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

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.

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A close-up of a young girl and boy sitting on a carpet talking to each other. In the background, more students are sitting in pairs on carpet talking to each other.
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

School 21 believes oracy is as important as reading and writing, and the research supports it. From Harkness discussions to talk-rich assemblies, learn how you can integrate oracy at your school.

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In a classroom, nine students are grouped around a long, rectangular table talking to each other.
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

At School 21, the combination of teaching wellbeing, oracy (speaking skills), and project-based learning empowers students to create exceptional work that makes a real-world difference.

73 6,478 views
PBL and Arts: Empowering Students to Craft Beautiful Work
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

Learn how to bring cross-curricular, arts-infused project-based learning into your classroom.

7 209 21,877 views
How School 21 Educates the Whole Child
School 21 | Grades pre-K to 13

At School 21, students are exposed to different real-world contexts -- emotionally, academically, and creatively -- to discover their voice and place in the world.

4 16,388 views
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.

1 1,847 25,912 views
Learning Through Internships: Connecting Students' Passions to the Real World

Explore five ways to adapt internships (from field trips to shadow days), or follow nine steps to make Nashville Big Picture High School's internship program your own.

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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.

7 199 56,506 views
Young girl reading a book

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

3 364 57,056 views
Small Group Work With "I Choose"
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

When teachers began asking for time to work with students in small groups, Humboldt Elementary found the time for them.

7 1,870 44,665 views
Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement, in conjunction with other key best practices.

3 1,768 46,592 views
Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven

Ralston Elementary School is creating a culture of inquiry to nourish 21st-century learners.

11 251 37,676 views
Teacher standing in front of class holding a bell

Training, consistency, and trust are keys to successfully implementing a meditation program in school.

7 815 43,104 views
Children quietly sitting at their desks with eyes closed

Educators from Visitacion Valley Middle School, in San Francisco, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

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