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

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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Two teens in a high school classroom are smiling and high-fiving.

Watch how Summit Preparatory Charter High School fosters engaged learners through personalized instruction, flexible learning spaces, and social and emotional support.

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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.

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Boy at monitors and mixing board for school broadcast

To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the educators of Forest Lake Elementary deploy a powerful array of digital-technology tools. Discover what your school can learn.

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How Differentiated Instruction and Formative Assessment Work at Forest Lake Elementary

Educators use frequent formative assessments to determine the needs of each student at Forest Lake Elementary School.

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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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Young girl reading a book

How you can start personalizing learning in 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months, and beyond.

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A closeup of a teenage boy sitting by himself in a cafeteria, dressed in a blue button up shirt, tie, and suit jacket, looking directly at the camera.

Harley Center shares how relationships, humor, choice, and displaying his work engaged him, plus his three-minute video highlighting student work and personalized learning.

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Young students are working at tables in a large multipurpose room with large colorful-shaped decorations hanging from the ceiling.

Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.

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