Disney's Planet Challenge makes it easy for teachers to align class projects with state and national curriculum standards. The DPC website links to every state's requirements, as well as lesson plans for particular grades in particular states.
"The lesson plans are a big help for teachers who might think they don't have enough time to participate with all the things they're required to teach," said Breigh Rainey, whose class won the grand prize for elementary schools.
One day this past spring, three noisy buses drove four hours south from Zachary Elementary School to the Louisiana wetlands. Some 100 eager second and third graders clambered down the steps and got to work, planting 700 bitter panicum grass plugs on the beaches of Grand Isle to prevent coastal erosion.
It was the culmination of a two-year project called "Wetland Warriors: Fighting to Save Our Coast," which won the 2011 Disney's Planet Challenge grand prize for elementary schools.
"The challenge piqued the kids' imaginations and got them thinking."
Team: Concord Hill Greenies
If Bob Henderson had any doubts about purchasing recycled computers for the Lake Park Audubon school district in Minnesota, they vanished after he saw CDI’s three-year warranty.
Pacific View Charter School teacher Kathy Meck recently recalled a 7th grader who came from a traditional school, where he struggled because he didn't like being there.
When it comes to competing for jobs or gaining admittance to colleges, students can boost their chances of success by earning technical certifications.
Keith Rogers, chief operating Officer of Milwaukee Academy of Science, was looking for a home computer when he recalled a series of email messages he'd received at work from a CDI sales representative about recertified machines.
When Westminster Christian Academy broke ground last year on a 250,000-square-foot building in the middle of St. Louis, technology director Kent D. Kehr Jr.'s excitement was tempered with great apprehension.
Can a company be sleek and efficient and still have the neighborly feel of "The Andy Griffith Show"?
David Deweese thinks so; in fact, that's how he describes CDI, which began providing recertified computers to his South Carolina district three years ago.
AMX SchoolView helped Joe Squiers see the light on energy savings. Or, to be more accurate, the dark.
Tulare City School District has a large number of English learners in its diverse student body, which is predominantly Hispanic. Yet it has posted great success in reading scores over the past decade.
A year into a revamp of the C.T. Sewell Elementary School's educational focus, math test scores were heading up. While lead educators in the Henderson, Nev., school were confident about the quality of their teachers and curriculum, they still sought to ensure consistency in students' exposure to core math standards.