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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Allowing students to move the furniture can help you differentiate instruction and give your students more agency in their learning.

Examples That Work

photo of students at a table with bowls on top of it
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

Successful arts integration includes approaching your Curriculum like an artist, a rich process for a rich product, cultivating artist-researchers, and combining content with art.

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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.

935 12,458 views
The backs of two sitting students are facing a male teacher who is standing, smiling, and looking proudly at a booklet he's holding.
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

Create a culture of critique and redrafting in your classroom by adapting the seven-step Audience Response protocol to your subject matter and students' needs.

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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.

1 1,112 12,956 views
A teenage boy and girl are sitting at a classroom table with an opened notebook, talking to each other.
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

Learn how School 21 uses literature as a gateway to explore sensitive themes, like race, bullying, and personal values.

3 94 5,731 views
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.

4 287 21,962 views
Public Speaking: Oracy Skills for the Real World
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

Using the oracy framework -- building physical, cognitive, linguistic, and emotional speaking skills -- students learn to speak on any topic and to any audience.

2 5,786 41,364 views

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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.

17 420 46,557 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 1,116 38,193 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.

2 745 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.

29 1,400 60,773 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.

11 374 100,967 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 2,741 47,001 views

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