Stories from the Field

Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) has been, historically, one of the best performing school systems in the state of Maryland. In most of the academic state reported categories, CCPS has ranked in the top one or two spots for many years. CCPS generally has been a very traditional school system...

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...

A leading elementary school in the Project-Based Learning-driven New Tech Network, Katherine Smith School is a neighborhood school with a majority Hispanic population, generational poverty, and numerous challenges. However dedicated leadership and a committed staff have transformed the school into a vibrant and sought after exemplar for 21st century learning.

Leaders of Fulton County Schools, just outside Atlanta, realized that increasing its use of wireless technologies would bring several challenges, from ensuring the district’s network could handle increased capacity to training teachers on best practices for using devices in the classroom. The school district recently shared its story, below, with...

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...

“Why do I have to learn this?” It’s a question that crosses the minds of many high school students, but one that Ian Furstenberg doesn’t need to ask. Because of his classes in such technical fields as digital electronics and automation, he can see the immediate connection between his schoolwork...

Story posted October 7, 2011. Updated April 28, 2015Results: Dramatic decreases in student failure rates since 2009From 52% to 19% in English Language ArtsFrom 44% to 13% in math From 41% to 19% in scienceFrom nearly 33% to less than 10% in social studiesDramatic decreases in discipline cases (from 736...