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

Personalized Learning: Enabling Voice and Choice Through Projects

Adapt these six tips to bring personalized learning projects into your classroom and build student engagement.

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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.

1 1,847 24,398 views
A male teacher and female high school student are sitting across from each other at a black classroom table, talking and smiling. There's an opened laptop and notebook on the table.

At Nashville Big Picture High School, student voice and choice, intentional relationships, and two internship days each week are staples of the academic program.

An adult female in a counseling room is sitting across a small table from a teenage student, helping him fill out a form.

Trinidad Garza Early College High School helped Carlos Nava define and reinforce his personal narrative outside of the confines of society.

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Early College Model: Giving Students College Access in High School

At Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students can earn a free Associate’s degree. Last year, almost 50% of their graduating class did just that.

1 41 18,968 views
A closeup of a teenage girl sitting at her desk, smiling. One hand is resting on an opened notebook, and her other hand is holding a pencil above a sheet of paper she's writing on. Other students are sitting throughout the classroom.

Raise your underserved students' expectations by raising your own, and create a series of reachable, data-based goals, scaffolding your instruction and mitigating their fear of failure.

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A closeup of two female teens from the shoulder up sitting, looking towards the front of the class.

Embedded in study halls, Trinidad Garza Early College High School counselors support their students to succeed through scaffolded academic and social-emotional supports.

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How to Get Students Ready for Learning

Responsive Classroom techniques, such as relationship-building morning meetings and engaging student-led activities, get students focused and ready to learn.

3 622 113,407 views
Student sitting on the floor working on his laptop

Educators from Maine have shared details about their administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials you may adapt for your class, school, or school district.

3 84 39,183 views
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.

9 316 32,468 views
"Authentic" Assessment at School of the Future
School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

Educators at New York's School of the Future have enjoyed great success at teaching and assessing their students. Both efforts are squarely focused on student understanding of fundamental concepts and real-life learning. Making these efforts...

10 96 42,329 views
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.

5 112 21,465 views
Meditation Education Infographic. Several studies have examined the effects of meditation using controlled trials in elementary and high schools. The meditation practices ranged from 10 to 40 minutes, were daily to biweekly, and lasted three to six months

As a growing body of research points to positive outcomes from meditation in schools, programs are spreading across the country.

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Teacher watching young students working a math problem with sidewalk chalk

Educators from The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, have provided these resources and tools for collaborative learning.

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