Raising the Bar: The Whale Done! School

By Cynthia R. Zurchin and Jim BallardPrincipal, March/April 2011 This is a story about a school that changed. Something that lay dormant in the people was tapped; something that slept in them was awakened. The results are the stuff of myth. In less than one year, a failing school became one in which staff, students, and parents take pride. The change is due to the power of humanity—and, incidentally, to killer whales. Descent Into Chaos In the summer of 2006, the Pittsburgh School District closed 22 schools.

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