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

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.

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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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Three girls sitting at their desks pushed together talking over survey questions

At Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students begin taking college courses in ninth grade.

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A high school boy is sitting at his desk, smiling, folding a piece of cardboard with pieces of tape on it. The class is filled with students at their desks or on the floor cutting and taping together pieces of cardboard.

University Park Campus School encourages students to take risks and, if they fail, helps them take responsibility for their own learning and success.

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Girl sitting at her desk in deep thought, writing

Through being reflective about your own teaching practices, model and guide students toward a more reflective approach to their projects, grades, actions, and reactions.

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Four students, desks in a circle, working as a group; one helping another with a math problem

Help your students develop a growth mindset through fostering student agency and active learning, student-led meetings, low-stakes writing assignments, team problem solving, and honest reflection.

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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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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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"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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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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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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Keeping Assessment Relevant and "Authentic"
School Of The Future | Grades 6-8

Mistakes become learning opportunities in Ben Mook's 7th grade Algebra class. To assess his students, Mook challenges them to solve real life problems, and emphasizes their thought processes over getting the right answers.

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