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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Student Surveys: Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

When teachers survey their classes at Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students see how their opinions matter and have a direct impact on instruction.

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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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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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Students and community members framing a building.

Educators from High Tech High in San Diego, California, and the Whitfield Career Academy's 21st Century Learning Academy in Dalton, Georgia, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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At one New Tech Network high school, strategies backed by research make project-based learning effective and engaging for teachers and students.

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A boy and two girls sitting together talking about the project they're working on

By encouraging students' wonder and recording their "I Wonder" questions, teachers can view those questions holistically and use them to develop lessons and projects that will harness student curiosity.

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Boys playing guitar and singing

At King Middle School and Casco Bay High School, in Portland, Maine, every student works in a widely hailed project-learning method called expeditionary learning. Discover what your school can learn.

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