December 19, 2016

Finding the greatness: from at-risk student to teacher of the year

She seemed destined to be just another at-risk statistic, on a path to increasingly destructive behavior born of a troubled home life, poverty, abuse, and neglect. But along the way, one caring church family and a devoted elementary art teacher […]
December 16, 2016
Lexington Elementary

Community + collaboration + celebration = National Blue Ribbon merit at Lexington Elementary

The mere suggestion of a trip to the principal’s office can strike fear into the hearts of elementary students. But at Lexington Elementary School in southern Indiana, that response seems rather old school, harkening back to a time before reading-goal […]
December 13, 2016
aha moment in math

Triggering and building the aha moment in math

The aha moment… It’s what every teacher, including Michelle Schwendemann, lives for. As a ninth-grade math teacher at Benjamin Carson High School in Detroit, Michigan, Schwendemann is fortunate to frequently see that look of understanding and newfound confidence in her […]
December 13, 2016
concord elementary

Kentucky school meets challenging reading and math CCSS goals

In 2012, Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English/Language Arts and math. Despite the challenges of mastering these new standards, Paducah’s Concord Elementary School recently ranked 19 out of 733 elementary schools […]