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


Rhodes to Success

In 2010 when I was the principal at Fremont Junior High in Mesa Public Schools, our district began a journey to assuring success for all students by becoming a Professional . . . 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


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


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


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


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


Changing Attitudes

This past school year, we implemented a schedule that allowed for a release of students on all Wednesday afternoons. The first Wednesday of each month was a full student body . . . Read more


Yuma High School

Story courtesy of Yuma Pioneer Down list going down at YHS Thursday, March 12, 2009 Writer: Tony Rayl The numbers on the downlist are going down as the students' . . . 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

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