True Stories of Collaboration and Inquiry
- Vignettes: Short stories focused on a particular issue of collaborative inquiry inviting readers into conversation.
- Cases: In-depth stories of a group's collaborative inquiry accompanied by a wealth of resources for digging deeper into topics of literacy and capacity building.
This case features a community of practice at Rowland High School, Rowland Heights, California, that studied academic vocabulary during the 2010-2011 school year. Formal support for communities of practice began in the 2009-2010 school year. In 2010-2011, approximately 120 educators (13% of the district’s certificated staff) were members...
Using a project-based learning approach, this team of high school teachers from different disciplines collaborated to identify an area in which their students needed work, then developed a cross-curricular project to address it.
When Superintendent Marc Johnson and Deputy Superintendent Rich Smith took on the challenge of turning around their district’s failing schools in 2004, they confronted a culture designed to perpetuate the status quo. Johnson and Smith agreed that nothing short of transforming the district culture would work to improve student success.