Patriot Elementary takes students from passive to passionate
When Dave Burgess was named Principal of Patriot Elementary School in the fall of 2012, he saw tremendous potential and opportunity. “It was literally a blank slate,” he says. “I saw all these clean white walls waiting to be filled. We had a strong staff, but to take our students to the next level we needed a common focus and language so we could all work together.”
How One Principal Achieved Lasting Whole-School Change
Lasting school change requires ongoing professional development and support. Here’s how Principal David Rische implemented the Thinking Maps Learning Community (TMLC) at Friendship Elementary—with some surprising results!
Good Writing Skills Open Doors for Students from All Backgrounds
When Magnolia School District needed a better way to develop writing proficiency, they came to Thinking Maps. Here’s why Assistant Superintendent Hanan Thornton thinks Write from the Beginning…and Beyond! is they key to empowering her students.
A Faster Path to English Proficiency
Like many districts across the country, Cherry Creek School District has seen its population of English Language Learners (ELLs) grow in both size and diversity in recent years. Dr. Holly Porter, Director of ELA Programs for Cherry Creek, explains how Path to Proficiency from Thinking Maps has helped the district drive higher achievement for their growing population of ELLs.
A “Super Cool” Transformation at Kenilworth Elementary
When Principal Anthony Pietrangeli joined Kenilworth Elementary School in Phoenix, he saw a school in need of an identity. He shares his whole-school transformation experience which leveraged Thinking Maps to take the school from struggling to a “Super Cool Thinking Maps School!”
Thinking Maps Gets Personal at West Belden
At West Belden, a K-8 Chicago International Charter School, highly personalized instruction starts with a common language for learning. The Distinctive Schools administration turned to Thinking Maps to provide all students with a basic foundation of critical thinking and cognitive skills to build that instruction around.
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Building Student-Owned Learning in Lake County Schools
In Lake County, Florida, students own the Thinking Maps learning strategies—and are reaching new levels of achievement. Find out how Director of Teaching and Learning Kati Pearson uses Thinking Maps to build student-owned learning strategies that they can take with them anywhere.
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