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Challenge: Students struggling with dyslexia were not being identified early enough in the reading education—until fourth grade in some cases—which created a need for significant remediation. Initiative: The district addresses […]
Challenge: Mount Vernon City School District, an urban system on New York City’s northern border, has suffered through years of academic and structural neglect, causing low graduation rates disparities in […]
Challenge: Avon Grove School District wanted to provide additional STEM opportunities to its youngest learners, and to “ignite a love of STEM for girls,” says Director of Technology Gary Mattei. […]
Challenge: Pomona USD serves 24,250 students; 85 percent live in poverty, 34 percent have been identified as ELLs and 11.6 percent require special ed. Summer programs were needed for all […]
Challenge: Administrators sought to provide more experiential learning opportunities because graduates were declaring college majors with no experience within the associated career fields. “Discovering what you don’t like is just […]
Challenge: The greatest failure rate in high school occurs in ninth grade, and students who fail ninth grade are 50 percent less likely to graduate. At-risk students need to strengthen […]
Challenge: Interest in the magnet school had waned after a period of declining enrollment. Accessing the community’s intellectual capital to invigorate learning became a priority in shifting the school’s focus […]
Challenge: In a district with more than 80 percent of students identified as low-income, many children entered kindergarten unprepared. Students struggled and exhibited behavior problems, and were eventually referred to […]
Challenge: Owsley County Schools, located in the nation’s third-poorest county, has struggled with declines in income, population and employment. Just 17 percent of county residents age 25 and over have […]
Challenge: A senior-level engineering course at The Science Academy of South Texas (a regional magnet school) called for students to research and develop projects in order to use cumulative knowledge […]
Challenge: The water level of White Bear Lake was at a record low in 2013, affecting recreational use and sapping the underlying aquifer that supplies water to the community. Initiative: […]
Challenge: Because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Encinitas is deeply affected by water pollution, marine debris and, particularly, storm water runoff that can close beaches for as many […]
Challenge: Salt River Schools—a small system operating on a rural Native American reservation of 11,000 people—faced high turnover, including churning through four superintendents in four years and more than 10 […]
Challenge: In a district located amidst more than 200 aviation and aerospace businesses, a constant high demand exists for well-educated and highly skilled workers. Initiative: The Aeronautical Science Pathway is […]
Challenge: The district wanted to establish a consistent and systematic process that would produce effective change in its 34 schools and ensure that all students grow and achieve. Initiative: The […]
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