Stories from the Field

Richardson Independent School District integrates STEM learning opportunities at every grade level to ensure more students, particularly females and minorities, will be prepared for the high-growth STEM fields Richardson Independent School District (RISD), one of Texas’ leading school systems since its establishment in 1854, is located north of Dallas, Texas....
Dr. Candace Singh, Superintendent of California’s Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) is passionate about STEM and is dedicated to providing each of her students an engaging STEM learning experience. But Dr. Singh, known as Candy to her team, quickly recognized the district needed a strong plan to bring this...
When Dr. Sonia Stewart, principal at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, came to Nashville from Chicago, she brought with her both the background knowledge and experience of working with community schools. So in addition to furthering the community schools strategy at Pearl-Cohn, she has helped Community Achieves (CA), the Metro...
William Penn High School in New Castle, Delaware provides its students numerous choices of academic and technical programs within the school, including a STEM college, business college, and humanities college. Students select a course of study when they enter, then over the next four years gain the needed skills to...
How can a small, rural district blend technology and mediated learning instruction to cultivate a holistic learning environment for all students? That is the question Center Grove School Corporations asked itself. That is the question that students can now answer.
Antontrey Begaye knew he wanted to become a physician after doing clinical rotations as a medical assistant in high school while taking career and technical education classes in the Flagstaff Unified School District. But he wasn’t quite sure how to get there until he received help from mentors Eugene Begay...
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.
“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...
How does the principal of a large PK-6 elementary school – a former reading coach well-versed in ARI fidelity – learn to lead a schoolwide transformation to project-based learning? With the help of some pushy experts, she says. Experts who happen to be teachers in her own school. Julia Gordon...
This spring, when a group of educators visited Baldwin County's Gulf Shores Elementary for an "instructional round" organized by the Alabama Best Practices Center, they compared the PK-6 school's one-page instructional target document with what they saw during their observations. The target laid out the GSES educators' vision of "what...