Stories from the Field

William Penn High School in New Castle, Delaware provides its students numerous choices of academic and technical programs within the school, including a STEM college, business college, and humanities college. Students select a course of study when they enter, then over the next four years gain the needed skills to...
How can a small, rural district blend technology and mediated learning instruction to cultivate a holistic learning environment for all students? That is the question Center Grove School Corporations asked itself. That is the question that students can now answer.
Antontrey Begaye knew he wanted to become a physician after doing clinical rotations as a medical assistant in high school while taking career and technical education classes in the Flagstaff Unified School District. But he wasn’t quite sure how to get there until he received help from mentors Eugene Begay...
A leading elementary school in the Project-Based Learning-driven New Tech Network, Katherine Smith School is a neighborhood school with a majority Hispanic population, generational poverty, and numerous challenges. However dedicated leadership and a committed staff have transformed the school into a vibrant and sought after exemplar for 21st century learning.
“Why do I have to learn this?” It’s a question that crosses the minds of many high school students, but one that Ian Furstenberg doesn’t need to ask. Because of his classes in such technical fields as digital electronics and automation, he can see the immediate connection between his schoolwork...
How does the principal of a large PK-6 elementary school – a former reading coach well-versed in ARI fidelity – learn to lead a schoolwide transformation to project-based learning? With the help of some pushy experts, she says. Experts who happen to be teachers in her own school. Julia Gordon...
This spring, when a group of educators visited Baldwin County's Gulf Shores Elementary for an "instructional round" organized by the Alabama Best Practices Center, they compared the PK-6 school's one-page instructional target document with what they saw during their observations. The target laid out the GSES educators' vision of "what...
Story posted April 22, 2014 This story is part of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program . Result: In 2012, the district had a graduation rate of 85%, up 15% from 2008 As of 2008, Muscatine Community School District’s leaders faced two challenges: only 70%...
"There's not a minute to be lost." That's the mantra in many high-needs schools today, where the pressures of high-stakes accountability have reduced the time spent on "untested" subjects and activities like art, music, drama and physical education. And perhaps no brand of school fun has taken the drubbing given...
Fenway High has a unique history. It was founded in 1983 as a program for students in at-risk situations who were failing in the more traditional high schools. Fenway became a pilot school in 1995 and is now open to all students, serving a diverse population that is 44% African-American,...