Patti Tibaldi

Traverse City Eastern Elementary School, Traverse City, MI
Grades K-5, Physical Education
2004, Fall

Ms. Tibaldi, Ms. Gotshall, and Mr. McGee form a lesson study group with physical education teachers in all grade levels throughout the district to analyze and refine lessons on cardio-respiratory endurance and the benefits of physical activity. The team meets ... more »

Annette DeJong

Cherry Knoll Elementary School, Traverse City, MI
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2004, Fall

To help staff make the best use of available technology, Ms. DeJong forms a study group to research best practices for integrating technology into the classroom. Participants work across content areas to inform their colleagues on available technology and effective ... more »

Suzanne Strauss

Northampton High School, Northampton, MA
Grades 9-12, Literature
2004, Fall

To incorporate Russian and Ukrainian literature into her world literature classes, Ms. Strauss travels to Odessa, Ukraine, to establish an international exchange program. She studies Russian literature while teaching American literature, particularly focusing on ... more »

Frederick Koerber Jr.

Brunswick High School, Brunswick, ME
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Fall

To tie local historic assets to the social studies curriculum realignment, Mr. Koerber conducts archival research at state historical repositories. Mr. Koerber studies local history within the broader context of national history. From what he learns, he teams with ... more »

Dona Durham

Lincoln Middle School, Portland, ME
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Durham and her partners establish a study group to improve methods for recognizing, understanding, and teaching students with learning differences. Analyzing Dr. Mel Levine’s phenomenological approach to understanding learners’ neurodevelopmental ... more »

Carla Thomas

Iroquois Middle School, Louisville, KY
Grades 6-8, English
2004, Fall

To support their high-risk learners, Ms. Thomas and Ms. Crawford study the most effective strategies for reading instruction. The participants analyze research-based approaches, conduct action research in their classrooms, assess their instruction, and develop a ... more »

Angela Hofer

Welton Elementary School, Welton, IA
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2004, Fall

Ms. Hofer and her partners, who include special education teachers, form a lesson study group to improve mathematics instruction. Participants analyze research-based approaches to develop lessons on geometric problem solving. After teaching and observing each ... more »

Bryan Braack

North Scott Junior High School, Eldridge, IA
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2004, Fall

Mr. Braack leads a team of seventh- and eighth-grade mathematics teachers in lesson study on problem-solving and fractions. Participants conduct classroom observations and collect and analyze data on student learning. Based on these data, the team develops and ... more »

Cathy Hamilton

Prosser School of Technology, New Albany, IN
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2004, Fall

To increase her students’ drafting skills, Ms. Hamilton studies the Rhino Level 4 Advanced Nonuniform Rational B-Splines modeling. Ms. Hamilton integrates this computer-aided modeling software into her curriculum and shares her knowledge with colleagues.

Ana Gackenheimer

Wabash High School, Wabash, IN
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Gackenheimer and her partners collaborate to develop individualized professional development plans. After reading professional literature on best practices for instructional strategies, participants use classroom data and research to modify classroom instruction. ... more »

Meghan Browne

Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, Indianapolis, IN
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2004, Fall

Analyzing data from the Northwest Evaluation Association and the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress, Ms. Browne and Ms. MacBain identify differentiated instructional strategies that improve reading and mathematics skills. The teachers provide ... more »

Carrie Smith

Carmel Valley Middle School, San Diego, CA
Grades 6-8, Science
2004, Fall

Ms. Smith and her partners engage in lesson study to improve their science curriculum design and instructional strategies. The participants examine which inquiry-based activities enhance student learning, then videotape and analyze their instructional approaches. To ... more »

Linda Wamboldt

West Milwaukee Middle School, West Milwaukee, WI
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Through “Honoring the Past to Preserve our Future,” Ms. Wamboldt and Mr. Liska implement a historical preservation project to increase the problem-solving and historiographical skills of their eighth-grade students. Students research, write tour descriptions, ... more »

Dorothy Maria Jones

Robert J. Frank Intermediate School, Oxnard, CA
Grades 6-8, English
2004, Fall

Ms. Jones and her partners collaborate with university professors to analyze reading and writing strategies that improve student achievement across disciplines. After identifying strategies, participants incorporate instructional approaches into their curricula and ... more »

Helen Gallagher

General A. M. Winn Elementary School, Sacramento, CA
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2004, Fall

Collaborating with California State University—Sacramento, Ms. Gallagher leads a study group on web design using Microsoft FrontPage®. The members of the group use their knowledge to create class websites with resources their bilingual students can use to ... more »

Joseph Meersman

Toppenish High School, Toppenish, WA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Mr. Meersman and Mr. Roybal increase the writing and communication skills of their English language learners through a unit that combines history and technology. Students create storyboards and use video cameras and video editing software to record their own speeches, which ... more »

Katharine Foster

International Studies Academy, San Francisco, CA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Foster and her partners team with Project Spera, an organization that promotes global education, to develop curricula on international topics and issues. Participants develop plans for incorporating international issues into existing lesson plans. Team members ... more »

Christopher Kelly

Thomas Dale High School, Chester, VA
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2004, Fall

Mr. Kelly, Mr. Hornick, and Mr. Sable develop students’ problem-solving skills while preparing them for careers through a unit on technology and global information systems. After studying the history and applicability of global positioning systems (GPS), students use ... more »

Yevgeny Pevzner

Kearns Junior High School, Kearns, UT
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Pevzner and Ms. Carson connect science to their students’ everyday lives while improving reading and writing skills. Students conduct scientific experiments using common products, such as bubble gum and paper towels. With the data analyses from these experiments, ... more »

Cynthia Gingold

South Park Elementary School, Memphis, TN
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Dr. Gingold and Ms. Lawson integrate art, literature, and science to teach students about the solar system. Students read nonfiction books, write reflective essays and poetry, create murals and mobiles, and stage dance productions about the universe. At the project’s ... more »

Lorraine Moore

Cowpens Elementary School, Cowpens, SC
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2004, Fall

Ms. Moore, Ms. Kirby, and Ms. Noblin, first-grade mathematics teachers, collaborate to improve students’ problem-solving skills. Students investigate geometry problems with Geoblocks, a set of wooden rectangular and triangular prisms and pyramids designed in ... more »

Gail Calloway

Williams Middle School, Florence, SC
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Calloway and Ms. Rae have created the interdisciplinary unit “China: Bridging the Wall” to increase students’ higher-level thinking skills and global understanding. In literature circles students read and discuss articles and stories about Chinese ... more »

Ann Altman

Newberry Middle School, Newberry, SC
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2004, Fall

Through hands-on activities and cooperative learning, Ms. Altman and Ms. Floyd enhance the problem-solving and mathematics skills of their eighth-grade students. Students apply geometric properties as they design and paint ceramic tiles, create dream catchers and ... more »

Samuel Reed III

D. Beeber Middle School, Philadelphia, PA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Mr. Reed and his partners implement a program called “Who Am I? Using Multimedia and Performing Arts for Self Discovery and Making Literacy Connections” to improve their students’ reading and critical-thinking skills. Teachers collaborate with parents, ... more »

Debra Pieri

East Fallowfield Elementary School, East Fallowfield, PA
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2004, Fall

Ms. Pieri, Ms. Fowler, and Mr. Hober combine storytelling and the arts to create an intergenerational and cross-cultural curriculum. Communicating with a sister school in Germany and local World War II veterans, students explore the story of Lieutenant Arthur Sauler, a ... more »

Carrie Myers

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA
Higher Education, English
2004, Fall

Ms. Myers and Ms. Mayberry collaborate with local high schools to offer a poetry writing workshop. Students explore poetry by attending a coffeehouse where professional writers and poets read their work.

Robert Morrow

Valley High School, New Kensington, PA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Mr. Morrow, Ms. Ryce, and Mr. Shaner collaborate with local businesses to prepare students not planning on college for technical careers. Working in teams, students research, design, and construct a television production van that serves as a teaching tool. Students in ... more »

Paul Longwell

Hollidaysburg Area High School, Hollidaysburg, PA
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Fall

Mr. Longwell and Mr. Hartman implement “Heart-Pounding Physics,” an interdisciplinary project that explores the bio-mechanical processes and stresses of physical activity. After a sports-science professor explains the relationship between science and physical ... more »

Brenda Chow

Community School East, East Petersburg, PA
Higher Education, Mathematics
2004, Fall

Collaborating with the American Heart Association, Ms. Chow and Ms. Bryce prepare their students with learning and emotional disabilities for first-aid certification. Students apply mathematical and problem-solving skills to common medical and traumatic emergencies. Through ... more »

Eric Bell

Pennsylvania State University—Hazelton Campus, Hazleton, PA
Higher Education, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Dr. Bell and Ms. Grebski relate technology to everyday life by introducing elementary students to simple machines. Collaborating with university engineering professors and parents, elementary teachers design activities and materials about simple machines that are used for ... more »

Melody Beitzel

Susquenita Elementary School, Duncannon, PA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Beitzel, Ms. Beckley, and Ms. Foy establish the Community Resource and Lending Center in their district to provide developmental and educational materials for community students. The resource center contains materials that support grade-level curriculum and encourage ... more »

Adam Kirsch

Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis, OR
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2004, Fall

High school and college students in science classes collaborate with the Oregon Department of Energy to develop a plan to use fuel cell technology to convert excess landfill gas to electrical energy. Students analyze the levels of excess gas that a local landfill is ... more »

Shae Factory

Okmulgee Middle School, Okmulgee, OK
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

To increase the technology skills of their students, Ms. Factory, Ms. Swyden, and Ms. Taylor develop “Time Travel with a Theatrical and Technological Twist.” In this multidisciplinary project, the students use digital film to explore a historical theme. After ... more »

Jodi Taylor

Columbiana High School, Columbiana, OH
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Fall

Collaborating with local police departments, Ms. Taylor and Ms. Martin design a unit on forensic science to increase their students’ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Students become familiar with the technology crime scene investigators use to analyze ... more »

Frances Boucher

Bellows Falls Union High School, Bellows Falls, NH
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Fall

To familiarize students with the cultural diversity of Bellows Falls, Ms. Boucher, Ms. James-Torres, and Mr. Julian design a multidisciplinary unit on genealogy. Students research their ancestry, compile and graph genealogical data, and explore the history and culture of ... more »

James Schulz

Helena High School, Helena, MT
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Mr. Schultz and Ms. Belisle create interdisciplinary units to increase students’ geology and language arts skills. Students use mapping equipment to explore the typology, animal activity, and developmental structure of western Montana and the greater Yellowstone ... more »

Joanne Toft

Marcy Open School, Minneapolis, MN
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

To foster an understanding of how the U.S. Constitution relates to current events, Ms. Toft, Ms. Gray, and Ms. Hyman implement “The Constitution: A Living Document.” Collaborating with an attorney, the teachers guide students in analyzing primary sources and ... more »

Susan Fourniea

Cleveland Quality Middle School, St. Paul, MN
Grades 6-8, Science
2004, Fall

Seventh-grade students travel to a local outdoor classroom to conduct student-designed environmental research. Students study animal adaptations, water-quality testing, biomes, and ecosystems. In the outdoor classroom, students collect data on animal activity, weather, and ... more »

Tammy Messing

Sanilac County Intermediate School District, Sandusky, MI
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Messing and Ms. Waterman collaborate with parents to increase the language arts skills of their students with hearing and learning impairments. Students take home backpacks that contain books and supplemental learning activities. With their parents’ support, ... more »

Cheri McCloughan

South Haven High School, South Haven, MI
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. McCloughan and Ms. Liscow develop a documentary project to build the technology, research, and communication skills of their students. After analyzing oral histories and documentaries, students identify senior citizens in South Haven to interview and film. Students ... more »

Melba Lucas

Charles Herbert Flowers High School, Springdale, MD
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Fall

To prepare their students for theatrical professions, Ms. Lucas and Mr. Jones establish Jaguar Players Technical Theater Crew Training Program. Students study principles and applications of lighting design, sound engineering, stage design, and theatrical production.

Elizabeth Rockett

Murray Henderson Middle School, New Orleans, LA
Grades 6-8, English
2004, Fall

Ms. Rockett and Ms. Wolfe infuse arts into the language arts curriculum to increase literacy and writing skills. While studying Louisiana jazz and blues and African-American poetry, students develop poetry anthologies and illustrate children’s books on Louisiana ... more »

Stella Baker

Owsley County High School, Booneville, KY
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Fall

To improve literacy skills and encourage independent reading, Ms. Baker and Ms. France integrate science with language arts. Students study forensic science, learn from guest speakers about the role science plays in criminal investigations, read and analyze mystery books, ... more »

Michael Ashley

Green Hills Elementary School, Bledsoe, KY
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2004, Fall

Mr. Ashley and Ms. Mitchell create computer-based science modules to increase the technology skills of their students. Working in teams, students use resource materials to conduct research, engage in hands-on experiments, and graph and present data using computer software.

Susi Jordan

Cloverdale Middle School, Cloverdale, IN
Grades 6-8, Science
2004, Fall

In collaboration with the Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center, Ms. Jordan and Ms. Mann increase their students’ understanding of the scientific method through inquiry-based learning activities. Students work in teams to conduct experiments, on such topics as plate ... more »

Tara Skiles

Partin Settlement Elementary School, Kissimmee, FL
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Skiles and Ms. Horn infuse language arts and mathematics into their science curriculum to develop the problem-solving and communication skills of their English language learners. Students engage in inquiry-based laboratory experiments and journal writing. At the end of ... more »

Jill Shadoff

Tradewinds Middle School, Lake Worth, FL
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Through “Students Teaching Origami for Success,” Ms. Shadoff and Mr. Berg enhance the reading and mathematics skills of their students with learning disabilities. Students read about Sadako, a young Japanese girl who died in Hiroshima before realizing her goal ... more »

Laura McCarthy

Westwood Heights Elementary School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Grades K-5, Literature
2004, Fall

With “Celebrations of Learning,” Ms. McCarthy and her partners increase the oral and written communication skills of their students. Students publish a magazine that contains articles and photographs to chronicle learning throughout the school year. In addition, ... more »

Toni Koy

Wynnebrook Elementary School, West Palm Beach, FL
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Students embark on a fantasy train journey across the United States to enhance their writing and geography skills. Using a model train set, students replicate the environmental features of U.S. geographical regions. After researching each region, students engage in ... more »

Donna Hanak

Northeast High School, St. Petersburg, FL
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Fall

To address the learning needs and language skills of their immigrant student population, Ms. Hanak and Ms. Watson integrate the World and I digital library and international memoirs into the world literature curriculum. Students read and discuss folklore, informational ... more »