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Showing results for Grades: Grades 9-12

Francis Hardy

Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg, SC
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

To help her students understand the cultural effects of black writers on American society, Dr. Hardy attends the National Black Arts Festival. She learns about black history, literature, and culture and acquires updated technology and literary resources for her classroom.

Megan Garnett

James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School, Fairfax, VA
Grades 9-12, English
2005, Spring

Ms. Garnett and her partners form a study group to improve student achievement through research and writing. Participants meet monthly to develop assignments and lesson plans, analyze student work, and determine how best to build research and writing skills at each ... more »

Sarah Corley Smith

School of Choice, Spring Branch Education Center, Houston, TX
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Spring

Mrs. Smith attends an intensive Kodaly music course at California State University, Long Beach, to enhance her music instruction. The Kodaly method involves vocally-based music instruction that complements young children's natural means of musical expression. ... more »

Nancy Sadaly

East High School, Erie, PA
Grades 9-12, Literature
2004, Spring

Ms. Sadaly attends “It’s Never Too Late Literacy Institute” summer institute to learn research-based strategies to improve reading comprehension for secondary students. She uses this knowledge to revise the district’s language arts curriculum and ... more »

Dean Rosencranz

Cheltenham High School, Wyncote, PA
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2005, Spring

Mr. Rosencranz and his partners form a study group to analyze student achievement data, examine methods of integrating technology into the curriculum, explore uses of technology to individualize instruction, and determine how best to share their learning with ... more »

Sass Brown

The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2004, Spring

To teach her students about ethical entrepreneurship and its relation to community outreach, Ms. Brown travels to Brazil to study a women’s empowerment cooperative. Ms. Brown learns the cooperative’s model for using traditional handicraft skills by building ... more »

Edna D. Soto

Danbury High School, Danbury, CT
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Spring

Collaborating with staff from Western Connecticut State University’s Biology Department, Mrs. Soto travels to Puerto Rico to study a newly discovered species of crustacean in the Rio Camuy Cave System. She analyzes the anatomy, characteristics, DNA, and ... more »

Mark Davids

Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2004, Spring

Collaborating with Ameritech and Cingular wireless engineers, Mr. Davids, Mr. Forrest, and Mr. Pata study the science of cell phones. The group identifies the fundamentals of wireless communication. Based on what they learn, participants develop a curriculum on the cell ... more »

Matthew Geary

Amity Regional High School, Woodbridge, CT
Grades 9-12, Mathematics
2005, Spring

Mr. Geary and his partners explore how they can use graphing calculators to increase students’ mathematical skills and proficiency with the technology. Teachers learn the capabilities of the graphing calculator, review the curriculum to maximize use of ... more »

Kathleen McHugh Dyer

Rio Grande City High School, Rio Grande City, TX
Grades 9-12, English
2005, Spring

Recognizing that their at-risk students respond best to culturally relevant literature, Ms. Dyer and Mr. Crawford implement “Voices of the Valley” to improve students’ writing and technology skills. The bilingual students interview community members ... more »

Frederick Nelson

Manhattan High School, Manhattan, KS
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Spring

Mr. Nelson and Mr. George form a study group to learn about authentic inquiry-based physics materials. Study group members collaborate to develop student learning materials for the testing of a portable cosmic ray detector and to assess content learning.

Katheryn Crayton

Wai Ola “Waters of Life” Public Charter School, Pahoa, HI
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Crayton and her partners lead a study group that includes school faculty, staff, students, and board members to explore Hawaiian history, language, culture, and healing practices. After attending each monthly workshop on Hawaiian history and culture, study groups meet ... more »

Carla-Lee Plomchok

Downingtown Senior High School, Downingtown, PA
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Spring

Through “Downingtown CSI & Robotics Applications,” Ms. Plomchok, Mr. Shultz, and Mr. Walker improve students’ scientific inquiry and knowledge with practical applications of forensic science and robotics. Using real-world procedures, students learn ... more »

Rosemary Luksha

Northwest Area School District, Shickshinny, PA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Spring

In consultation with an artist-in-residence from Ballet Northeast, a local dance performance company, Ms. Luksha and Mr. Quinn present a dance workshop to introduce students to jazz dance and ballet. Students experience the elements and style of dance and perform ... more »

Denise Farinsky

Grant High School, Sacramento, CA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Farinsky learns Betty Edwards’s art education methodology, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” to reach students who are not highly skilled in art. This methodology includes nontraditional methods for teaching perspective, composition, ... more »

Regina K. Herrick

Dexter Regional High School, Dexter, ME
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Spring

Collaborating with the University of Southern Maine (USM), Mrs. Herrick and Ms. Saunders create “wet lab” research units to increase students’ scientific understanding and literacy skills. After researching the topics, students work with USM graduate ... more »

Lori Ann Kurtz

Broad Ripple High School, Indianapolis, IN
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Spring

Ms. Kurtz and Ms. Young use drumming to motivate students with behavioral problems and to teach alternatives to violence. Students in alternative education classrooms and the counseling program research the history and folklore of drums, learn to play the ... more »

Julia Kasper

South Plantation High School, Plantation, FL
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2005, Spring

Through “Design on Time,” Mrs. Kasper and Ms. Farina increase students’ employability skills as well as their knowledge of marketing, advertising, and computer design. Using the latest graphic design technology, students create newspaper advertising ... more »

Cindy Jesup

Spruce Creek High School, Port Orange, FL
Grades 9-12, Literature
2005, Spring

Ms. Jesup, Ms. Gokey, and Ms. MacDonald develop “Literacy Links” to enhance the art, technology, and literacy skills of high school students. With the assistance of a children’s author, students learn about writing and illustrating children’s ... more »

Elizabeth Pegram

Falls Church High School, Falls Church, VA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

During the summer, Ms. Pegram and Ms. Yates engage their underserved middle school students in a summer enrichment program on civil rights. Students learn about efforts to desegregate public schools, and interview local African Americans about their educational experiences ... more »

Joyce Roberta Miller-Alper

Spring Branch School of Choice, Houston, TX
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

To give their disadvantaged students practical experience with the political process, Ms. Miller-Alper, Ms. Frimel, and Mr. Koupa design a political science curriculum that focuses on voter registration. Students meet political candidates while organizing and conducting ... more »

David Sousa

Central Falls High School, Central Falls, RI
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Mr. Sousa, Ms. Brousseau, and Mr. Hey develop a WeatherNet Classroom program to give students career-relevant experiences. Students collect and analyze weather data to generate daily weather forecasts, understand how weather affects culture and historical events, and learn ... more »

Dean Rosencranz

Cheltenham High School, Wyncote, PA
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2004, Spring

Through “Rising Stars,” Mr. Rosencranz and his partners seek to reduce the achievement gap in the Cheltenham School District by helping minority students to succeed in higher-level courses. Students learn technology and teachers use research-based strategies to ... more »

Patrick Boehmer

Carrington Public Schools, Carrington, ND
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Spring

Mr. Boehmer and Ms. Johnson enhance the science and environmental knowledge of their students through a project on ecosystems. Students form peer-learning groups to research an ecosystem of their choosing and use plants, animals, and materials to create an ecosystem in ... more »

Erin Kirchmer

Morristown High School, Morristown, NJ
Grades 9-12, Physical Education
2004, Spring

Connecting literature with science, Ms. Kirchmer and her partners design a project that investigates the biological and physiological effects of high-altitude hiking. After researching these effects, students read Into Thin Air and identify passages that describe the ... more »

Elena Kalacheva

Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Kalacheva and Mr. Keys develop an interdisciplinary project to motivate their minority students to learn German poetry. Students in German classes study German poetry and culture and compose and record music to accompany these poems. At the conclusion of the project, ... more »

Holly Tuttle

Springfield Central High School, Springfield, MA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Tuttle and Ms. Volain use botanical sculpture to integrate science and art. Students research invasive plants at local parks and design and construct a functional sculpture for their school courtyard. To share their learning with the community, students invite the media ... more »

Joseph Rodrigues

Harris Agriscience & Technology Center, Bloomfield, CT
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Spring

The “Invasive Plant Field Study” project applies environmental science to the students’ lives. Mr. Rodrigues, Mr. Dashefsky, and Ms. LeBlonde help students conduct field research to investigate the detrimental effects invasive organisms and purple ... more »

Nancy Goss

Amity Junior High School, Orange, CT
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Spring

In a four-week unit on human biology, ninth-grade students at Amity Junior High School create an illustrated children’s book on the human body. Students research a system in the human body, and then create a children’s book about that system. At the conclusion ... more »

Glenda Pepin

Susan Miller Dorsey High School, Los Angeles, CA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Pepin and Mr. Oystrick provide their inner-city students with opportunities to explore nature in several hands-on environmental activities. Students research and monitor water quality at a local park, teach lessons on nature to local elementary students, and participate ... more »

Gregory Swann

Central High School, Tuscaloosa, AL
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Spring

Mr. Swann, Ms. Richardson, and Mr. Watson design an applied science unit on sound waves. After learning about sound, students work in groups to build musical instruments and create an original composition. Students perform and record their composition and use the recording ... more »

Penny A. Ghinaudo

Wagner High School, San Antonio, TX
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Fall

Ms. Ghinaudo and her partners form a learning group to create campus-based science teacher resource centers. Each campus will host six students whose work will be assessed and teachers will engage in book study using books chosen by students. Lessons are recorded ... more »

Abra Koch

Loveland High School, Loveland, OH
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Winter

Ms. Koch, who is well-versed on the Latin American culture and language, travels to Spain to capture in-depth knowledge of Spanish culture and society. In July 2004, she enrolls in several university programs to learn vocabulary, dance, and teaching techniques that are ... more »

Patricia Abitabilo

South Brunswick High School, Monmouth Junction, NJ
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Winter

To reduce the attrition rate at their school, Ms. Abitabilo and her partners analyze teacher efficacy, its relationship to increasing student achievement, and its decline in teachers who teach less than ten years. Once a month the group explores issues such as classroom ... more »

James Keating

Broad Ripple High School, Indianapolis, IN
Grades 9-12, Literature
2004, Winter

Mr. Keating travels to London, England, to attend a program at Oxford University on language and literature. At Oxford, he refines his knowledge of language and literature and effective pedagogical techniques. Mr. Keating uses this knowledge to improve his teaching ... more »

Sandra Hobbs

Lake Central High School, St. John, IN
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Winter

During summer 2004, Ms. Hobbs participates in Earthwatch Expeditions and travels to western and southern Russia to explore the rich tradition of music and dance. She documents and analyzes folk music and dance that was censored and almost extinguished under Soviet rule. ... more »

Mario Alberto Godoy-Gonzalez

Royal High School, Royal City, WA
Grades 9-12, English
2004, Winter

With “Opening Our Grandparents’ Memory Box,” Mr. Godoy-Gonzalez and his partners are helping their English language learners and special education students to improve their English skills. Students collaboratively study and research the role immigrants ... more »

Laura Vickery

Meridian High School, Haslett, MI
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Winter

Ms. Vickery and Ms. Wilburn have created a practical application of chemistry for their students. In a unit on the chemistry of color, students study natural and chemically manipulated pigments used to develop inks, paints, and glazes. The teachers also connect learning to ... more »

David Paden

John Dewey Learning Academy, Lecompton, KS
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Winter

To engage their at-risk students in school, Mr. Paden and his partners designed a curriculum that connects environmental education and service learning with all content areas. Focusing on land navigation, students plant trees, build birdhouses, and create trail markers. ... more »

Daniel McDowell

West Hills High School, Santee, CA
Grades 9-12, History
2004, Winter

To help students understand the critical role that propaganda played in the maintenance of totalitarian regimes such as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Mr. McDowell and Ms. Johnstowne simulate a ministry of propaganda. Students learn media literacy by creating ... more »

Jemi Baham

Monrovia High School, Monrovia, CA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Winter

Through “Learn by Teaching,” Ms. Baham and Ms. Ford enrich the communication and science vocabulary of their English language learners. After studying complex biology vocabulary and concepts, these students practice their communication and critical thinking ... more »

Elena Stowell

Kentwood High School, Kent, WA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2003, Fall

Ms. Stowell and her colleagues form a study group to examine peer coaching as a means for improving their students’ reading, writing, and mathematics skills. After studying literature on peer coaching and observing each other’s teaching, group members coach ... more »

Wanda Newman

Friendly High School, Fort Washington, MD
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2003, Fall

Ms. Newman, Ms. Torrence, and Ms. Williams research and develop prototypes of paraprofessional portfolios, including a sample electronic portfolio. These portfolios provide a model their colleagues can use to demonstrate their qualifications in improving student learning ... more »

Jonathan Budd

Joel Barlow High School, Redding, CT
Grades 9-12, English
2003, Fall

The tenth-grade English teachers at Joel Barlow High School examine best practices for enhancing their students’ writing skills. These group members analyze student work to identify problematic areas in student writing and develop instructional and assessment tools to ... more »

James Egenrieder

H-B Woodlawn Program, Arlington, VA
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2003, Fall

Mr. Egenrieder and Dr. Le’s seventh- and ninth-grade students use scientific tools to explore the hypothesis that coyotes have returned to Arlington, Virginia. With laser-guided cameras, global positioning equipment, and topographical maps in hand, students identify ... more »

Mike DeField

Farmington High School, Farmington, NM
Grades 9-12, Science
2003, Fall

Mr. DeField, Ms. Howe, and Ms. Townsend have developed an applied physics course that focuses on hot air ballooning and targets students who do not perform well in traditional science classes. Students research federal aviation laws and create prototypes of hot air ... more »

Amitabha Basu

George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, Philadelphia, PA
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Fall

Dr. Basu and his partners implement “Urban Pesticides and Ecology of Philadelphia Watersheds” to help their students understand the causes and effects of our living habits on the watershed and wetlands in Philadelphia. Students learn about the impact of ... more »

Margaret Dieter

Marshall High School, Bend, OR
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Fall

Ms. Dieter and Ms. Hanford implement “Expeditions” to provide high school students with a broader understanding of English, world cultures, fine arts, and physical education. One portion of the program entitled “Around the World in 45 Days” ... more »

Katherine Whittaker

Andes Central School, Andes, NY
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2005, Fall

Through their project entitled, “Broadcast Communications,” Ms. Whittaker and her partners help students develop and run a school newspaper, an online magazine, television programs, and a school-based radio station. Students design a company logo and ... more »

Heather Brady

John Stark Regional High School, Weare, NH
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Fall

At this comprehensive high school, Ms. Brady and her partners improve the career and technical education curriculum for ninth grade students who are achieving below their potential. Faculty and students conduct joint site visits to career and technical education ... more »