Inspirational Stories

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Using Close Reading to Kick-Start Your PLC and Start the Shift to the Common Core

George Knights, PLC at Work™ associate and Director of PLC and Assessment in Newport-Mesa Unified School District; with Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, Principal of Estancia High . . . Read more

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We're On Our Way!!

Great Falls Elementary School is a Title I school in rural Chester County in South Carolina, situated approximately halfway between Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC. The percentage . . . Read more

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Working in PLCs: Reflections on Collaboration From Australia

Background In 2010, Strathmore Secondary College elected to introduce Professional Learning Communities. On a trial basis these were teams of four or five teachers who were . . . Read more

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It's Not Whether We Will Or Won't...We Must!

His name was Dylan, and he was definitely not a world-renowned educational expert. Dylan was not an educational author, researcher—not even a great student for that matter. . . . Read more

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Scheduling Nightmare with the Largest K-4 School in Arkansas

Greetings from Hope, Arkansas—home of President Bill Clinton, former Governor and Fox Contributor Mike Huckabee, the World’s Largest Watermelon and home to the . . . Read more

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C.S. Porter Middle School (Missoula, MT)

Leading the Charge Our middle school, C.S. Porter, serves students in the 6th through 8th grades. 57% of our students are economically disadvantaged and 7% of our students are . . . Read more

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Cherry Hill Public Schools (Cherry Hill, NJ)

During the 2009-10 year, five elementary schools in Cherry Hill School District worked under the direction of Solution Tree Associates to develop as Professional Learning . . . Read more

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Jefferson Elementary School (Calexico, CA)

We began our journey in the fall of 2006, fresh off the heels of being labeled “bottom of the barrel” by our local newspaper based on our standardized test scores. We . . . Read more

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Meadowview Elementary School

Meadowview Elementary School faculty, staff, and administration found success within ourselves by using the PLC model. Based upon the data received from test scores (spring 2009) . . . Read more

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The Schedule Won't Let Us Devote Time to Intervention

The most effective school systems in the world ensure that all of their schools have a process in place to monitor each student’s learning on an ongoing basis and a . . . Read more

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Park View Middle School

Despite huge budget cuts, one middle school principal is happy that his staff has spent the last 4 years working together on a system of supports within the school day. In . . . Read more

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Richard Gird Elementary School

Last year, the Richard Gird Elementary School staff began the process of "collaboration" through grade levels. Grade levels began to have discussions about student . . . Read more

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Churchill Elementary School (Schaumburg, IL)

Never Give Up "Ensuring student success" is our district motto. Yet, every teacher has that one student that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to believe that . . . Read more

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Endeavour Elementary Magnet School of Technology

Reconstitute, Rebuild, Rejoice! Our journey began one year after our school received an "F" grade based on the Florida State Accountability System and Florida . . . Read more

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Volusia Pines Elementary School

Teachers at Volusia Pines Elementary in Lake Helen, FL are making great strides in student achievement for all. The third grade recently established a goal to increase math . . . Read more

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