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

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Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Start with yourself. Model what it means to be a lifelong learner.

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A close up of four young girls sitting on a classroom carpet looking at a piece of paper together. They make part of a larger circle of elementary students sitting on the floor.
Two Rivers Public Charter School | Grades pre-K to 8

Two Rivers Public Charter School fosters critical thinkers through arts integration, a protocol for critique, and problem-based learning.

Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

Teach your students the recipe for success: taking risks, making mistakes, and integrating critical feedback.

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Mastering Self-Assessment: Deepening Independent Learning Through the Arts

Develop your students' ability to self-assess by showing them examples of mastery, equipping them with technical vocabulary, and providing them with opportunities to practice peer critique.

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Support Seminars: How to Prepare Students for High School and Beyond

Learn how New Mexico School for the Arts structures, schedules, and staffs daily support seminars to make their students college and career ready.

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A female teen is standing in a school hallway talking to a male teacher; there are dance fliers on a bulletin board on the wall beside them.

Learn to access the right data: the why (why do your students not get it?) and the how (how can you reteach content to stick?).

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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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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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Teacher Collaboration: Spreading Best Practices School-Wide

At Wildwood IB World Magnet School, teacher collaboration fosters a supportive professional culture, lessens teacher conflict, and provides students with schoolwide best practices.

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Series Reading: Tracking, Rewarding, and Encouraging Literacy

At Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, 100 percent of the fifth-grade students are meeting grade-level fluency standards in reading.

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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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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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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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