We’re always excited when a new school year begins, but this year we’re especially enthusiastic because 5 schools are participating in Junior Great Books case study projects. “We look forward to working with these 5 project schools as they implement Junior Great Books in grades 3-5,” said program director Mary Kent Sweeton. “I’m eager to help guide these implementations and to see how the program, combined with inquiry-based leaning, benefits both students and teachers.” The case study projects take place over two years and measure how Junior Great Books impacts student achievement by collecting and scoring 3 writing samples throughout the school year and analyzing pre- and post-reading comprehension test scores.
The project schools, representing diverse demographics in 4 states, are:
- H.D. Cooke Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
- Hearst Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
- Horace Mann Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois
- Norterra Canyon Elementary School, Phoenix, Arizona
- Usher-Collier Elementary School, Atlanta, Georgia (Year 2)
All 5 schools also agreed to serve as model schools—welcoming educators to visit and observe Junior Great Books in action. We’ll be sharing news from our project schools during the school year so come back to read more!