Stories from the Field

The halls of Boaz Middle School are buzzing with energy. Students walk past bulletin boards displaying their work, as a visitor stops to browse the examples of graphic organizers and short essays. Teachers stand in the open classroom doorways, discussing students, strategies and the day's successes. Students stop to ask...
There is a special energy at Marshall Fundamental Secondary School. Students exhibit a cheerful spirit and are clearly glad to be there; teachers are welcoming and energetic. As a result, demand to attend Marshall has grown in recent years and typically exceeds the number of spaces available with a waiting...
Thirty-five miles north of Seattle sits the merged campus of Quil Ceda and Tulalip Elementary schools. The schools are on the Tulalip Indian Reservation and, together, serve just over 500 students, of which 63 percent are American Indian and a majority receives free or reduced-price lunch. When about 50 percent...
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...
Both legend and history, dating back to when the area was settled in the early 1600s, surround Sleepy Hollow (NY) High School. Sleepy Hollow and its sister village, Tarrytown, bring to mind an idyllic vision of American life. Located on the banks of the Hudson River 20 miles north of...
Maplewood Richmond Heights launched a one-to-one Mac laptop program for the middle school in 2005 and for the high school a year later. The Mac Mentors/Help Desk Technology program was created out of the need for an on-site help desk. The help desk is partially staffed by high school students,...
Story posted April 22, 2014 This story is part of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program . Result: In 2012, the district had a graduation rate of 85%, up 15% from 2008 As of 2008, Muscatine Community School District’s leaders faced two challenges: only 70%...
"There's not a minute to be lost." That's the mantra in many high-needs schools today, where the pressures of high-stakes accountability have reduced the time spent on "untested" subjects and activities like art, music, drama and physical education. And perhaps no brand of school fun has taken the drubbing given...
Story posted March 24, 2014 Results: Enrollment has nearly doubled since the program started in 2002 with 225 students So far, 92 students have earned credentials with 18 diplomas, 73 GEDs, and one technical certificate. Kent Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas stopped at a gas station recently, where a young man...