Inspirational Stories

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The Journey of a Freshman Learning Community

The transition to ninth grade is challenging for many students. For Sanborn Regional High School students, their transition struggles pointed to several issues in the . . . Read more

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North Dayton School of Discovery

I started my first year as principal in 2010-2011 of North Dayton School of Discovery (NDSD) in Dayton, Ohio. This turn-around school had one year to make drastic changes or the . . . Read more

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Remediation and Celebration at Globe High School

I have been inspired by Rick DuFour's work since I first read one of his books 11 years ago as a teacher. The PLC concepts motivated me to earn my master's degree and . . . Read more

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Myrtle Hall IV: Making Strong Connections

This school year, 2011-2012, Myrtle Hall IV began their transformation from a traditional school to a PLC. This was a tough implementation, because many of the teachers did not . . . Read more

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EAGLE High School (Homewood, IL)

I am principal of Churchill School in Homewood, Illinois. Homewood School District 153 is in the southern suburbs of Chicago and serves a racially and economically diverse . . . Read more

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Focusing on Student Learning (Oskaloosa, Iowa)

We are currently in only our second year as a PLC, but by the progress we are making you might think we have been at it longer. It really is a testament to the dedicated, . . . Read more

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Jump on the Santa Fe Express!

Santa Fe Elementary opened in the fall of 2007 in Cleburne, Texas, as a new pre-K through fifth-grade campus. Located in the east part of town with 74 percent minority and 91 . . . Read more

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Winning Streaks

Washington Elementary School serves a student population of approximately 30% ELL and 90.1% receiving free and reduced lunch – the highest of any of the 20 other elementary . . . 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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Filling the Cracks: PLCs and Low Income Student Achievement

In 2008, our low income(free/reduced lunch) population was frequently the same list as our "at risk" students. Many times I found myself trying to track these students . . . 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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Hurricane Deck Elementary (Laurie, MO)

The Camdenton R-III School District is an economically diverse rural school district located in one of Missouri’s highest grossing tourist regions. The district enrolls . . . Read more

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