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Cynthia Gingold

South Park Elementary School, Memphis, TN
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Fall

Through “Blooming Geniuses” Dr. Gingold and Ms. Lawson integrate arts, reading, and writing into the science curriculum. Students use nonfiction texts to learn about plants and develop a readers’ theater presentation for parents. Applying this ... more »

Jessica Jean Wheeler

Philip Elementary School, Philip, SD
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

Ms. Wheeler and Ms. Slovek develop a classroom website to improve students’ technology and writing skills. Students learn to create and maintain a website to which they post writing examples, learning logs, art work, and photographs. At the culmination of the ... more »

Larry D. Logan

Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Charlotte, NC
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

To develop problem solving and statistical analysis and to provide students with marketable skills, Mr. Logan and Mr. Mariano develop a Six Sigma technical training program. Students receive lectures on the Six Sigma methodology, a cutting-edge program favored by ... more »

Kim S. Minnier

Hewes Educational Center, Ashville, NY
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Fall

To educate their special needs students about ecosystems and the environment, Mr. Minnier and Ms. Maisto expand their classroom aquarium project. Students harvest, raise, and care for the fish, maintain the tanks, conduct environmental impact studies, and explore ... more »

Denise E. Barkley

International School #45, Buffalo, NY
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Fall

The second, fourth, and seventh grade students of Ms. Barkley and her partners collaborate on environmental studies projects. Students predict how changes in air quality and deforestation affect the environment, how environmental factors affect the water cycles, and ... more »

Debra Ryan

Bluffton Elementary School, Bluffton, SC
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2003, Summer

To integrate mathematics and language arts curricula, the faculty at Bluffton Elementary has formed grade-level study groups. These groups meet biweekly to discuss student work and the connections between mathematics and language arts instruction. Group members observe each ... more »

Linda Burley

Bear Creek Elementary School, Bend, OR
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2003, Summer

The first-grade team at Bear Creek Elementary School has formed a study group focusing on language arts and mathematics achievement to plan for the introduction of a school-wide Title I program. The study group members are leveraging their combined fifty-seven years of ... more »

Kay Rhyan

Alexander Elementary School, Albany, OH
Grades K-5, English
2003, Summer

Ms. Rhyan and her colleagues form a study group to become experts in guided reading strategies aimed at improving literacy achievement in their school. They also use a formal protocol to analyze and discuss videotapes of their classroom instruction. Based on what they ... more »

Linda Zupan

Shields Valley Public Schools, Clyde Park, MT
Grades K-5, English
2003, Summer

To assist hearing students who struggle to learn phonics through conventional methods, Ms. Zupan is studying Signed Exact English. By incorporating instruction that allows students to see as well as hear language, Ms. Zupan hopes to supplement strategies for teaching ... more »

Dona Delgado

Central Elementary School, Calhoun, LA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2003, Summer

Ms. Delgado and Ms. Kelly participate in a weeklong seminar to learn how to identify dyslexic students that have been missed by current screening practices. They share their knowledge with other teachers in their school and district.

Vanessa Powell

Snowshoe Elementary School, Wasilla, AK
Grades K-5, English
2003, Summer

To improve writing instruction and assessment at Snowshoe Elementary School, Ms. Powell pursues advanced study in the 6+1 Traitú writing model through the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. She uses this training to provide peer assistance and coaching to ... more »

Jan Shaffer

Brentwood Elementary School, Plainfield, IN
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2003, Winter

To better meet the needs of their economically disadvantaged students, Ms. Shaffer and her partners observe classrooms in the Brazosport Independent School District, which successfully helped more than 90 percent of its students meet Texas state standards. These teachers, ... more »

Robin Booth

Garfield Elementary School, Milwaukee, WI
Grades K-5, Science
2003, Winter

Ms. Booth, Ms. Little, and Mr. Thomas create a home-school connection through "Super Science Friday Clubs." Each week, students conduct inquiry-based science experiments. The teachers give students materials to recreate and build on these experiments at home with their

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Ellen Holmes

Fairmount Elementary School, Bangor, ME
Grades K-5, Science
2003, Winter

With "Living and Working in Space," Ms. Holmes and Ms. Lindsay collaborate with NASA education specialists, local scientists, and engineering students to create a scientific design challenge to teach their fourth-grade students about Newton's Laws and introduce them to

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Priscilla Kurceba

West Riverside Elementary School, Jacksonville, FL
Grades K-5, Literature
2003, Winter

Ms. Kurceba and Ms. Cotton lead their fourth-grade students on a multidisciplinary journey of the Elizabethan era. Assuming roles as writer, historian, and artist, students study Shakespeare and the period in preparation to host a Shakespeare Festival. Students learn ... more »

Sandra S. Nahmias

Harrison Elementary School, Roselle, NJ
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Fall

Ms. Nahmias and Ms. Jimenez implement a storytelling unit using visual clues to improve the language acquisition of their third grade English language learners who are new to the United States. Working with a professional storyteller, students learn about the Native ... more »

Kiva Duckworth-Moulton

Dixon Elementary School, Dixon, NM
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

To help prepare students for technical and creative jobs, Ms. Duckworth-Moulton and Ms. Cornelius oversee a multi-media yearbook project. Students use technology to document the year’s events, design layouts and storyboards, edit and proofread writing, and ... more »

Rachel Christensen

Choteau Elementary School, Choteau, MT
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

To create and nurture independent, expressive writers, Ms. Christensen and Mr. Durr introduce technology into writing instruction. Students employ the Step Up to Writing approach to improve the organization, word choice, fluency, and presentation of their writing. ... more »

Devi Fongers

Covell Elementary School, Grand Rapids, MI
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

To address difficulties that interfere with academic and social success, Ms. Fongers and her partners implement a program for students to use technology to write, read, and publish solution-focused personal narratives. Students develop critical thinking and writing ... more »

Beth A. Swantz

Kalona Elementary School, Kalona, IA
Grades K-5, English
2006, Fall

Ms. Swantz and Ms. Casper implement “News to You” to further integrate technology into the curriculum and to develop students’ writing and oral presentation skills. To prepare for the project, students research print and broadcast journalism and ... more »

Trista Bernato

Norwood Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Fall

Ms. Bernato, Ms. Birk, and their third and fourth grade students create a native California plant garden and butterfly habitat. Students design and construct the garden and raise butterflies from larvae to learn about lifecycles. To understand the scientific ... more »

Angela Kathleen Bailey

Jeter Primary School, Opelika, AL
Grades K-5, Physical Education
2006, Fall

Ms. Bailey and Ms. Ray implement a program to increase students’ interest in physical activity and to build students’ research, presentation, and technology skills. Each first and second grade student researches the health benefits, skills, equipment, ... more »

Kelly Stephen Morgan

Poulsbo Elementary School, Poulsbo, WA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

Mr. Morgan attends training on the Learning Propensity Assessment Device, a tool that helps identify key affective learning problems among his autistic students. Through an iterative process of testing and observation, he determines the appropriate intervention for ... more »

Kaye P. Brooks

Lucile Gregg Elementary School, Houston, TX
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

As a literacy coach in this majority Hispanic district, Ms. Brooks believes she can meet the needs of her students better if she becomes fluent in Spanish. Ms. Brooks participates in a Spanish immersion course in Mexico and then uses her increased language skills to ... more »

Olga Westley Jackson

Franklinton Primary School, Franklinton, LA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

At an Alabama Ear Institute seminar, Ms. Jackson learns techniques for the auditory development of children with cochlear implants. She uses these methods to teach hearing impaired students to interpret sounds, speak, and read. Ms. Jackson consults weekly with other ... more »

Melissa M. Fipps

Swayzee Elementary School, Swayzee, IN
Grades K-5, English
2006, Summer

Ms. Fipps attends a seminar to learn the latest techniques for diagnosing dyslexic reading differences. With this knowledge, she shares with paraprofessionals, teachers, and parents, effective learning accommodations and differentiated instruction techniques, as ... more »

Mary Hollowell

Elementary Science Enrichment Center, Griffin, GA
Grades K-5, Literature
2006, Summer

By participating in the Children’s Literature New England Summer Institute, Ms. Hollowell, a science teacher, develops ideas for integrating children’s literature into science teaching. She then conducts workshops for colleagues on ways to use books from ... more »

Sherryl Miles

Palmview Elementary School, Pompano, FL
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

Ms. Miles attends the Gurian Institute Summer Training to study male and female students’ learning styles. She rewrites lesson plans to improve achievement among her struggling students. To share the knowledge she gains with colleagues and parents, Ms. Miles ... more »

Patricia Rottino Cummins

Palmetto Elementary School, Pinecrest, FL
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

Ms. Cummins enrolls in “Arts and Education in China,” a summer semester at Florida International University, to improve her art skills and enhance the art curriculum at her school. With a university professor, she travels to China and studies Chinese art ... more »

Marilyn McKnight

H.W. Longfellow Elementary School, Milwaukee, WI
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

Through the “Building Bridges Project,” Ms. McKnight and her partners use chess to encourage their at-risk students to develop the self-respect and critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to bridge the gap to academic, social, and personal ... more »

Nancy Gail Pollack

Hinesburg Community School, Hinesburg, VT
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2006, Summer

Recognizing that many of their students entering pre-kindergarten and kindergarten are unprepared to learn mathematics, Ms. Pollack and her partners host “Family Math Playtime” to help parents understand how the language of mathematics applies to young ... more »

Michele Rzewski Copeland

Potowmack Elementary School, Sterling, VA
Grades K-5, Literature
2006, Summer

Ms. Copeland and her partners implement “HEART (Hear Excellent Audio-books Read Today)” to help improve the reading skills of their English language learners and economically disadvantaged students. Students take home audio books and cassette players to ... more »

Sherry Hanson Chevalley

Hybla Valley Elementary School, Alexandria, VA
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Summer

To create an engaging and motivating science curriculum and help close the achievement gap, Ms. Chevalley and Ms. Rabun purchase quality science trade books written for various reading levels. Students explore a concept through a trade book, conduct an experiment to ... more »

Nancy B. Shaw

Lincoln Elementary School, Ogden, UT
Grades K-5, English
2006, Summer

To help students become literate members of the community and enjoy reading and writing, Ms. Shaw, Ms. Ahrenstorff, and Ms. Pickett implement a class book project. After visiting an interactive, literacy-based museum, students explore the writing process to produce ... more »

Susan Zaenger

Neshannock Memorial Elementary School, New Castle, PA
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Summer

To alert students to the influence of land development and provide a unique learning experience, Ms. Zaenger and Ms. Giordano develop a bird garden. Students study naturalist, John James Audubon, and learn to identify native song birds. Students go bird sighting at ... more »

Cindy Goldberg

Glenside Elementary School, Glenside, PA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Summer

To decrease social segregation, create an accepting school climate, and help close the achievement gap in their school, Ms. Goldberg and her partners implement a school-wide diversity program. Students examine their similarities and differences, express ideas for ... more »

Tracy Ford

Dallas Elementary School, Dallas, PA
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Summer

Through “Musically Increasing Content Knowledge (MusICK),” Ms. Ford and her partners use technology and music to increase social studies and science content knowledge. Students research topics for each unit of study and work with a visiting artist to ... more »

Maureen K. Bradley

West Kelloggsville Elementary School, Wyoming, MI
Grades K-5, Literature
2006, Summer

To ensure that every student in the school district has the opportunity to read outside of the school day, Ms. Bradley, Mr. Caterino, and Ms. Dekker expand the libraries at three elementary schools. Students visit the new multi-language section of the library to ... more »

Julie Diane Kiefer

Deputy Elementary School, Deputy, IN
Grades K-5, Literature
2006, Summer

Through the “PANTHER Extravaganza,” Ms. Kiefer and her partners provide a balanced literacy curriculum for their students. After teacher modeling, students use book props and puppets to retell stories that they have read alone and with their intermediate ... more »

Jill McCloskey

Pride Elementary School, Tampa, FL
Grades K-5, English
2006, Summer

To develop students’ critical thinking skills, Ms. McCloskey and Ms. Montgomery develop a unit that blends investigations of animals with reading and writing skills across the curriculum. Students take field trips to observe animals in various settings and ... more »

Debra Kalitan

The Quest Center, Hollywood, FL
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Summer

Ms. Kalitan and her partners create an outdoor learning environment to provide multi-sensory science instruction for their autistic students. Students participate in planting, weeding, and caring for the herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers in the garden. To ... more »

Michelle Mash

North Star Elementary School, Hockessin, DE
Grades K-5, English
2006, Summer

Through “Making the Connection,” Ms. Mash and Ms. Reichle encourage purposeful involvement of parents in children’s literacy development. Every week, kindergarten students take home a bag containing interactive materials that integrate mathematics, ... more »

Lori Durocher

Eric G. Norfeldt Elementary School, West Hartford, CT
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2006, Summer

Recognizing the multi-sensory learning needs of their students, Ms. Durocher and her partners develop an interdisciplinary unit using interactive white boards and hand-held tablets. Students, many with special needs, use the boards for hands-on instruction in every ... more »

Shelley Gibson

Whitworth Elementary School, Seattle, WA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Winter

Responding to her school’s need for bilingual teachers as it inaugurates a dual language program, Ms. Gibson participates in a four-week immersion program in Puebla, Mexico. She develops her Spanish speaking, reading, and writing skills through study at the ... more »

Erin Porter

Highland Central Elementary School, Sparta, OH
Grades K-5, English
2006, Winter

Mrs. Porter and her partners form a study group focusing on instructional reading strategies to improve the teaching of benchmarks on which students have not been performing well. With the help of a reading specialist, teachers research instructional strategies, ... more »

Valerie Penniman

Wildwood Elementary School, Amherst, MA
Grades K-5, English
2006, Winter

In collaboration with facilitators from Wheelock College and Westfield State College, Mrs. Penniman and her partners explore ways to differentiate reading instruction to increase student achievement. Study group participants at every grade-level review student work ... more »

Shelly Wade

Tierra Bonita South Elementary School, Lancaster, CA
Grades K-5, English
2006, Winter

To learn best practices for reading instruction, create a community of readers in her school, and share insights and new practices with colleagues, Mrs. Wade attends a summer reading institute at the Reading and Writing Project of Teachers College, Columbia ... more »

Yvonne Kroneberger

Tucker Elementary School, Long Beach, CA
Grades K-5, English
2006, Winter

Ms. Kroneberger attends a week-long institute on the teaching of writing at Teachers College, Columbia University to improve the writing skills of the large population of English language learners in her school. To expand the impact on student performance, Ms. ... more »

Jennifer Waisanen-Herman

Thorne Bay School, Southeast Island School District, Thorne Bay, AK
Grades K-5, English
2006, Winter

Mrs. Waisanen attends the International Reading Association Conference in Chicago to learn about recent research and resources for literacy instruction. To share her learning, Mrs. Waisanen explains and models best practices for the staff of her remote district ... more »

Christina Surber

Hawthorne Elementary School, Tulsa, OK
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Winter

Mrs. Surber and Ms. Whitfield implement an interdisciplinary study of Asia to increase their urban students’ exposure to different cultures. Students research language, customs, geography, and currency in Asia and compare their findings to what they know about ... more »