Julia Deery

Seminole Springs Elementary School, Eustis, FL
Grades K-5, English
2004, Fall

Ms. Deery and Ms. Price introduce their fourth-grade students to expository and narrative composition during a writing camp. Students participate in games and activities to learn grammar and write original essays for an anthology. At the conclusion of the writing camp, ... more »

Clare Taylor Reed

Louise Duffy Elementary School, West Hartford, CT
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2004, Fall

Ms. Reed and Ms. Moran give their fifth-grade students first-hand experience with mapping and satellite technology by integrating science and mathematics into their geography curriculum. Using global positioning and imaging systems, students create maps of their community ... more »

Carrie Zimmerman

Ortega Middle School, Alamosa, CO
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2004, Fall

Through a multidisciplinary unit on how inventions have influenced American society, Ms. Zimmerman and Mr. Golsan enhance the technology and communication skills of their eighth-grade students. Students study the advantages and disadvantages of selected inventions ... more »

Julie Verhagen

Burlington High School, Burlington, WI
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Verghagen and her partners investigate research-based teaching strategies that engage at-risk students. Participants explore nontraditional prevention and intervention approaches, and implement student-centered instruction. Based on the success of their work, the ... more »

Jayne Haenel

Stetsonville Elementary School, Stetsonville, WI
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Focusing on Stephanie Harvey’s Nonfiction Matters, Ms. Haenel and her partners develop and use comprehension strategies with their classes. Study group participants survey strategies to help students think critically as they read for comprehension. After implementing ... more »

Tom White

Lynnwood Intermediate School, Lynnwood, WA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Mr. White and his partners form a lesson study group to improve classroom instruction. Group members meet weekly to design lessons that meet student needs and reflect on instruction. After developing each lesson, one teacher pilots it as other members videotape and critique ... more »

Cheryl Craig

University of Houston, Houston, TX
Higher Education, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Dr. Craig travels to two conferences in England to present her research on the obstacles encountered in school-based reform, including reflections on how standardized testing has evoked contradictory reform methods for principals and teachers. At the conferences, she ... more »

Sarah Pierce

Putnam County Adult High School, Cookeville, TN
Grades 9-12, History
2004, Spring

Ms. Pierce and her partners revise their U.S. history curriculum for their adult learners. Collaborating with the history specialist at the Tennessee Department of Education, the team analyzes state standards and develops a syllabus and teaching strategies for a U.S. ... more »

Francis Hardy

Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg, SC
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

To help her students understand the cultural effects of black writers on American society, Dr. Hardy attends the National Black Arts Festival. She learns about black history, literature, and culture and acquires updated technology and literary resources for her classroom.

Megan Garnett

James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School, Fairfax, VA
Grades 9-12, English
2005, Spring

Ms. Garnett and her partners form a study group to improve student achievement through research and writing. Participants meet monthly to develop assignments and lesson plans, analyze student work, and determine how best to build research and writing skills at each ... more »

Maria Yukelson

Park Forest Middle School, State College, PA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Working with students with learning disabilities, Ms. Yukelson attends the Schools Attuned training to better meet the varied learning needs of her students. She investigates cognitive functions and best practices for meeting different learning styles.

Sarah Corley Smith

School of Choice, Spring Branch Education Center, Houston, TX
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Spring

Mrs. Smith attends an intensive Kodaly music course at California State University, Long Beach, to enhance her music instruction. The Kodaly method involves vocally-based music instruction that complements young children's natural means of musical expression. ... more »

Christine Marie Benedict

Fishing Cove Elementary School, North Kingstown, RI
Grades K-5, English
2005, Spring

To enhance student achievement, Mrs. Benedict and her partners form a study group focusing on the delivery of reading instruction. Participants engage in peer coaching, record observational data, and discuss their findings.

Nancy Sadaly

East High School, Erie, PA
Grades 9-12, Literature
2004, Spring

Ms. Sadaly attends “It’s Never Too Late Literacy Institute” summer institute to learn research-based strategies to improve reading comprehension for secondary students. She uses this knowledge to revise the district’s language arts curriculum and ... more »

Dean Rosencranz

Cheltenham High School, Wyncote, PA
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2005, Spring

Mr. Rosencranz and his partners form a study group to analyze student achievement data, examine methods of integrating technology into the curriculum, explore uses of technology to individualize instruction, and determine how best to share their learning with ... more »

Linda Roeder

Cedarbrook Middle School, Wyncote, PA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Roeder leads a study group to explore adapting the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program to the district’s needs. Through the AVID model, the group learns strategies for increasing the achievement of their minority students. The team shares their ... more »

Rebecca Kathleen Brown

Bethel Springs Elementary School, Boothwyn, PA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2005, Spring

Ms. Brown attends a summer institute at the University of Connecticut to study differentiated instruction, high-end learning, and enrichment teaching. As a district trainer, Ms. Brown shares her learning with other differentiated instruction trainers and school ... more »

Karen Abraham

Sheldon Woods Elementary School, West Olive, MI
Grades K-5, English
2005, Spring

Mrs. Abraham and her partners study reading strategies to enhance students’ comprehension. Twice a month, participants meet to discuss instructional strategies and to model and refine new lessons. The group, composed of participants who are new to their ... more »

Robert Bonner

Cornelius Elementary School, Cornelius, OR
Grades K-5, English
2004, Spring

Mr. Bonner travels to New Zealand to observe and learn best practices for reading instruction. After touring the country, he implements successful instructional approaches and develops strategies to assess reading skills.

Vicki Schmidt

Wea Ridge Middle School, Lafayette, IN
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2005, Spring

To enhance her music curriculum, Mrs. Schmidt attends World Music Drumming: Level II training at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Mrs. Schmidt uses her expanded knowledge to develop an advanced drumming curriculum to include more students in the program. She ... more »

Mary Lyons

Burton Elementary School, Durham, NC
Grades K-5, Literature
2004, Spring

Ms. Lyons and her partners participate in a study group to learn, discuss, implement, and reflect on the Balanced Literacy Framework. At each session, participants learn about best practices in reading and writing. Study group members observe each other and develop ... more »

Rebecca Segal

Blue Lakes Elementary School, Miami, FL
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2005, Spring

Ms. Segal attends a weeklong certification course in yoga for children with special needs to improve her students’ behavior, concentration, and academic achievement. After the training, Ms. Segal shares her knowledge with colleagues at her school, which serves ... more »

Kim Bates

Delaware Technical and Community College, Dover, DE
Higher Education, Computers / Technology
2005, Spring

Ms. Bates and her partners implement a mentoring study group for adjunct instructors. Led by full-time faculty, the small groups study best teaching practices, methods for addressing various learning styles, topics in subject matter, uses of Blackboard software, and ... more »

Sass Brown

The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2004, Spring

To teach her students about ethical entrepreneurship and its relation to community outreach, Ms. Brown travels to Brazil to study a women’s empowerment cooperative. Ms. Brown learns the cooperative’s model for using traditional handicraft skills by building ... more »

Gail M. Thibodeau

Griswold Middle School, Rocky Hill, CT
Grades 6-8, English
2005, Spring

Mrs. Thibodeau leads a study group of high school teachers to explore methods for integrating reading and writing strategies into their contentinstruction. Teachers meet monthly to discuss strategies and materials, plan and design lessons, and analyze student work ... more »

Bonnie Robinson

Newport Middle High School, Newport, NH
Grades 6-8, Literature
2004, Spring

To improve reading comprehension across curricula, Ms. Robinson and her partners learn research-based literacy strategies. The participants study the work of leading experts and observe each other’s classes to identify effective approaches. Creating rubrics for ... more »

Edna D. Soto

Danbury High School, Danbury, CT
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Spring

Collaborating with staff from Western Connecticut State University’s Biology Department, Mrs. Soto travels to Puerto Rico to study a newly discovered species of crustacean in the Rio Camuy Cave System. She analyzes the anatomy, characteristics, DNA, and ... more »

Paul Rozycki

Mott Community College, Flint, MI
Higher Education, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Dr. Rozycki and Dr. Moxley develop community service learning resources to encourage faculty and students to be civically engaged. Study group participants identify best practices to guide civic engagement activities, develop and pilot a multidisciplinary service learning ... more »

Bette-Ann Rodzwell

Oliver Ellsworth School, Windsor, CT
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2005, Spring

Ms. Rodzwell and her partners form an action study group to improve their students’ ability to solve mathematical word problems. With the help of a consultant, teachers analyze monthly word problem exercises and examine the sources of students’ conceptual ... more »

Mark Davids

Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2004, Spring

Collaborating with Ameritech and Cingular wireless engineers, Mr. Davids, Mr. Forrest, and Mr. Pata study the science of cell phones. The group identifies the fundamentals of wireless communication. Based on what they learn, participants develop a curriculum on the cell ... more »

Matthew Geary

Amity Regional High School, Woodbridge, CT
Grades 9-12, Mathematics
2005, Spring

Mr. Geary and his partners explore how they can use graphing calculators to increase students’ mathematical skills and proficiency with the technology. Teachers learn the capabilities of the graphing calculator, review the curriculum to maximize use of ... more »

Sarah Chadbourn

Hollin Meadows Elementary School, Alexandria, VA
Grades K-5, Literature
2005, Spring

In response to research that at-home reading results in higher student achievement, Mrs. Chadbourn and her partners create the “Keep Books” program to build home libraries for their Title I students. Students receive one book weekly and complete reading ... more »

Marion VanArsdell

Jackson Street School, Northampton, MA
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2004, Spring

To improve learning for their autistic students, Ms. VanArsdell and her partners learn best practices for teaching autistic students. The team—including teachers, paraprofessionals, occupational and physical therapists, and speech pathologists—researches ... more »

Julia Anne Young

George Peabody Elementary School, Dallas, TX
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Spring

Ms. Young and her partners implement a school garden project to provide cross-curricular learning opportunities for their at-risk students. Students design and cultivate fruit, flower, and native plant gardens in the school’s courtyard. To care for these ... more »

Jennifer Pali

Purple Sage Elementary School, Houston, TX
Grades K-5, Computers / Technology
2005, Spring

Through “Tell Me a Story: Innovative Uses of Digital Cameras and Multimedia for Writing,” Ms. Pali and her partner implement an integrated writing and technology project. After reading biographies of famous people, students write their own personal ... more »

Kyle Bacon

Thomas Johnson Middle School, Lanham, MD
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Mr. Bacon, a second-year teacher, attends the Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures for Success Institute to enhance his instructional skills. Working with his colleagues, he creates a plan to implement the instructional strategies that he learns at the institute to address ... more »

Kathleen McHugh Dyer

Rio Grande City High School, Rio Grande City, TX
Grades 9-12, English
2005, Spring

Recognizing that their at-risk students respond best to culturally relevant literature, Ms. Dyer and Mr. Crawford implement “Voices of the Valley” to improve students’ writing and technology skills. The bilingual students interview community members ... more »

Steven Selva

University of Maine At Fort Kent, Fort Kent, ME
Higher Education, Science
2004, Spring

Advancing his knowledge on stubble lichens, a group of old-growth forest species, Dr. Selva travels to Washington, DC, and New York City to study lichen collections at a botanical garden and herbarium. Dr. Selva hopes that studying the actual specimens will enhance the ... more »

Patricia Marie Royle

Camden Junior High School, Camden, TN
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Spring

To encourage scientific inquiry and increase hands-on learning, Mrs. Royle and Mrs. Cantrell develop a project that explores the sun. Using sun projection screens to view features of the sun’s surface, students keep a data log of their observations and produce ... more »

Frederick Nelson

Manhattan High School, Manhattan, KS
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Spring

Mr. Nelson and Mr. George form a study group to learn about authentic inquiry-based physics materials. Study group members collaborate to develop student learning materials for the testing of a portable cosmic ray detector and to assess content learning.

Sharisse Dye

Walter J. Baird School, Lebanon, TN
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Spring

Through “CSI @ WJB,” Mrs. Dye and Ms. Carr cultivate cross-curricular learning and career interests in students with both academic and social needs. With mentoring from local police, newspaper reporters, and attorneys, students research the ... more »

Rebecca Connolly

Cowpens Elementary School, Cowpens, SC
Grades K-5, Science
2005, Spring

Mrs. Connolly and her partners implement “Setting the Stage for Science Standards” to enhance students’ comprehension of nonfiction texts and to build scientific understanding in a hands-on setting. After exploring a variety of science concepts ... more »

Katheryn Crayton

Wai Ola “Waters of Life” Public Charter School, Pahoa, HI
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Crayton and her partners lead a study group that includes school faculty, staff, students, and board members to explore Hawaiian history, language, culture, and healing practices. After attending each monthly workshop on Hawaiian history and culture, study groups meet ... more »

Kathleen Trimmer

Springbrook Elementary School, Westerly, RI
Grades K-5, Social Studies
2005, Spring

To help their special needs students develop a sense of community and view themselves as valued community members, Ms. Trimmer and her partners implement several outreach and garden projects. Working with local high school volunteers, students build bird feeders and ... more »

Rebecca Pittard

Pine Trail Elementary School, Ormond Beach, FL
Grades K-5, Mathematics
2004, Spring

Ms. Pittard and her partners, all teachers in different grade levels throughout the district, form a lesson study group to improve mathematics pedagogy. After collaborating to develop lessons, participants conduct classroom observations and reflect on strategies to improve ... more »

Joseph Gilmartin

Davisville Middle School, North Kingstown, RI
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Spring

Mr. Gilmartin and Ms. Barden develop a watershed project to help students create a positive environmental change. Students study the history of the local river region, learn to identify species of fish and macroinvertebrates, and conduct field studies to test the ... more »

Tina Shank

Manor Middle School, Lancaster, PA
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2005, Spring

Mrs. Shank and Ms. Long implement “FCS Online: A Digital Bridge for Remote Collaboration” to prepare students for work and develop communication, technology, and problem-solving skills. Students at two regional middle schools use an online discussion forum ... more »

Miles Roe

Mill Creek Elementary School, Warrington, PA
Grades K-5, English
2005, Spring

Mr. Roe and Mr. Zakroff enhance the writing and technology skills of their students by incorporating a student newspaper into their curriculum. Students use computers to develop a comic strip and to write and edit articles, movie reviews, and editorials for a ... more »

Kathleen Lazarus

Daytona Beach Community College, Daytona Beach, FL
Higher Education, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Dr. Lazarus leads a study group to implement a mentoring program for adjunct faculty. Full-time faculty mentor adjunct instructors by observing classroom instruction and exploring personal theories on pedagogy.

Carla-Lee Plomchok

Downingtown Senior High School, Downingtown, PA
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Spring

Through “Downingtown CSI & Robotics Applications,” Ms. Plomchok, Mr. Shultz, and Mr. Walker improve students’ scientific inquiry and knowledge with practical applications of forensic science and robotics. Using real-world procedures, students learn ... more »