Inspirational Stories


The Right Work: A Team on a Mission

For the past three years, Main Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School (MVPA) (previously known as Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School (OVPA)) has been . . . Read more


Transforming Professional Culture: The Unadilla Valley CSD PLC Journey

The first seven years of our journey have been similar to a roller coaster ride, fast, scary, heart stopping; however, amazing and exhilarating at the same time! See the . . . Read more


Our PLC Process

1. Monitoring student learning on a timely basis. Teachers have worked hard and have been instructed to do formative assessments at the end of every period. Different teachers . . . Read more


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


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


Pennfield Elementary School (Pennfield, NB)

I am a principal of a small rural school – K-4 – with a teaching staff of 6 including myself. In order for the team to meet on a regular basis we had to adjust the . . . Read more


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


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


Mullenix Ridge Elementary

Collegial Learning at Mullenix Ridge Elementary The energy in the room is exhilarating and as I draw our staff meeting to a close, the majority of our teachers do not leave. . . . Read more


Hardisty School (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Working from isolation to collaboration is the key to consistent success and steady growth. Three and one half years ago we started on our journey. Upon hearing of the success of . . . Read more


Freeport Intermediate School

A CULTURE OF CELEBRATION While recovering from chemotherapy, I was sitting on the couch feeling pretty depressed. Suddenly, a police car drove up with lights flashing. I met . . . Read more