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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A male and female teen are sitting at a table together. Together, they're holding a long ruler and are both looking at it.

Trinidad Garza Early College High School uses six key instructional strategies to prepare students for higher education.

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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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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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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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Differentiated Instruction Ignites Elementary School Learning

At Forest Lake Elementary School, in Columbia, South Carolina, achievement has soared since educators started using new technology to personalize the learning experience for each student.

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Young students are working at tables in a large multipurpose room with large colorful-shaped decorations hanging from the ceiling.

Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.

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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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Collaborative Planning: Integrating Curriculum Across Subjects

Hood River Middle School collaborates on projects across subjects to make learning relevant, connected, and engaging.

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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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Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom at Mesquite Elementary School

Mix teacher collaboration and innovative leadership with a big dose of differentiated instruction and you get Mesquite Elementary's winning recipe.

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