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Struggling to succeeding: An Illinois turnaround story

Angela Pascopella
October, 2016
Superintendent Michael Kuzniewski has increased graduation, testing and proficiency rates.

For decades, the J. Sterling Morton High School District in the Chicago suburbs was in bad shape. In 2008, when Michael Kuzniewski became superintendent, he vowed to change all that, with help from a new school board.

Making a model of math

Ray Bendici
October, 2016
Model students: Students at Cupertino High School in California learn the basics of math modeling during an AoCMM workshop.

High school math classes focus traditionally on solving equations. The world of mathematical modeling emphasizes creating equations.

Adapting mini-cars for special ed needs

Ariana Fine
October, 2016
 Students in Howard County’s health and engineering academies recreated motorized miniature cars, available on the market, to help preschool students with physical challenges have some fun.

A project for young children with physical challenges enabled a group of high school students in Howard County Public Schools’ allied health and engineering academies to tailor motorized miniature cars to improve accessibility for some of the district’s preschool students.

Michigan schools fine-tune arts assessment

Ryan Lacey
October, 2016
Michigan has transformed its arts assessment model by introducing a website where teachers can share assignments and grade them using a common rubric. Many sample projects, above and right, were uploaded to the site during field testing.

Four years of development in Michigan has produced an arts platform where educators can share a curriculum and better methods for assessing student work. The instructional materials align with the Every Student Succeeds Act, which emphasizes the arts as part of a “well-rounded education.”

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