Discover Untapped Resources at Your School

TrueSchool Fellows come up with innovative ways to use what they already have. “The brainstorming sessions at TrueSchool’s Studios revealed many assets that we had not noticed before…When we itemized our resources, we realized we had close to 100 functioning resources already in place to help us achieve our vision.” —The A.H. Bangert Team, New […]

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Help Us Build a Network of Educators Driving Change

TrueSchool Fellows collaborate with their peers to transform education “The most valuable aspect of the TrueSchool Fellowship was meeting different school teams. It was very enlightening to collaborate with other schools about the same issues and concerns our school deals with. It was also helpful to exchange suggestions, ideas, and feedback.” —Gwenevere Peebles, First Grade […]

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Invest in the Work of Other Educators

TrueSchool Fellows share their breakthroughs and fund the ideas of other school teams. We all want to know our ideas are worthwhile and see them become reality. That’s why a major component of the TrueSchool Process is recognizing and rewarding excellence. At the end of our year-long Fellowship, we look back on all the hard […]

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Teachers are Changemakers

The TrueSchool Process is grounded in the idea that educators are experts. “Instead of top-down management where we fit an issue into pre-made solutions, innovation starts from the bottom up. That’s where you find the true heart of the matter.” —Sue Brumbaugh, Fourth Grade Teacher Havelock Elementary School Havelock, North Carolina At TrueSchool, our work […]

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What is Collective Efficacy? How it impacts student achievement.

“We’re actually getting excited about the work that we’re doing—and that is what is going to make the difference.” —Kathy Rackley, Principal Walnut Creek Elementary Raleigh, North Carolina   According to education researcher John Hattie, collective efficacy is more predictive of student achievement than homework, socio-economic status, student motivation, and home environment. But what is […]

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Ready to Shake Things Up!

Angie’s TrueSchool Story By Angie Wittmus, TrueSchool State Lead Most people don’t know what they want to be when they grow up.  I was one of the lucky ones; I knew at six-years-old that I would be a teacher.  It was in Mrs. Samson’s first-grade class where I watched her work with groups of children […]

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MID-YEAR CASE STUDY: Wheeler Elementary School

CONTEXT The Wheeler team are educational leaders in a suburban community outside of Omaha, Nebraska. While Wheeler is one of the higher-performing schools in their cohort, they know that they cannot be complacent and that there is always more work to be done to achieve excellence for their students. They aim to serve as a […]

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MID-YEAR CASE STUDY: Trent Park Elementary School

    CONTEXT Principal Ashley Faulkenberry describes Trent Park as “a community school. My parents went there. My husband’s parents went here. One of our design team member’s children went here. This school is very respected by the community.” Trent Park was among the eastern North Carolina schools hit hard by Hurricane Florence in September […]

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MID-YEAR CASE STUDY: Walnut Creek Elementary School

  CONTEXT Administrator Kathy Rackley describes Walnut Creek as a “school with complex needs.” In her perspective, the “level of excitement and optimism” that her team has found in the TrueSchool Program is reinvigorating and reenergizing: “I’ve left both Studios filled with such excitement about the work our school is doing. It is not often […]

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Designing with students in mind

Julia Ciciora I first learned about the engineering design process in a class called IPRO (Interprofessional Projects Program) while doing my undergrad at the Illinois Institute of Technology. As a non-engineer major, I didn’t think much of it but did my part as a member of the two required interprofessional projects. The class required students […]

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