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Mercer Island High School is in an upper economic suburban community confined to an island in Lake Washington near Seattle. The mission of the Mercer Island School District, in partnership with the community, is to prepare every student to be a critical and creative thinker, a productive and collaborative worker, a responsible and caring citizen, and a lifelong learner in a changing world. MIHS offers a strong academic program using a blocked seven class schedule. MIHS students consistently have high scores on SAT exams, and 85-90% of the graduates of MIHS continue their education at the college level.
Jennifer Wright has been teaching science and mathematics at Mercer Island High School for six years. She has a civil engineering degree from Purdue University and worked in private industry for about ten years before returning to school to pursue her education credentials. She received a M.Ed. from Seattle Pacific University in 1996. She is the High School Site Technology Lead Teacher and its Web page coordinator.
Whittier High School, [ Web site ] in Whittier, California, 25 miles east of Los Angeles, serves approximately 1800 students from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds. All students live in the community and about 70% are Hispanic, 25% Anglo, and the remaining 5% are Black, Asian, or American Indian. Whittier has been a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools for several years. The school community is committed to maximizing student potential by first establishing high expectations and then applying a variety of assessment and accountability models. Teachers are encouraged to grow professionally through collaboration, membership in Critical Friends Groups, and training in the use of educational technology.
Patricia A. Wasley is the dean of the Graduate School of Education at Bank Street College in New York City. She has worked as a researcher for the Puget Sound Educational Consortium at the University of Washington, at the Coalition of Essential Schools, and at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. She is the author of Stirring the Chalkdust (1994) and Teachers Who Lead (1991).
Jim Carter is Acting Science Specialist for the Saugus School District in Saugus, MA, and teaches physics at Saugus High School. He has taught in the Saugus district since he graduated from Salem (MA) State College in 1983.