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

A female teen is sitting in an art class, holding a long paint brush, painting on a canvas.

Increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills, and improved cognition are among the many reasons for teaching the arts.

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A group of teen girls are dancing ballet in a dance studio.

Through embracing failure, welcoming critical feedback, and daily support seminars, students at New Mexico School for the Arts master self-assessment and attain independence as learners.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 44,594 views

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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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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.

9 325 34,984 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.

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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.

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"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...

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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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Arts Integration for Deeper Learning in Middle School
Bates Middle School | Grades 6-8

Critical thinking, risk taking, and collaboration are just some of the areas where Bates Middle School educators report big improvements since integrating the arts.

6 2,865 68,994 views

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