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James Everett

Nooksack Valley High School, Nooksack, WA
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2005, Winter

Mr. Everett and Ms. Robinson investigate how real-time assessment and handheld technology can assist reading instruction. Teachers use handheld computers to record, track, and evaluate students to align curriculum and instruction.

Joy Brooke

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kirkland, WA
Grades K-5, English
2005, Winter

Ms. Brooke attends the Columbia University Teachers’ College Summer Institute to learn best practices for reading and writing instruction. After the institute, Ms. Brooke forms a study group on literacy and writing pedagogy for her colleagues throughout the ... more »

Amanda Voelker

J. A. Chalkley Elementary School, Chesterfield, VA
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Winter

Ms. Voelker and her partners form a lesson study group to help colleagues incorporate interactive materials and activities using the school’s outdoor learning classroom. Focusing on science and mathematics curricula, the participants develop lesson plan ... more »

Susan Madsen

Utah Valley State College, Orem, UT
Higher Education, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Dr. Madsen interviews female university presidents, state governors, and chief executive officers to explore how women learned to become effective leaders. After analyzing the data for trends, she uses her findings to prepare her women students for leadership ... more »

D. Kelly Powell

Sisters Elementary School, Sisters, OR
Grades K-5, Literature
2005, Winter

Ms. Powell and her partners form a lesson study group to explore differentiated instruction for gifted and talented students. After reviewing literature, participants implement strategies and use student data to modify instruction.

Marcy Jerome

Pilot Rock Elementary School, Pilot Rock, OR
Grades 6-8, English
2005, Winter

To increase students' literacy skills, Ms. Jerome leads a study group that researches best practices in literacy instruction. Participants implement instructional strategies and analyze student data to determine effective approaches. After the assessment is ... more »

Pharra DeWindt

McKinley High School, Buffalo, NY
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Dr. DeWindt observes and documents instruction to assess how teachers promote character education within their lesson plans and curricula. To provide examples of best practices, Dr. DeWindt videotapes lessons and creates a website to showcase effective instructional ... more »

Judith Lindsey

Henry W. Moore School, Candia, NH
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Winter

To provide authentic learning experiences for her students, Ms. Lindsey studies the migration patterns of sea turtles. Ms. Lindsey travels to Costa Rica to observe and discover the turtles’ habits. Upon her return, Ms. Lindsey develops interactive lesson plans ... more »

Rich Furman

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE
Higher Education, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Dr. Furman travels to Nicaragua to identify key variables for facilitating the development of students’ professional identity. As students participate in social work activities, Dr. Furman conducts interviews with them to ascertain what they learned about ... more »

Elizabeth Scanlon

Timber Creek High School, Orlando, FL
Grades 9-12, English
2005, Winter

Ms. Scanlon, Ms. Elliott, and Ms. Sherman study content area reading strategies to enhance the reading skills of their high school students. Each month, participants observe each other’s classroom and analyze reading instruction. The group creates a resource ... more »

Irma Roberts

Westglades Middle School, Parkland, FL
Grades 6-8, English
2005, Winter

Partnering with faculty at Florida Atlantic University, Ms. Roberts leads an action-research study of how drama helps emergent literacy among low-performing students. Participants use dramatic techniques, such as storytellers, to teach writing and collect and ... more »

Randy Yerrick

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Higher Education, Science
2005, Winter

Dr. Yerrick, Ms. Page, and Dr. Carrillo form a study group, which includes elementary school teachers, to identify pedagogies that engage students in science. The team collaboratively plans and implements science lessons and collects data to measure the outcomes on ... more »

Misty Wilbourne

East Elementary School, Cullman, AL
Grades K-5, History
2005, Winter

To enhance text book study of Alabama history, Ms. Wilbourne travels to museums and universities to research the state’s early history. She uses this research to create an interactive supplemental text that includes biographies, photographs, and activities ... more »

Ruby Simon

Westlawn Middle School, Tuscaloosa, AL
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Winter

Ms. Simon leads a study group, which includes middle school teachers and university professors, on culturally relevant pedagogy. Participants develop action-research that explores how cultural situations influence student learning in and outside of the classroom. ... more »

Lorrain Rudd

Rock Springs High School, Rock Springs, WY
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Winter

To improve their students’ environmental science skills, Ms. Rudd and Ms. Varras design research projects on a local site that is the center of controversy between environmentalists and developers. Students conduct research on a local community problem that ... more »

Mario Alberto Godoy-Gonzalez

Royal High School, Royal City, WA
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Winter

Mr. Godoy-Gonzalez, Mr. Graham, and Ms. Ortega engage students in hands-on science activities through “Forensic Science: Sherlock Holmes Meets CSI.” Students develop problem-solving skills as they learn technologies and techniques for investigating and ... more »

Lary Barilleau

Hamilton International Middle School, Seattle, WA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Mr. Barilleau, Ms. Docter-Richardson, and Mr. Ellis implement “Musical Markers of the African Diaspora,” a cross-curricular project that explores music traditions that reflect African heritage. Students learn about jazz traditions in African, Caribbean, ... more »

Camilla Walck

Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, VA
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Winter

To give their students hands-on experience with botany, Ms. Walck and Ms. James help students build a school greenhouse. Students use the greenhouse to investigate plant growth and artificial plant propagation.

Rose Tyvand

New Urban High School, Milwaukie, OR
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Winter

Ms. Tyvand and her partners implement “Alternative Energy Project” to develop their ninth- and tenth-grade students’ understanding of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Students examine the economic, environmental, political, social, and ... more »

JoAnn Pfeiffer

Federal Hocking High School, Stewart, OH
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Ms. Pfeiffer and Mr. Falk give their students real-world agricultural experiences through several production farming projects. Students learn techniques for selecting, feeding, and raising livestock. In addition, students develop forest management techniques as they ... more »

Crystal Rouleau

Mesabi Academy School, Buhl, MN
Grades 9-12, Literature
2005, Winter

Ms. Rouleau, Mr. Knutson, and Ms. Zakula implement “Creative Expression Course,” a curriculum that encourages their at-risk students to express themselves through music, drama, dance, visual arts, and poetry. Students study poetry, combine prose and ... more »

Linda Geiersbach

Brucker Elementary School, Birch Run, MI
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Ms. Geiersbach and Ms. Letter use quilting to enhance their students’ mathematics and social studies skills. Students read literature to understand the historical significance of quilting. Using pattern blocks, students compare and categorize shapes to design ... more »

Megan Burgess

Springport High School, Springport, MI
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Through “Quality Learning: Community and Environment through Quality Food,” Ms. Burgess and her partners convert school land into grazing pastures to provide an meaningful learning experiences for their at-risk students. Students research grazing ... more »

Mary Ruth McGinn

New Hampshire Estates Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2005, Winter

To connect learning to life experiences and integrate all content areas, Ms. McGinn, Ms. DiPietro, and Ms. Levine develop an opera program for their students. After forming their own opera production company, students apply for jobs, such as set designers and ... more »

Lucille Roberts

Saint Martinville Elementary School, Saint Martinville, LA
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Winter

Collaborating with the University of Louisiana, Ms. Roberts and Ms. McKinley use a horticulture project to increase the mathematics and science skills of their at-risk students. Students participate in workshops that are led by university professors and local ... more »

Christi Miller

Ponderosa Elementary School, Catlettsburg, KY
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Working with an artist, students study wire-sculpting techniques to create their own sculpture. After visiting local art museums and businesses, students work in groups to learn engineering principles for building permanent wire sculptures for their school. Students ... more »

Tracy Little

Rogers Elementary School, Rogers, KY
Grades K-5, Literature
2005, Winter

Ms. Little, Ms. McWhorter, and Ms. Sparks collaborate with a local nursing home to implement a service learning project that enhances skills across disciplines. Each month, students read books to the residents. Students also write to and create poetry and crafts for ... more »

Lori Stenger

Joseph E. Gary Elementary School, Chicago, IL
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Winter

To enhance the literacy and science skills of their sixth- and seventh-grade students, Ms. Stenger and Ms. Turner design a collaborative school garden project. Students read a story about an urban garden that instills hope and community, and then create books and ... more »

Shawn Turner

Borden Elementary School, Borden, IN
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Winter

To create an outdoor learning experience for their students as well as rebuild their school landscape in the wake of a tornado, Ms. Turner and Ms. Renn construct outdoor learning centers. Students plant a pioneer garden to explore the early settlers’ survival ... more »

Lawrence Rice

Kealakehe High School, Kailua-Kona, HI
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2005, Winter

Mr. Rice and Ms. Chern develop “Mapping the Kona Coast” to introduce their students to local Hawaiian religious, cultural, and linguistic sites. Students visit sites, such as burial grounds and migration trails, and use global positioning technologies to ... more »

Janis Klein-Young

Miami Douglas MacArthur Senior High South, Miami, FL
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Collaborating with a local cultural arts group, Ms. Klein-Young and her partners empower their at-risk students with entrepreneurial and visual arts skills. Students work with local artists to explore studio art, crafts, marketing, and sales. Students apply what ... more »

Mark Tatum

LaSalle Elementary School, Washington, DC
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Mr. Tatum and Ms. Burson introduce their students to West African and Caribbean cultures through the World Music Drumming curriculum. Students learn drum patterns and songs from each culture and participate in improvisational activities. Working cooperatively, ... more »

Julie Maharaj

Hollenbeck Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Ms. Maharaj and her partners implement a multidisciplinary project that teaches students about health issues and concerns in their local community. After collaborating with the city’s health department and researching the most prevalent health problems, ... more »

Angela Hill

Handley Middle School, Roanoke, AL
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2005, Winter

Ms. Hill and Ms. Cofield enhance the critical thinking and problem solving skills of their students by incorporating a robotics lab into their curriculum. After learning about robots and their components, students design, construct, and program their own robots. ... more »