Stories of impact

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What's the only thing better than educators creating new, better ways to connect with students and improve their learning? When they are able to share successful approaches and ideas with others.

CTQ is proud to support and work with dedicated, creative, and hard-working teachers who draw from their experiences to make an impact in the classroom. We help them share their stories and scale their ideas to reach more students.

Choosing yes: A path to teacher leadership

Glenna SigmonFor Florida teacher Glenna Sigmon, the past year has been an adventure full of growth and opportunity. By saying “yes” to taking part in the Florida Teacher Leader Fellowship, attending a storytelling retreat hosted by CTQ, and accepting a position as an instructional coach at Chester A. Moore Elementary School, Glenna is making a positive impact on the 560 students and 25 teachers within her school—all because she found her leadership voice by saying “yes.”

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Transforming professional development through teacher leadership

Three kids in class, on laptopsHow did one district in Volusia County make changes that led to students gaining 10 points on FSA data assessments? Watch to find out how Volusia County teachers and administrators collaborated to transform leadership structures in their district to increase teacher capacity and deepen student learning.

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Collaborating for change

Tricia EbnerOhio teacher Tricia Ebner was struggling with how to best teach her students and discovered that she wasn’t alone. The reading and writing teachers at Lake Middle School were faced with new standards and assessments but had a schedule that hindered collaboration. Guided by a suite of impact assessment tools developed by CTQ, Tricia tells the story of teachers and administrators sparking conversations and driving change.

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Building collegial relationships at Oak Park Elementary

Four kids at a classroom tableThe district and local union enlisted CTQ to facilitate a design thinking process that would help teacher teams use their ingenuity and expertise to generate bold, practical solutions for local challenges — and then design and implement action plans for success. Watch how one teacher team put an idea into practice and hear Anthony Colucci, NBCT, and Jennifer Brockwell, principal, share their experiences on Education Talk Radio.

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Taking teacher-led projects to scale

Justin Minkel teaches at a high-performing, high-poverty school where 85% of students are English language learners. As he looked to improve low literacy rates for many kids in his class, he wondered if his students’ lack of access to books at home was part of the problem. His solution was an innovative approach: provide every student in his class with 40 books — tailored to their reading level and interests — over two years to help establish a personal library of books at home. By every measure, the project made a meaningful impact — reading skills improved dramatically among his students. “I had seen the most reading growth I’d ever experienced with a class,” Minkel said.

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