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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See how students apply their literacy skills to explore science problems outside classroom walls.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 3,637 28,902 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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