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This paper will share the results of a research study conducted during the 2007-2008 school year. It was designed to tell the stories of selected Oregon high schools that were having some success in implementing innovations and practices, and were making a difference in student’s learning, meeting content standards, and feeling connections to their schools. Interviews were conducted with students, teachers, and administrators to gain their perspectives of what was “working” at their high school. Additional data was collected from surveys, focus groups, artifacts, and researcher reflections. An analysis of the data revealed three overarching themes—what’s best for kids, community, and servant/instructional leadership. The resultant stories describe what student success and engagement looks like and feels like from the perspectives of the participants. It will also identify models of effective practice that may inform and inspire readers to implement similar changes in their schools.