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 »

Martha Mentzer

Supply Elementary School, Supply, NC
Grades K-5, Physical Education
2004, Spring

Through the “Basketball Poets Program,” Ms. Mentzer and Ms. Allen use basketball to motivate students to analyze and write poetry. Students write an original poem to participate in the group. Dividing their time between basketball and poetry, students study ... more »

Jude Julian

Arturo Toscanini Community Junior High School 145, Bronx, NY
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2004, Spring

Mr. Julian and Mr. Cornish connect science and math to real-world experiences through a unit on motion. Students learn to use a motion detector, and explore the relationship between position- and velocity-time graphs.

Alan Horowitz

Felix Festa Middle School, Stony Point, NY
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2004, Spring

To enhance their middle school students’ mathematics, science, and technology skills, Mr. Horowitz and Mr. Lapidus create a project focused on rotorcraft vehicles. Students apply mathematics and science theories to construct a full-size helicopter.

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 »

Carrie McCool

Noxapater Attendance Center, Noxapater, MS
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. McCool and her partners establish a writing center and implement the 6+1 Trait™ Writing model to enhance their students’ writing skills. Students demonstrate their reading and writing skills by creating a brochure on local history sites. To connect to their ... more »

JaNell Koskie

Donelson Hills Elementary School, Waterford, MI
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Spring

With rising numbers of Mexican and other Latin American students attending their school, Ms. Koskie and Mr. Craner design a curriculum that explores Latin American cultures and builds community within the school. Students study the Latin American art, music, and dance of ... 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 »

Mary Burke

Moseley Elementary School, Westfield, MA
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2004, Spring

Working with kindergarten teachers throughout the district, Ms. Burke and Ms. Rheaume integrate science and technology by creating a unit on the lunar moth and painted lady butterfly. Students participate in a field trip to the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens ... more »

Tim Soliday

McCormick’s Creek Elementary School, Spencer, IN
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Mr. Soliday and his partners use “Inquiring Minds,” a program that integrates science and language arts, to build their students’ literacy and science inquiry skills. Combining the Four Blocks® Literacy Model with high-interest scientific materials, ... more »

Anne McGrath

Lowell Elementary School, Indianapolis, IN
Grades K-5, History
2004, Spring

To address the unique learning needs of their students, Ms. McGrath and her partner have created “History Smart Gallery Project.” Using a “Jeopardy” game show format, students learn about economics, folk music, and theater. At the project’s ... more »

Cecil Smith

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Higher Education, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Partnering with local schools, preservice teachers learn about adolescent development and behavior. Dr. Smith and Dr. Shumow solicit documentary autobiographies from adolescents, and edit the videotapes for classroom instruction. Students use the documentaries to reflect on ... more »

Brian Schultz

Richard E. Byrd Community Academy, Chicago, IL
Grades K-5, Literature
2004, Spring

Collaborating with faculty from Tennessee Technical University, Mr. Schultz and Mr. Billings create “Writing and Technology,” a mentoring project among doctoral and fifth-grade students. The fifth-grade students explore different genres of literature and learn ... more »

Roberta Oliver

Richard Edwards School, Chicago, IL
Grades 6-8, Literature
2004, Spring

Eighth-grade English language learners improve their literacy and science skills by creating laboratory manuals for elementary students. To develop these documents, the older students photograph each stage of the various experiments and add step-by-step instructions. To ... more »

Stephanie Skelly

Ewa Elementary School, Ewa Beach, HI
Grades 6-8, Science
2004, Spring

Ms. Skelly and Ms. Tonaki build students’ knowledge of science and environmental issues through a curriculum on ecosystems. Students learn about local ecosystems, produce a musical on the environment, and investigate environmental preservation issues. As a final ... more »

Melanie Hermstad

Hanalei Elementary School, Hanalei, HI
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Spring

With an integrated classroom, Ms. Hermstad and her partners use service learning to help students apply their content knowledge. Students identify a community problem and create short public service announcements to address the issue. After researching and filming a topic, ... more »

Rosetta Roach

Dover Central Middle School, Dover, DE
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

By integrating art across disciplines, Ms. Roach, Ms. Hameed, and Ms. Mackey develop thematic lessons to enhance their students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students learn how art affects their lives, from the clothing they wear to the houses in ... 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 »

Paula Carlson

Simpson Waverly School, Hartford, CT
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Carlson, Ms. Kevorkian, and Ms. Namnoun-Allen design a multidisciplinary curriculum that improves students’ social studies, art, and literacy skills. Collaborating with a local museum, students research the history of one of Hartford’s landmarks, the ... 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 »

Kimberly Mickey

Bellflower Middle School, Bellflower, CA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Mickey and Ms. Williams develop inquiry-based activities to help their students learn about marine ecosystems. Students research, write, and illustrate books on animals and explore current environmental issues. At the unit’s conclusion, students visit a floating ... more »

Jane Scott

Flagstaff Middle School, Flagstaff, AZ
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Students with special needs and those in general education classes collaborate to produce a school newspaper. Ms. Scott and her partners train students to use digital cameras and computer software, and lead a field trip to a local newspaper. After choosing a topic for their ... 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 »

Alfreda Williams

Camden School of Arts & Technology, Camden, AL
Higher Education, Literature
2004, Spring

Collaborating with the University of Alabama, Ms. Alfreda Williams and Ms. JoAnne Williams create a summer school reading and acting program to improve the literacy skills of their disadvantaged students. Students study Greek mythology and other classical literature and ... more »

Thomas Brown

Morgandale School, Milwaukee, WI
Grades K-5, English
2005, Fall

To become more effective writing teachers, Mr. Brown and his learning group study how writers write. Led by a consultant, the participating teachers work collaboratively in ten demonstration lessons on writing theory. Teachers, students, and literacy coaches work ... more »

Elizabeth Binz

Franklin Elementary School, Appleton, WI
Grades K-5, Literature
2005, Fall

Ms. Binz and her partners form In-Depth Study Groups through half-day workshops to help students read independently, understand and discuss books, and become life-long readers. After attending the Reading and Writing Institute at the Teacher’s College at ... 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 »

Kathy R. Carroll

Charles E. Riley Elementary School, Oswego, NY
Grades K-5, English
2005, Fall

Ms. Carroll and her partners form a study group to examine the connection between illustrations and literacy. Teachers develop lesson plans to teach kindergarten students to become authors and illustrators. Study-group participants meet twice per month to evaluate ... more »

Sharon Delgado

Jacksonville Elementary School, Phoenix, MD
Grades K-5, English
2005, Fall

Ms. Delgado leads a study group on gender preferences and education. Participants will facilitate single-sex reading clubs for low-performing reading students to determine the various responses of boys and girls to reading materials. During each school day, ... more »

Leslia Gould Mercural

North Middle School, Sioux City, IA
Grades 6-8, Literature
2005, Fall

Ms. Mercural and her partners form a study group to learn about the most current and effective ways to teach reading comprehension. Teachers meet with each other to develop reading comprehension strategies and lesson plans for struggling readers in their classrooms, ... more »

Lisa Eldridge

Gosport Elementary School, Gosport, IN
Grades K-5, English
2005, Fall

Ms. Eldridge and her partners form a study group to identify strategies to improve three specific areas of student writing: writing effective beginnings, using satisfactory endings, and including supporting details. Teachers read “6 + 1 Traits of Writing” ... more »

Barbara Ann Rumph

Partin Settlement Elementary School, Kissimmee, FL
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2005, Fall

Ms. Rumph and Ms. Kinder form a mathematics learning group to increase student achievement by expanding their knowledge of the curriculum. Participants review research literature about teaching mathematics and view videos on how to use student work to assess student ... more »

Cheryl Anderson

Cupertino Union School District, Cupertino, CA
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2005, Fall

Ms. Anderson leads a study group involving two groups of middle school mathematics teachers who increase their knowledge of mathematics, improve their assessment of student learning, and improve the quality of their lessons. Through two lesson study groups, teachers ... more »

Kristine Crowe

Augusta Middle School, Augusta, WI
Grades 6-8, Literature
2004, Winter

Ms. Crowe learns how to create a community-based remedial program to help improve mathematics and reading skills of students. She participates in workshops sponsored by the Mott Foundation that address program management, curriculum integration, staff development, and ... more »

Christopher Lodwig

Simon Butler Elementary School, Chalfont, PA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Winter

As he analyzes how his teaching methods enhance individual student learning, Mr. Lodwig prepares for National Board Certification. He reflects on the teaching and learning strategies he uses to enhance student achievement, collaborates with colleagues to analyze student ... more »

Beatrice Batt-Behar

Rhawnhurst Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA
Grades K-5, English
2004, Winter

Ms. Batt-Behar attends the Digital Storytelling Conference and Festival in June 2004 to learn the principals and practices of digital storytelling. She uses what she learns to improve the communication skills of her English-language-learner students, who create digital ... 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 »

Beth Spicer Jack

Heritage Elementary School, Medina, OH
Grades K-5, English
2004, Winter

Heritage Elementary School’s kindergarten team—which includes a school psychologist, speech pathologist, and a paraprofessional—learn about neurodevelopment and associated learning difficulties. The team devises a developmental learning profile for each ... more »

Tara Melchior

Maplewood Middle School, Maplewood, NJ
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Winter

Ms. Melchior and her partners form a study group to learn best practices for mentoring pre-service and beginning teachers. Bi-weekly, the group meets and discusses data on current mentoring relationships and creates a framework for the district to use to develop and train ... 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 »

Kathryn Shaw

Northwest Elementary School, Jackson, MI
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Winter

Joining Earthwatch Research in summer 2004, Ms. Shaw explores orcas, a species of endangered whales that show high levels of toxins in their tissues. She travels to Puget Sound in Washington to track and observe orca behaviors. From this research, she develops a unit on ... more »

Stacey Dinarello

Michael E. Capuano Early Childhood Center, Somerville, MA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Winter

During the summer 2004, Ms. Dinarello and her partners—who include teachers across Massachusetts—travel to East Africa as part of a Fulbright Scholarship to learn about Muslim societies in Kenya and Tanzania. The group visits mosques, schools, and cultural sites ... more »

Megan Buonomo

Hopedale Memorial School, Hopedale, MA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Winter

Once a month, Ms. Buonomo and her partners participate in a study group that examines the characteristics of differentiated instruction. Group members discuss differentiation topics, such as assessment tools and learning methods. After exploring various differentiation ... 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 »

Kim Scheitlin

Mediapolis Community School, Mediapolis, IA
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2004, Winter

The mathematics team at Mediapolis Community School participates in a study group to assess and improve the mathematics skills of their students. Once a week, team members meet to evaluate data from state standardized tests as well as from the STAR mathematics assessment ... more »

Angela Kay Thomas

Potter Street Elementary School, Bainbridge, GA
Grades K-5, English
2004, Winter

In March 2004, Ms. Thomas attends the Barry Lane Educational Writing Instruction Seminar to learn techniques for teaching writing revisions. She shares what she learns with her colleagues by developing a district-wide workshop and a Web page that offers writing tips and ... more »

Carol Hanson

Kayenta Primary School, Kayenta, AZ
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Winter

Ms. Hanson and her partners form a study group to align the reading, language arts, and mathematics curricula to state standards. After creating curricula maps, the team develops instructional strategies that best meet the learning needs of each student.