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

Design Thinking: Prioritizing Process Skills

Watch kids become master problem solvers and collaborators by designing, building, and iterating on prototypes.

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photograph of student and teacher working on a project

Student-directed learning is at the heart at Birmingham Covington School, a suburban school of choice in Michigan.

Real-Time Assessment: Providing a Window Into Student Learning

Easy ways to quickly gather student data every day—and how you can use it to reach all of your students, whether they’re ahead or behind.

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Habits, Community, and Culture: Laying the Foundation for Emotional Intelligence

Build social and emotional skills into any class.

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A multipurpose room filled with college banners, students studying at tables, cubbies against one wall, and an open office with two adults sitting behind a desk counter.

See how one high school shapes its PBL curriculum—available online for free—to help prepare students to progress all the way to college graduation.

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Flexible Classrooms: Making Space for Personalized Learning

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

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A class filled of high school students are standing back-to-back with their eyes closed, focusing on their breath.

It’s quick and easy to implement, and has proven benefits including boosted working memory and reduced stress.

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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management
Glenview Elementary | Grades K-5

At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Inquiry-Based Learning in the Science Classroom
Casey Middle School | Grades 6-8

Beginning with a central question and driven by curiosity and personal passions, science students at Casey Middle seek answers through research, experimentation, and data analysis.

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Middle school principal Mike McCarthy shares 30 years of wisdom on how to run a school well.

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