Stories from the Field

“Our stakeholder data said we needed to make changes, and here is what we did.” Rebecca illustrated each step carefully that she and her principal had taken to build the teacher professional development system in their elementary school. The design she was sharing was based on the model I had...

Educators nationwide are building student buy-in for STEM education by challenging learners to solve real-world challenges. By simultaneously showing students how STEM skills can help to solve complex community problems while demonstrating STEM’s power to improve their personal futures—including these examples where schools use STEM-based lessons to explore issues such...

Alice Ott Middle School built a reading program intended to bring struggling students to grade level and enrich the skills of those already on grade level. Gone was the large amount of time spent on sustained silent reading that had no purpose other than having students read material of their...

This 1:1 school developed a hands-on learning model by building trust with students and the community, and powerful partnerships for student success. An inspiring turnaround story, RMMS has been a featured Digital Learning Day school, awarded grants from I3, Digital Promise, and Digital Innovation in Learning. School Profile850 students in...

Chattanooga, known by an older generation for The Andrew Sisters song “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” is now becoming known as the leading U.S. community addressing digital equity. The effort is multi-layered and comprehensive, and its leadership starts at the top with its young mayor, Andy Berke. The school system, Hamilton County...

In the low-income neighborhood of South Sacramento in the late 1990’s, parents and guardians were told by the school district that they were “partners” in their children’s education, yet they felt they were treated like problems rather than solutions. Communication, and trust, were at an all-time low. Helped by a...

When Cole Young, former principal of Humboldt Elementary School, received an email from a nonprofit organization about how highly performing schools overcome challenges, he initially thought it was an ad asking his school to take part in a competitive application process. It wasn’t, and Humboldt Elementary is one of five...

Every morning, Daisy Dyer Duerr, the principal of tiny St. Paul High School in northwestern Arkansas, ends the morning announcements with a rallying cry: “No excuses. No limits.” In the isolated, rural town of St. Paul, on the edge of the Ozark Mountains, the streets are dirt and the poverty...

The Education Trust honored three outstanding public schools at their Dispelling the Myth Awards ceremony. These schools were chosen because, “[they] are doing the right thing for kids: providing a rich, coherent curriculum and making it interesting and engaging for their students. In the process, they are making themselves the...

It’s just a short but beautiful drive from the picturesque city harbor on the bay in Belfast, ME, to 60 spectacular acres dotted with greenhouses, cold frames, a community garden, and beautifully designed and maintained flower beds. This is the inviting home of Troy Howard Middle School, which houses 400...