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Success at a Steady Pace

Port Chester Middle School is no overnight sensation. With deliberate and carefully executed steps over the past eight years, it has become a nationally celebrated model for improving learning among disadvantaged students.

Many districts have discovered that VoIP can help lighten long distance budgets, but Charles County Schools is finding there's more to the technology than just saving money.

Administrators at Putnam County Elementary School in Eatonton, Ga., are an ambitious group, and they don't want any first-year teachers to fail. In fact, school leaders are providing new teachers with nearly all they need to succeed.

With a profusion of VHS tapes, an old analog TV system and conventional projectors, the Edina (Minn.) Public School District was ready for a digital makeover.

Some people might think there's something in the water in Pueblo, Colorado, but it's really in the computers.

Businesses in Cleveland have always been involved with the Cleveland Municipal School District. Three years ago, however, the Greater Cleveland Partnership helped to turn casual relationships into an unprecedented partnership program called the Business/School Partnership Program.

Imagine coming up with a new way to distribute curriculum to more than 2,000 teachers at 52 campuses? That's what Dirk Funk, instructional technology facilitator for the Amarillo (Texas) Independent School District, was charged with two years ago. Luckily for Amarillo, Funk successfully rose to the challenge.

Hazard (Ky.) Independent School District officials don't boast about the good relationship they have with their local businesses. It's a quiet confidence that if they need help, they know where to turn.

Holly Herndon no longer waits for district officials to crunch the local assessment numbers before she can make decisions on instruction. Herndon, like other teachers in Florida's School District of Indian River County, can access her classroom's assessment results-24 hours after the exams are scored-using a new data management software tool.

Grading Tests

Harold Dodge has bragging rights when it comes to his Mobile County (Ala.) Public School System students' achievements. But these days, the superintendent is crowing simply because he can access those stats in the first place.