St. Hilary School

Team Members: Marianne Checchia, Kimberly Shammo, Mary Ann Powell, Patricia Sermarini, and Lena Ryder
Community: Archdiocese of Philadelphia Year 1, 2010-2011

The PLP Faculty decided to apply what we have learned through PLP and Action Research to something that will include the entire school. Part of our school mission is community service. We thought that Alex Scott personified our message that one person really can make a difference. So we will be hosting a celebration in honor of Alex by hosting Alex’s Mom, Liz Scott, on May 20th at our very own Alex’s Lemonade Stand Day.


Throughout the school year, we have many events which include the entire school community: students, parents and teachers. We were seeking a central location for communication when an event is approaching. We planned to have the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Day and decided this would be an opportunity to use our new technology tools.
Our aimed outcome was to establish a communication hub which contained flyers, samples of students work, photos and videos that were all related to our upcoming event, in this case: Alex’s Lemonade Stand. We will know that we’ve been successful, if communication is clear and streamlined.
  • September-PLP introductory session – Met weekly to discuss project
  • October- Brainstorming session to choose topic for project – Liz Scott accepted our invitation to attend our celebration
  • November- Met with faculty to discuss our project..selected our date
  • January- Introduced Alex Scott to students by reading her story via school TV station WSHS
  • February/March- Upper grade students created glogs based on research on neuroblastoma and pediatric cancer research – created wikispace exclusively for all communication about our Alex’s Lemonade project
  • April – Intermediate students used Flip camera to create “three words stories” about how the story of Alex Scott has inspired them – set up “Lemon Lane” and our lemonade stand in cafeteria to sell lemonade every week..proceeds benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand
  • May- culminating event.. May 20th…schoolwide picnic and visit from Liz Scott… we will share our project with LIz Scott on this day!
We’ve grown technologically as a faculty. Our students have now been more exposed to the world of web 2.0 tools. We anticipate great success with this project which culminates on May 20th. We look forward to continued use of these tools into the next academic year.
For more information about this project, visit the team’s wiki page.


About Action Research Projects

Action research is a process in which Powerful Learning Team members collaboratively examine their own educational practice systematically and carefully. Action research is:

  • Disciplined inquiry into a problem or possibility within the school or classroom
  • Collaborative and usually takes place in a community of practice
  • Meaningful, positive, and reflective
  • Data-driven, action-based, improvement-focused
  • Transformative

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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