Every year at its national conference, The Education Trust recognizes a few schools that demonstrate the power schools have to help students overcome the barriers of poverty and discrimination. Last month, four schools were presented with the Ed Trust Dispelling the Myth Award. Last week I wrote about Pass Christian High School in Mississippi. This week I’m writing about Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary in Miami-Dade. I’ll be writing about the others in future columns.

Even before arriving at Finlay Elementary in Miami-Dade earlier this fall, I knew I was going to be impressed with the school.

In the spring, I had talked with Maria Del Castillo, Finlay’s reading specialist, who told me that she and other teachers at the school regularly engage in “inquiries,” which they define as investigating a solution to a particular problem.

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