When Pam arrived at Sanborn five years ago, she was thrilled to see a lot of research happening across the curriculum. Students in English, Social Studies, Science, Technology, World Languages, and Wellness were reading, using the online databases, and writing throughout the semester. However, she quickly realized that instruction was all over the place. Science teachers said one thing while English said something else. Pam approached the English teachers to work with her on creating a single school-wide research rubric for use across the content areas. They used the research language from the Common Core and developed a simple to use rubric teachers could easily insert into any level of research: from formative to summative projects. They relied heavily on this rubric scoring guide to keep the language reader friendly and objective while the content remained challenging.
Through the creation of the school-wide research rubric, students are getting a consistent message about making claims, finding evidence, and citing their sources. Pam's leadership has improved instruction and aligned research across all content areas. You can use and adapt any of Pam's research tools on her website.