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Student Engagement and Motivation Practices

Tabb Elementary School - Yorktown, VA Tabb Elementary School, Yorktown, VA Tabb Elementary School is located near five military installations. In the 2021-22 SY, 49% of the 694 students were military-connected students, making it the second largest military-connected elementary school in the district. Since military families often change assignments, the school experiences a high student mobility rate (25%). To address the Read More

Upper School - Englewood Cliffs, NJ Upper School, Englewood Cliff, NJ The Upper School consists of grades 3-8, with approximately 50 students per grade level. The former library/media program is now known as Educate to Innovate. Through all Visual and Performing Arts Courses, and in conjunction with the newly redesigned Computer Science and Design Thinking course, students are offered opportunities for Read More

Granite Ridge Intermediate School, Fresno, CA Granite Ridge Intermediate School, Fresno, CA Granite Ridge Intermediate School has a Transition Program for students who are identified as Low Income, Foster Youth, English Language Learners, or others who may be at risk of not graduating. The Transition Program focuses on students who might not seek out support but would benefit from mentoring and Read More

Weatherstone Elementary School, Cary, NC Weatherstone Elementary School, Cary, NC Weatherstone Elementary School is a North Carolina STEM School of Distinction at the Model Level. Schools with this honor undergo a rigorous application process that requires responses and evidence demonstrating STEM implementation covering key elements rooted within Five Overarching Principles; a self-assessment of the school aligning to the STEM Schools Read More

Daniel Wright Jr High School, Lincolnshire, IL Daniel Wright Jr. High School, Lincolnshire, IL Daniel Wright Jr. High implements a full standards-based grading (SBG) and reporting system across all grade levels and content areas. Instead of offering a general overall indicator of performance, standards-based reporting provides teachers, parents, and students with detailed information on individual performance. With SBG, improvement and enrichment efforts Read More

Helix Charter High School, La Mesa, CA Helix Charter High School, La Mesa, CA Helix High School offers a continuum of college readiness activities. All students must meet the challenging University of California and California State University A-G course requirements, which include all of the courses needed to be eligible to apply to a public college or university in California. In 9th Read More

Greathouse Shryock Traditional Elementary School - Louisville, KY At Greathouse Shryock Traditional Elementary School, fifth grade students know they are ready for middle school – and they proudly demonstrate their readiness by presenting a ‘defense of learning’ to educators, in which they share learning artifacts and reflecting on their academic and personal growth as elementary students, now ready for the next stage of Read More

AcadeMir Charter School Middle - Miami, FL In this video, hear how AcadeMir Charter School Middle provides opportunities for students to learn both in and outside of the school day. Students take four elective classes in addition to their four core classes. According to one teacher, electives are important because they are a fun way to incorporate instruction from core classes in Read More

Lafayette 1st Grade at work Lafayette Elementary School, (District of Columbia). Lafayette Elementary, the largest public elementary school in Washington, D.C., is by design a close-knit community educating more than nine hundred students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. At Lafayette we believe that equity, cultural awareness, and respect must factor into everything we do as a school community. Four years Read More

Wheeler Middle School Major Sheldon Wheeler Middle School, (Wahiawa, HI). Wheeler Middle School (WMS) is located on the Wheeler Army Airfield on the island of Oahu. The airfield is home to the Hawaii Air and Army National Guards and the Army’s 25th Infantry Divisions’ Combat Aviation Brigade. WMS students, families, and teachers are highly transient. Each year, over Read More