Research Base

[NOTE: This page is a work in progress]

The School Improvement work at Deer Isle-Stonington High School is informed by and continually judged against "best practice" as defined by educational research in the areas of school improvement, secondary school redesign, and teaching and learning.  Participation in voluntary partnerships and associations focused on supporting school improvement and sharing best practice also support and inform school improvement efforts at DISHS.

School Improvement:

Associations and Partnerships:
Professional Learning Communities:
  • Rick DuFours:
    • "What is a Professional Learning Community?" ¬†Educational Leadership, May 2004 pgs. 6-11
    • "Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don't Learn." ¬†(Solution Tree 2004).

Standards-based Diplomas:

Curriculum Development:

System of Interventions and Support:

Literacy and Math Skills:

Engaging Instructional Strategies:

Parent and Community Engagement:

Raising Student Aspirations: