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Showing results for Grades: Grades 9-12

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mario Alberto Godoy-Gonzalez

Royal High School, Royal City, WA
Grades 9-12, English
2004, Winter

With “Opening Our Grandparents’ Memory Box,” Mr. Godoy-Gonzalez and his partners are helping their English language learners and special education students to improve their English skills. Students collaboratively study and research the role immigrants ... more »

Laura Vickery

Meridian High School, Haslett, MI
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Winter

Ms. Vickery and Ms. Wilburn have created a practical application of chemistry for their students. In a unit on the chemistry of color, students study natural and chemically manipulated pigments used to develop inks, paints, and glazes. The teachers also connect learning to ... more »

David Paden

John Dewey Learning Academy, Lecompton, KS
Grades 9-12, Science
2004, Winter

To engage their at-risk students in school, Mr. Paden and his partners designed a curriculum that connects environmental education and service learning with all content areas. Focusing on land navigation, students plant trees, build birdhouses, and create trail markers. ... more »

Daniel McDowell

West Hills High School, Santee, CA
Grades 9-12, History
2004, Winter

To help students understand the critical role that propaganda played in the maintenance of totalitarian regimes such as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Mr. McDowell and Ms. Johnstowne simulate a ministry of propaganda. Students learn media literacy by creating ... more »

Jemi Baham

Monrovia High School, Monrovia, CA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2004, Winter

Through “Learn by Teaching,” Ms. Baham and Ms. Ford enrich the communication and science vocabulary of their English language learners. After studying complex biology vocabulary and concepts, these students practice their communication and critical thinking ... more »

Elena Stowell

Kentwood High School, Kent, WA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2003, Fall

Ms. Stowell and her colleagues form a study group to examine peer coaching as a means for improving their students’ reading, writing, and mathematics skills. After studying literature on peer coaching and observing each other’s teaching, group members coach ... more »

Wanda Newman

Friendly High School, Fort Washington, MD
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2003, Fall

Ms. Newman, Ms. Torrence, and Ms. Williams research and develop prototypes of paraprofessional portfolios, including a sample electronic portfolio. These portfolios provide a model their colleagues can use to demonstrate their qualifications in improving student learning ... more »

Jonathan Budd

Joel Barlow High School, Redding, CT
Grades 9-12, English
2003, Fall

The tenth-grade English teachers at Joel Barlow High School examine best practices for enhancing their students’ writing skills. These group members analyze student work to identify problematic areas in student writing and develop instructional and assessment tools to ... more »

James Egenrieder

H-B Woodlawn Program, Arlington, VA
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2003, Fall

Mr. Egenrieder and Dr. Le’s seventh- and ninth-grade students use scientific tools to explore the hypothesis that coyotes have returned to Arlington, Virginia. With laser-guided cameras, global positioning equipment, and topographical maps in hand, students identify ... more »

Mike DeField

Farmington High School, Farmington, NM
Grades 9-12, Science
2003, Fall

Mr. DeField, Ms. Howe, and Ms. Townsend have developed an applied physics course that focuses on hot air ballooning and targets students who do not perform well in traditional science classes. Students research federal aviation laws and create prototypes of hot air ... more »

Amitabha Basu

George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, Philadelphia, PA
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Fall

Dr. Basu and his partners implement “Urban Pesticides and Ecology of Philadelphia Watersheds” to help their students understand the causes and effects of our living habits on the watershed and wetlands in Philadelphia. Students learn about the impact of ... more »

Margaret Dieter

Marshall High School, Bend, OR
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Fall

Ms. Dieter and Ms. Hanford implement “Expeditions” to provide high school students with a broader understanding of English, world cultures, fine arts, and physical education. One portion of the program entitled “Around the World in 45 Days” ... more »

Katherine Whittaker

Andes Central School, Andes, NY
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2005, Fall

Through their project entitled, “Broadcast Communications,” Ms. Whittaker and her partners help students develop and run a school newspaper, an online magazine, television programs, and a school-based radio station. Students design a company logo and ... more »

Heather Brady

John Stark Regional High School, Weare, NH
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Fall

At this comprehensive high school, Ms. Brady and her partners improve the career and technical education curriculum for ninth grade students who are achieving below their potential. Faculty and students conduct joint site visits to career and technical education ... more »

Elaine LaMarre

ACES Academy, Alpena, MI
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2005, Fall

To help alternative education students explore the artistic aspects of photography, Ms. LaMarre and her partners develop a nature photography project that incorporates science, writing, research, and self-exploration. Students are introduced to photography and ... more »

James Everett

Nooksack Valley High School, Nooksack, WA
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2005, Winter

Mr. Everett and Ms. Robinson investigate how real-time assessment and handheld technology can assist reading instruction. Teachers use handheld computers to record, track, and evaluate students to align curriculum and instruction.

Pharra DeWindt

McKinley High School, Buffalo, NY
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Dr. DeWindt observes and documents instruction to assess how teachers promote character education within their lesson plans and curricula. To provide examples of best practices, Dr. DeWindt videotapes lessons and creates a website to showcase effective instructional ... more »

Elizabeth Scanlon

Timber Creek High School, Orlando, FL
Grades 9-12, English
2005, Winter

Ms. Scanlon, Ms. Elliott, and Ms. Sherman study content area reading strategies to enhance the reading skills of their high school students. Each month, participants observe each other’s classroom and analyze reading instruction. The group creates a resource ... more »

Lorrain Rudd

Rock Springs High School, Rock Springs, WY
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Winter

To improve their students’ environmental science skills, Ms. Rudd and Ms. Varras design research projects on a local site that is the center of controversy between environmentalists and developers. Students conduct research on a local community problem that ... more »

Mario Alberto Godoy-Gonzalez

Royal High School, Royal City, WA
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Winter

Mr. Godoy-Gonzalez, Mr. Graham, and Ms. Ortega engage students in hands-on science activities through “Forensic Science: Sherlock Holmes Meets CSI.” Students develop problem-solving skills as they learn technologies and techniques for investigating and ... more »

Camilla Walck

Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, VA
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Winter

To give their students hands-on experience with botany, Ms. Walck and Ms. James help students build a school greenhouse. Students use the greenhouse to investigate plant growth and artificial plant propagation.

Rose Tyvand

New Urban High School, Milwaukie, OR
Grades 9-12, Science
2005, Winter

Ms. Tyvand and her partners implement “Alternative Energy Project” to develop their ninth- and tenth-grade students’ understanding of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Students examine the economic, environmental, political, social, and ... more »

JoAnn Pfeiffer

Federal Hocking High School, Stewart, OH
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Ms. Pfeiffer and Mr. Falk give their students real-world agricultural experiences through several production farming projects. Students learn techniques for selecting, feeding, and raising livestock. In addition, students develop forest management techniques as they ... more »

Crystal Rouleau

Mesabi Academy School, Buhl, MN
Grades 9-12, Literature
2005, Winter

Ms. Rouleau, Mr. Knutson, and Ms. Zakula implement “Creative Expression Course,” a curriculum that encourages their at-risk students to express themselves through music, drama, dance, visual arts, and poetry. Students study poetry, combine prose and ... more »

Megan Burgess

Springport High School, Springport, MI
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Through “Quality Learning: Community and Environment through Quality Food,” Ms. Burgess and her partners convert school land into grazing pastures to provide an meaningful learning experiences for their at-risk students. Students research grazing ... more »

Lawrence Rice

Kealakehe High School, Kailua-Kona, HI
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2005, Winter

Mr. Rice and Ms. Chern develop “Mapping the Kona Coast” to introduce their students to local Hawaiian religious, cultural, and linguistic sites. Students visit sites, such as burial grounds and migration trails, and use global positioning technologies to ... more »

Janis Klein-Young

Miami Douglas MacArthur Senior High South, Miami, FL
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Collaborating with a local cultural arts group, Ms. Klein-Young and her partners empower their at-risk students with entrepreneurial and visual arts skills. Students work with local artists to explore studio art, crafts, marketing, and sales. Students apply what ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Leanne Worley

Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount, VA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2003, Summer

Ms. Worley and her colleagues study ways to restructure their very large, impersonal high school into a number of smaller, more effective learning communities. Their research takes them to various schools across the country to consult with educators who have achieved ... more »

Barbara Wilkins

Cuba High School, Cuba, MO
Grades 9-12, Mathematics
2003, Summer

Ms. Wilkins and her study group partners, who are high school and middle school mathematics teachers, are determining the most effective methods of using manipulatives to improve students' comprehension and retention of pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry concepts. Study ... more »

Susan Hjelle

Mora High School, Mora, MN
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2003, Summer

In their study group, Ms. Hjelle and her colleagues learn reading achievement research applications. Study group members observe each other's classroom teaching to analyze how faculty use reading strategies across content areas, and develop a common framework for teaching ... more »

Frederick Nelson

Manhattan High School, Manhattan, KS
Grades 9-12, Science
2003, Summer

Mr. Nelson and Ms. Schaub study best practices in the use of portfolio assessment, including electronic portfolios. After piloting the process in Manhattan High School physics courses, Mr. Nelson and Ms. Schaub plan to present the program to preservice teachers and other ... more »

Megan Iussig

Lowell High School, Lowell, IN
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2003, Summer

Through a combination of data analysis and site visits to high-performing schools, this study group is formulating school-wide intervention strategies designed to reverse a trend toward declining student performance in reading, writing, and mathematics. Led by Ms. Iussig, ... more »

Christian Wilkens

Juneau Douglas High School, Juneau, AK
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2003, Summer

Mr. Wilkens is participating in the American Sign Language (ASL) immersion program at Gallaudet University. After becoming fluent in ASL, Mr. Wilkens hopes to serve the learning needs of his district's deaf students, and help hearing students gain proficiency in the ... more »

Mitchell Trembicki

Haverford High School, Haverstown, PA
Grades 9-12, Social Studies
2003, Summer

Using a local apple orchard as their laboratory, Haverford High School students observe the affects of integrated pest management on nonpoint source pollution and disease resistance in plants and insects. Students inspect pheromone traps and track degree days, photograph ... more »

Robert Pohlman

Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro, NJ
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2003, Summer

To improve the technical writing skills of their pre-engineering and electronics students, Mr. Pohlman and Mr. Kruger require students to keep a notebook on their projects. The team hopes that helping their students write clear, accurate descriptions of technical designs, ... more »

Kate VerSchure

Beacon Day Treatment, Inkster, MI
Grades 9-12, Computers / Technology
2003, Summer

In Ms. VerSchure's classroom, students become engineers who write computer programs that design, build, modify, and manipulate LEGO¨ robots. The programs enable robots to collect data, which students then analyze and present in class. Community professionals discuss

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Patricia Thomas

Dixie Hollins High School, St. Petersburg, FL
Grades 9-12, Science
2003, Summer

To engage their at-risk students in science and improve critical-thinking skills, Ms. Thomas and Ms. Zavidil have transformed their science class into a crime scene investigation adventure. Each week, students use DNA analysis and other advanced techniques to analyze ... more »

Julia Somers

Ignacio High School, Ignacio, CO
Grades 9-12, Science
2003, Summer

Ms. Somers, Ms. Bilgrav, and Ms. Reinhardt developed an inquiry-based marine biology curriculum that increases their students' environmental awareness and interest in science. Students from this isolated Rocky Mountain American Indian reservation conduct field research at ... more »

Brenda Simmons

St. Clair County High School, Odenville, AL
Grades 9-12, Literature
2003, Summer

Ms. Simmons and Ms. Richardson guide their students through all the phases of writing and publishing novels that focus on growing up in Alabama from the 1940s through the 1970s. Students research these decades and conduct interviews with community members who were ... more »