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Teachers Network Leadership Institute:
Action Research: Classroom Management & School Culture

what we've found.

Completed Research Projects

Elementary School

Impact of Student Motivation, Achievement, and Success in a Self-contained Special Education Classroom by Christine Lancaster
This action research examines how a change in classroom environment can increase the level of success in a self-contained special education classroom.


The Power of Peer Tutoring: Success for a Retained Student by Leigh Mesler During my three short years in the classroom, I had asked many questions about students being left back, or retained.  More often than not, retention seemed like a way of punishing students for not working hard enough the year before.

arrow The Science Rotation by Peter Hippard
What has been the impact of the science rotation on our school climate, teacher development, and student learning in science?
arrow A Pile of Apples: How Can Class Meetings Affect the Classroom Community? by Megan Bender
How do classroom meetings affect the classroom community?  More specifically, will these meetings be an effective use of time?
arrow Coffee Shop Talk: How Can a Community of Practice that Focuses on a Collaborative Team Teaching Classroom Affect My Teaching? by Megan Bender
Working in a CTT classroom is similar to being in a marriage, where two people make joint decisions for student growth and figure out ways to improve classroom practice.
arrow A Trip to Remember by Libby Mackman
If children are given the opportunity to share common experiences, does it enhance their sense of belonging?
arrow "Stressed" Is "Desserts" Spelled Backwards: Taking the Responsibility of Discipline Off the Teacher and Placing It on the Student by Abby Sipress
How will implementing the Love and Logic® approach ultimately affect student discipline?
arrow First Grade Problem Solvers by Katie Peterson
The frequency of physical violence and aggression that I observed in my classroom motivated me to investigate interpersonal problem solving skills that I could teach my students.
arrow Learning to Be a Good Guy: Teaching Social Justice in the Primary Classroom by Liz Goss
What happens when teachers take back some of their power to make curricular choices and then use this power with their students to investigate how to create a better world for all of us?
Accountable Talk by Denise Watson (pdf file)
Trouble in Paradise: A Study of Who is Included in an Inclusion Classroom by Rachel Zindler

Cross-age Peer Tutoring & Service Learning by Joseph Gottschalk and Joseph Rafter

Visual Community: An Exploration of Classroom Community Through Pictures by Bruce Neff
Middle School

Implications for School Policy by Gabriel Thompson
What are the results of a program that promotes good citizenship through rewarding specific behavior and providing clear consequences for those who do not follow nonnegotiable school policies?

arrow I’m Going to College at 13:  The Impact of Middle-School College Tours by Richard Gadsby
My goal was to understand some of the short-term and longer-term effects of the Tour on students’ opinions about college, academic success and actual college attendance.
arrow Making  37 ½  Minutes Count: Teaching Learning-Disabled Middle School Students in a Pull-Out Program by Amy Kopchains
Does teaching learning disabled students in a pull-out program under current conditions work?
arrow Peer Mentoring in the Middle School by Aimee Holleb & Susan Williams
What happens when a classmate reaches out to help another classmate become more organized and succeed on a daily basis?
arrow The Leftovers: A Middle School Choice Game by Darri Stephens
arrow Teaching to Care: Abolishing Rewards and Punishments in the Inner-City School by Raymond Lau
Classroom management techniques that rely on rewards and punishments undermine efforts to create such an environment—they generate tension and hostility rather than trust and care.

Building Connectedness: One Strategy to Improve Academic, Social and Emotional Learning by Kate Lewis

Physical Environment and Student Engagement by Paul Kihn
Rising to the Challenge of High Standard by Matt Wayne
High School

What Is “Senioritis” in a Portfolio Based High School? by J. Reid Schwebach
This study is an investigation of the senioritis phenomenon and an attempt to begin to develop a coherent understanding of the phenomenon.


The Big Picture: Building Student-Teacher Relationships by Sara Falls
Educators across the country are looking at ways to address the achievement gap between low-income students of color and their more affluent counterparts, yet it is not enough to point out the inequity; schools must be looking at what we can do to address the needs of a diverse population.

arrow Got Tech? Integrating Technology in the Secondary Classroom by Tara Redican
"...I worried that adding technology for technology’s sake would be problematic. I began with many questions.  What pieces of technology could and should be incorporated into my chemistry classroom?  Would adding the technology change the pace of the course? How would student interest be affected? Would the technology ultimately lead to student success? How would I be affected by instigating these changes?"
arrow Being Known: A Pilot Advisory Program by Leslie Jirsa
Would a small, intimate “advisory” group help my students with no history of academic success graduate from high school?
arrow Walkthrough Supervision by Helen E. Gieske
How does a policy of short, frequent visits by administrators affect student achievement?
arrow It's More than Throwing Out the Ball by Carolann Space
Do children who are physically active during the school day perform better in school than those who are not? 
arrow All in the Family? A Look at New Teachers, Veteran Teachers, and the Environment at Howard High School of Technology by Cary Brandenberger
Does the state-mandated mentoring program help to retain new teachers?
arrow Investigation into the Effectiveness of a Mentoring Program by Christine Bowe and Marsha Evans
Does mentoring borderline sophomore students make a difference in their academic outcomes?
arrow Being Known: A Pilot Advisory Program by Leslie Jirsa
Been There, Done That: Student Inquiry of High School Dropouts by Erik Shager (pdf file. Need Adobe Acrobat? Click here.)
Lumps in the Melting Pot: What Happens When Diversity Isn't Enough?
by Jeremy Copeland and Jen Dryer
Student Discussions in the Social Studies Classroom: An Action Study by Nora K. Flynn
From Theory to Practice: Making Networks Happen in Schools by Sally Roderick

Adolescent Literacy by Carol Tureski


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