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

Low-Stakes Writing: Writing to Learn, Not Learning to Write

University Park Campus School uses low-stakes writing to scaffold instruction, develop student voice, and foster critical thinkers.

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Team Problem Solving: Paving the Path to Success for Every Student

By creating a culture committed to problem solving, University Park Campus School tackles student need early and effectively.

12 359 8,883 views
Student-Led Meetings: Empowering Student Voice

Students at University Park Campus School grow into their power and potential through student-led meetings.

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Students gathered, standing in a single line around the classroom, listening to each other speak

Through fostering critical thinking and academic expression, University Park Campus School helps students to find, develop, and own their voice.

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A classroom of kids and teacher out on the field getting ready to release a weather balloon

Turn your school into a community hub by making your facilities publicly available, letting your community know about it, and creating partnerships with those who rent your school spaces.

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A class off the school bus next to the river taking notes

An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.

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Close up of a hand holding a pencil captioning drawings of water seeping between rocks, freezing and melting

Permaculture is ideal for teaching ecology, yet also works as a classroom design system that fosters empathy, inspires advocacy, and increases productivity within your school's existing standards and framework.

4 118 1,979 views

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Blended Learning: Working With One iPad

Learn how one educator has found a way to put a single iPad to use so the whole class benefits.

11 79 12,565 views
Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding

Encouraging students to reach out to one another to solve problems not only builds collaboration skills but leads to deeper learning and understanding.

4 354 81,162 views
Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.

22 501 17,923 views
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.

30 1,235 7,144 views
Infographic showing the value of educating students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Mc2 Stem High School | Grades 9-12

Knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be the key to a successful future. Here's why a STEM education matters and how you can inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

7 1,517 29,944 views
Teacher pointing to a wall of color coded cards
Humboldt Elementary | Grades K-6

Humboldt Elementary, a school once on the verge of being labeled under-performing, turned to data to move the bar on student success.

22 3,633 28,706 views
Performance-Based Assessment: Engaging Students in Chemistry
Hampton High School | Grades 9-12

In Hampton High's PBA Chemistry Research Project, students create a model of their compound, produce a video about it, and defend it in a debate.

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