Challenge: With fewer than half of students graduating from high school within four years, Aurora Public Schools was identified in 2010 as one of the lowest-performing districts in Colorado.
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Challenge: The Fond du Lac School District did not have any schools dedicated to encouraging girls to explore careers in STEM-related fields.
Challenge: After losing two students to suicide inside of a year, the Ocean City School District wanted to develop a thoughtful and strategic approach to better address the mental health of all its students.
Challenge: Students struggling with dyslexia were not being identified early enough in the reading education—until fourth grade in some cases—which created a need for significant remediation.
Challenge: Educators sought to provide real-time access to learning and to offer social support for students who are either homebound or hospitalized.
Initiative: Robots that students maneuver remotely keep them connected to their classrooms, teachers and friends. Steering their robots around the school, students follow along with lessons, participate in class discussions and join in social interactions.
Challenge: Creating a curriculum that’s relevant to everyone can be challenging in a diverse county where students hail from 122 nations and speak 100 languages.
Challenge: Avon Grove School District wanted to provide additional STEM opportunities to its youngest learners, and to “ignite a love of STEM for girls,” says Director of Technology Gary Mattei.
Challenge: In 2009, Berkeley County School District had a 67.3 percent graduation rate as students struggled with truancy, discipline and falling behind grade level.
Challenge: Seventy-five percent of Bibb County School District high school students reported feeling unprepared to interview for a scholarship or job, which affected the number who joined the workforce or went on to college.
Challenge: Interest in the magnet school had waned after a period of declining enrollment. Accessing the community’s intellectual capital to invigorate learning became a priority in shifting the school’s focus to career readiness.
Challenge: In a district with more than 80 percent of students identified as low-income, many children entered kindergarten unprepared. Students struggled and exhibited behavior problems, and were eventually referred to special education and considered for retention.
Challenge: Like in other small, rural districts, Comstock ISD administrators wanted to offer students advanced science classes that teach higher-level problem-solving skills. They also wanted to provide more opportunities to serve the community.
Challenge: The greatest failure rate in high school occurs in ninth grade, and students who fail ninth grade are 50 percent less likely to graduate. At-risk students need to strengthen academic and social-emotional skills to successfully navigate the transition to high school.
Challenge: The district wanted to establish a consistent and systematic process that would produce effective change in its 34 schools and ensure that all students grow and achieve.
Challenge: Children with special needs, English learners and lower socio-economic students were suffering learning losses when school was out for summer. “The goal of the program is to make summer look as similar to the school year as possible regarding supports for students,” says Jim Schmitt, executive director of teaching and learning.
Challenge: Because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Encinitas is deeply affected by water pollution, marine debris and, particularly, storm water runoff that can close beaches for as many as three days after a big rain.
Challenge: An estimated 1 in 5 youth suffer from a mental health disorder, with half of all chronic mental illness beginning by age 14. Untreated mental health problems can lead to poor school performance, strained family relationships, trouble with the law, substance abuse and other risk behaviors.
Challenge: In a district located amidst more than 200 aviation and aerospace businesses, a constant high demand exists for well-educated and highly skilled workers.
Challenge: Three Illinois districts realized they could improve college and career success by taking cues from postsecondary institutions and employers that continue to expand online and digital offerings.
Challenge: After extensive research, the rural district determined that students needed more development in the area of soft skills and more exposure to cultural elements from outside the area.