assessment and attain independence as learners.

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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.

17 424 47,285 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.

4 1,146 39,433 views
Six adults in the science lab classroom sitting around a table in discussion
School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

New York's School of the Future shares their assessment plans and rubrics, classroom projects, schedules, web links, and other resources to help you implement "authentic" assessment today.

2 630 64,530 views
Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

School 21 develops confident students who can articulate their thoughts and learning with strategies like discussion guidelines and roles and structured talk tasks.

35 1,400 74,390 views
Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish

At this high school in Texas, where every class is project-based, there is a commitment to a consistent process, a focus on relationships, and a commitment to relevance and rigor.

11 374 102,453 views
Two girls smiling, sitting at a desk

Educators from Cochrane Collegiate Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

1 751 61,790 views
Recess for High School Students
Montpelier High School | Grades 9-12

Last year, Montpelier High shifted its schedule to free up 15 minutes -- for recess. Teachers and students find they are more calm and focused, with a camaraderie that continues into the classroom.

3 2,831 47,243 views

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