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Therese M. Jilek

North Shore Middle School, Hartland, WI
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

Through an action research project, Ms. Jilek investigates the effect of authentic and relevant experiences on student learning and the effect of interaction with children around the world on students’ attitudes toward other cultures and each other. Students ... more »

Lori Hornfelt

Maple Elementary School, Springfield, OR
Grades K-5, Literature
2006, Fall

Ms. Hornfelt and her partners participate in a study group of speech-language specialists from different elementary schools to investigate and implement literature-based interventions. The study group examines professional research about literature-based language ... more »

Margaret P. Aukshun

Billings West High School, Billings, MT
Grades 9-12, Mathematics
2006, Fall

Ms. Aukshun and her partners implement a professional learning community for colleagues in the mathematics department that focuses on formative assessment. The group examines how formative assessment informs instruction, develops rich and deep questioning techniques ... more »

Melissa Briski

Mt. Iron-Buhl Schools, ISD #712, Mt. Iron, MN
Grades K-5, English
2006, Fall

To improve her language arts instruction and increase differentiation, Ms. Briski studies the Four Block Framework, a program that helps to incorporate best practice methods into teaching writing, guided reading, self-selected reading, and phonemic awareness. Ms. ... more »

Michael L. Whittier

Sutton Memorial High School, Sutton, MA
Grades 9-12, History
2006, Fall

In anticipation of a new comprehensive state test in history and social sciences, Mr. Whittier and his partners engage in a study group to develop effective document based questions (DBQ) and a set of rubrics and exemplars related to those questions. Working with an ... more »

Martha Finnegan

Five Forks Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA
Grades 6-8, English
2006, Fall

Recognizing that teachers in all subjects must collaborate to improve literacy skills, Ms. Finnegan, Ms. Hravatic, and Ms. Hart develop vertical teams of language arts and science teachers to refine curriculum and instruction. Language arts teachers from elementary ... more »

Patrice Irby

Bruce-Monroe Elementary School, Washington, DC
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2006, Fall

Ms. Irby and her partners investigate how students’ backgrounds, cultures, and histories can serve as powerful curricular resources to master rigorous new language arts and mathematics learning standards. The team develops project-based instruction that uses ... more »

Martin E. Robertson

Peabody Charter School, Santa Barbara, CA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Fall

To give students a deeper appreciation and understanding of the ancient world and how it was shaped by geology, Mr. Robertson travels to Egypt, Greece, and Rome to collect materials to enhance the social studies curriculum. Among other regional subjects, Mr. ... more »

Paul Payne

John Marshall High School, Los Angeles, CA
Grades 9-12, Mathematics
2006, Fall

Mr. Payne and his partners organize a professional learning community of mathematics instructors to join their school’s ongoing professional development initiative. The learning community meets weekly to investigate student work, examine videos of instruction, ... more »

Kelly Rae Underwood

Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School, Hambleton, WV
Grades 6-8, Literature
2006, Fall

To engage students in reading and improve literacy through differentiation, Ms. Underwood and her partners develop literature centers. Students read books and magazines at their diverse reading levels and complete activity folders to demonstrate learning. Using an ... more »

Henry R. Palmer

Quil Ceda Elementary School, Marysville, WA
Grades K-5, Science
2006, Fall

Mr. Palmer and his partners implement “Science Takes a Dive” in which students build remote controlled submarines to explore the underwater world and learn about density, buoyancy, thrust, drag, gravity, and a host of other science concepts. Students ... more »

Karre Nevarez

Westfield Elementary School, Alpine, UT
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Fall

To motivate and challenge students, Ms. Nevarez and her partners create investigation teams for sixth grade students to teach science concepts such as microorganisms and space to third graders. Sixth grade students master a concept and create an appropriate ... more »

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 »

Tonya Ann LeCour

Exeter-West Greenwich Regional Senior High School, West Greenwich, RI
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

To allow students to identify an area of personal interest, apply knowledge in real world settings, and improve research, writing, and presentation skills, Ms. LeCour and her partners implement a senior project as a graduation requirement in their rural high school. ... more »

Pat Kuhn

South Brandywine Middle School, Coatesville, PA
Grades 6-8, History
2006, Fall

Ms. Kuhn, Ms. Doan-Harley, and Ms. Poskitt develop “Fever: 1793,” an in-depth study of American culture during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in and around Philadelphia. Expanding on a previous study of period medical practices, games, and clothing, ... 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 »

Patricia Mueller

Westbury High School, Old Westbury, NY
Grades 9-12, Mathematics
2006, Fall

Working to increase student enrollment in upper-level mathematics and science classes, Ms. Mueller and Mr. Brandon introduce a robotics class in their economically disadvantaged school. Students build robots for both dry land and underwater and learn the computer ... 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 »

Jessica Jenkins

George Washington Educational Campus, New York, NY
Grades 9-12, Science
2006, Fall

Ms. Jenkins and her partners develop “The Learning Garden: Gardening Across the Curriculum” to allow students to experience the rewards of outdoor exploration as an extension of their academic life. Students engage in a variety of inquiry-driven projects ... 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 »

Christine Romano

5ive 6ix School at State Street, Hackensack, NJ
Grades 6-8, English
2006, Fall

To improve students’ writing skills, Ms. Romano and Ms. DeVincentis develop an interdisciplinary project that explores endangered species and the environmental impact of historical change. Students read Carl Hiassen’s environmental novel, Hoot, discuss ... 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 »

Richard Sgarlotti

Hannahville Indian School, Wilson, MI
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2006, Fall

Mr. Sgarlotti and his partners develop interdisciplinary project-based learning activities in cooperation with the Hannahville Indian Community culture committee. Students help prepare for the opening of a museum by creating exhibits, interactive computer programs, ... 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 »

Helene A. Barton

Crockett Technical High School, Detroit, MI
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

Ms. Barton and her partners integrate hands-on, technology-driven projects into the science curriculum to help students prepare to meet the challenges of a global society. Students use technology to analyze wave characteristics, color spectrums, and frequencies and ... more »

Elizabeth Rees-Gilbert

Swan Meadow School, Oakland, MD
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Fall

To increase appreciation for regional history and culture, students conduct interviews with members of the local Amish and Mennonite community; the students collect stories, recipes, music poetry, quilting and weaving techniques, farming practices, and Pennsylvania ... more »

Andrew Gray

Fairdale High School Magnet Career Academy, Louisville, KY
Grades 9-12, Science
2006, Fall

Working to close the achievement gaps in their school, Mr. Gray, Ms. Lacer, and Ms. Puschaver collaborate across the curriculum to design an outdoor classroom. Students complete lessons on construction, ecology, history, and mathematics to create a working garden ... 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 »

Gary Roberson

John Young Middle School, Mishawaka, IN
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Fall

To engage students and meet the needs of diverse learning styles, Mr. Roberson, Ms. Bulger, and Ms. Greenwood create an interdisciplinary, outdoor learning lab. In preparation for the project, students research regional weather patterns, past land use, local Native ... more »

Bernard Peter Roy

Arvida Middle School, Miami, FL
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Fall

Dr. Roy, Ms. Espinoza, and Ms. Rodriguez develop students’ notation, computation, and communication skills through hands-on engineering activities. Students who traditionally struggle with standardized tests work with peers to design and construct mousetrap ... more »

Jacque Lynne Ross

Charlotte High School, Punta Gorda, FL
Grades 9-12, Literature
2006, Fall

Ms. Ross and Ms. Pedrol-Polito implement a peer tutoring program to enhance learning, develop positive social behavior, and improve classroom discipline and peer relations. Ninth grade students provide lessons on academics, character, and volunteerism for second and ... more »

Ann Tilley Van Patten

Herbert H. Cruickshank Middle School, Merced, CA
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Fall

Ms. Van Patten and her partners supervise their special needs students in the planning and performance of music and songs with forest ecology and environmental themes. To develop environmental understanding, students visit Yosemite National Park, participate in ... more »

Ira Rosenberg

Palm Springs High School, Palm Springs, CA
Grades 9-12, Science
2006, Fall

To stimulate interest in technical education, promote the use of renewable sources of energy, and stress the importance of science and engineering, Mr. Rosenberg and his partners implement a solar car challenge. Students from three high schools build a solar-powered ... 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 »

Ashia D. Jackson

J.A. Fair Magnet High School, Little Rock, AR
Grades 9-12, History
2006, Fall

To help incoming ninth graders make a more successful transition to high school, Ms. Jackson, Ms. Nelson, and Ms. Wallace create a Freshman Academy. As part of the academy, students develop research and writing skills through the production of a “Person of the ... 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 »