COMMON THREAD CASE PROJECT - Description of the project
Common Thread Cases: Teachers in the Midst of Reform was begun in July of 1994 to
support new and experienced teachers confronted with changing expectations for
performance. The project title derives from "The Thread That Runs So True," a line
from the chant of a mountain folk game and the title of Jesse Stuart's widely acclaimed
narrative about teaching in Appalachian Kentucky (Stuart, 1949). Each case
developed in the project will be available in both a multimedia and hard copy format
and must meet the following criteria:
The project is a collaborative effort between the University of Kentucky/University of
Louisville Joint Center for the Study of Educational Policy and Kentucky Educational
Television. BellSouth and Gheens Foundations have provided funding for the project.
- Consist of a true story capturing the types of dilemmas and accomplishments
teachers experience in policy-driven reform.
- Relate to one or more of the state-adopted teacher performance standards
consistent with national standards: not as a formula, but as an illustration of rich
and detailed depictions of classroom practice.
- Provide views of the possible, what we refer to as images of aspiration.
Back to Table of Contents