True Stories of Collaboration and Inquiry

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by Susie Burch, Rex Babiera, Matt Cole
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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...

by NCTAF, NCLE Staff, Lori Griffith

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.

by Joan E. Talbert, Jane L. David

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.