Principals have used these innovative practices to improve their school curricula and help their students learn.
  • Principal Gloria Roman partnered with Street-Level Youth Media, an organization that educates Chicago’s urban youths in media arts and emerging technologies, to collaborate on a video project called Discovering West Town Video Project—Gloria Roman, Illinois
  • The idea was to supplement 3rd–5th graders’ classroom study of world habitats and biodiversity with an intensive real world experience—Jackie Daniilidis, Louisiana
  • Despite a strong science magnet program, families in the neighborhood of Edward Bleeker Junior High School were known to falsify their addresses to keep their children from attending school there—Valerie Sawinski, New York
  • Principal Karyn King and her staff met in the fall to plan four no-cost Family Reading Nights, each developed around high-interest themes: Local History Jamboree, Wizard of Oz, Slumber with Books, and Tree House—Karyn King, Michigan
  • Principal Annette Ffolkes' Books and Breakfast was designed with the entire family in mind, featuring storytellers, read-alouds, hands-on activities, and materials and tips parents could take home to support reading—Annette Ffolkes, Maryland
  • Calling the initiative Our Community R.E.A.D.S.: Realizing Excellence, Achieving Dreams in Springfield, Principal Nicole Nash Gales and her staff made literacy a focus of the year, dedicating space in school newsletters to offer parents tips and ideas for how to read with their children—Nicole Nash Gales, Illinois.