December 13, 2016
walker elementary

How to read 352 million words in five years: Walker Elementary beats the odds with successful reading campaign

The odds seemed discouragingly stacked against this California school. Ranked in 2011 as Santa Ana’s fourth-lowest elementary school, Walker Elementary struggled to boost the English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency of its largely Hispanic, high-poverty student population. According to the California […]
December 13, 2016
snake river

Measuring up: how good data galvanizes growth in Snake River School District

Potential is a terrible thing to waste. Due to a lack of reliable data about individual students’ skills and progress, schools can miss golden opportunities to help struggling readers succeed or inspire advanced learners to do even more. However, ensuring […]
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 […]