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


All Means ALL

Alisal Elementary School is located in Pleasanton, CA and serves an increasingly diverse population. As part of our district mantra that "All Means All", we have . . . Read more


Boys and Girls Club Supports Students

One of my students was having a very hard time reading at home with a large family and no space to work in peace. After many failed attempts of talking with parents and . . . Read more


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


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


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


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


Roosevelt Middle School

I'd like to share some highlights. Our school implemented PLC designs several months ago, and we have already started seeing some of the positive effects. Since the school . . . Read more


Roosevelt Elementary School (Wauwatosa, WI)

Elizabeth Schmid, a kindergarten teacher, shared the following reflection about working in a PLC. Her insights capture the powerful sense of self-efficacy that teachers feel when . . . 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


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


Marylin Avenue Elementary School

Changing Lives and Inspiring Others to Make a Difference I started my first year as principal in 2005-2006 at Marylin Avenue Elementary School in Livermore, California. Many . . . Read more


Mount Eagle Elementary School

How Mount Eagle Elementary School Is Using the "Balanced Literacy Model" to Answer Professional Learning Community Guiding Questions The staff at Mount Eagle decided . . . Read more