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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 »

Roberta Sullivan

The State University of New York–University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Higher Education, Computers / Technology
2006, Winter

Recognizing that the majority of University at Buffalo faculty choose the lecture method of instruction, Ms. Sullivan attends the University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Development Summer Institute, Active Learning and Teaching in University and College to ... 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 »

Rebecca Grandin

William H. Farquhar Middle School, Olney, MD
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Winter

Working with a special educator from Johns Hopkins University, Mrs. Grandin and her partners form a study group to learn about effective co-teaching models for inclusion classrooms in which a regular educator and paraeducator are providing instruction. To address ... more »

Barbara Blakeslee

Palm Springs Community Middle School, Palm Springs, FL
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Winter

To meet the needs of diverse learners in her classes, Ms. Blakeslee attends the University of Connecticut’s Confratute. She studies differentiated instruction, high-end learning, and enrichment teaching. With the goal of motivating and challenging both ... 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 »

Sarah Bremer

Far West School, Oakland, CA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Winter

To inform the development of culturally relevant curriculum for her diverse students, Ms. Bremer attends a summer seminar for teachers on South East Asian history and culture run by the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center. Ms. Bremer travels to Vietnam, ... 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 »

Summer Brooke Williams

J. F. Drake Middle School, Auburn, AL
Grades 6-8, English
2006, Winter

To improve students’ writing skills, Mrs. Williams participates in an internship at the Center for Teaching and Learning, a kindergarten to eighth grade non-profit demonstration school in Maine that emphasizes literacy across the curriculum. Mrs. Williams ... more »

Shawn Daley

Gresham High School, Gresham, OR
Grades 9-12, English
2006, Winter

Through “Super-Sizing our Powers of Persuasion,” Mr. Daley and Ms. Truong integrate technology into their English classes and promote community involvement among students. Using Fast Food Nation as a guide, students learn the art of persuasive writing. ... 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 »

Ruth Anker

Cambridge High School, Cambridge, OH
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2006, Winter

Mrs. Anker and Mr. Blair help their small rural school and enhance students’ technology and job skills through the implementation of a personal computer maintenance and repair class. Students investigate the inner-workings of a desktop computer and disassemble ... more »

Melinda Merrill

Center Middle School, Kansas City, MO
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Winter

Ms. Merrill and her partners implement an interdisciplinary unit on watersheds. Students examine topographical maps, write letters to local companies and government agencies, conduct animal field studies and classifications, collect and graph data, and create a ... more »

Calvin Entinger

North Community High School, Minneapolis, MN
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2006, Winter

Through “Crossing Boundaries,” Mr. Entinger and Mr. Montesano create Geographic Information System (GIS) courses at their two very different high schools to help students make connections across disciplines, schools, cultures, and within the larger ... more »

Meredee Vaughan

Dwight Rich Middle School, Lansing, MI
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Winter

Ms. Vaughan and Mr. Freeze implement the “Greenhouse Ecosystem Project” to provide students with an understanding of the complexities of ecosystems and to expose them to a real-world entrepreneurial venture. Students learn basic engineering principals ... more »

Sarah Hostage

Brighton High School, Brighton, MA
Grades 9-12, Mathematics
2006, Winter

To help students develop mathematics skills through real-world applications, Ms. Hostage and Ms. Shannon develop a project-based unit on personal finance. Students learn about financial terms, checking accounts, and how to create a budget. To address standards ... more »

Elizabeth Lawlor

Southwest Kansas Area Cooperative District #613, Ness City, KS
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2006, Winter

To increase their rural special education students’ opportunities to work cooperatively, Mrs. Lawlor and Ms. Horchem implement a program to target mathematics skills through activities that address multiple intelligences. Students participate in several ... more »

Scott Rieker

Meredith Middle School, Des Moines, IA
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2006, Winter

To foster creativity and increase students’ music proficiency, Mr. Rieker and Ms. Wolf implement a cross-curricular music composition project. Students conduct a hands-on exploration of range and rhythm through Orff instruments. After reading The Little Prince, ... more »

Wade Tillett

Jose Clemente Orozco Community Academy, Chicago, IL
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Winter

Mr. Tillett, Mrs. Creed, and Ms. Visinaiz implement an interdisciplinary, problem-based learning project to help students become autonomous learners, view the world as changeable, and increase their connection to the community. Students construct a problem statement ... more »

Stephen Birmingham

Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School, Wheeling, IL
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2006, Winter

Through “Music in the 21st Century,” Mr. Birmingham, Mr. Christopher, and Ms. Konopacki expand students’ music skills and exposure to technology careers. Students use technology to compose, arrange, and perform several digital music pieces including ... more »

Teresa M. Stevens

Denn-John Middle School, Kissimmee, FL
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Winter

Ms. Stevens and her partners implement an interdisciplinary project that examines the geographical and cultural development of Asia through the study of biomes. While studying the organisms and climates of each biome and the way climate affects biodiversity, ... more »

James Robert Payne

Stranahan High School, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2006, Winter

Mr. Payne and Mr. Platt develop the “Hydraulic Robot Challenge” to enrich their comprehensive engineering program. After exploring robots and hydraulic systems used in everyday life through field trips to a robotic surgery lab and a construction ... more »

Rebecca Elaine Knight

Museum/MicroSociety Magnet Elementary School, New Haven, CT
Grades K-5, English
2006, Winter

Mrs. Knight and her partners enhance the literacy skills of their students through an interdisciplinary unit about animals and their habitats. Students use multiple sources to research animals, learn to photograph live animals, attend animal-themed theatrical ... more »

Jay Steven Vavra

Jay Steven Vavra

High Tech High School, San Diego, CA
Grades 9-12, Science
2006, Winter

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Resource utilization and conservation: the San Diego Bay
11th and 12th grade Biotechnology classes

When High Tech High School biotechnology teacher Jay Vavra wanted to teach his students about the importance of the coexistence of resource utilization and conservation, he ran ... more »

Ana Maria Luna

June Jordan School for Equity, San Francisco, CA
Grades 9-12, Science
2006, Winter

Ms. Luna and Mr. Saleh-Kasmai create “Deep Thoughts and Funky Feats,” a three-week hiking course, to allow their at-risk students to experience education in the outdoors. Students study nutrition and the food industry and record their hiking and nutrition ... more »

Gerald A. Garwood, III

Coronita Elementary School, Corona, CA
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Winter

Mr. Garwood and Ms. Flores combine advanced technology skills and hands-on science learning through the development of “Science Buddy” teams. Cooperative learning groups of first and sixth grade students use handheld computers and light, temperature, and ... more »