AJUSD wins ‘Plan, Teach, Share’ award

Dana Hawman

Dana Hawman

Apache Junction Unified School District was recently recognized with a “Plan, Teach, Share” award as the 2014-15 Top Contributor of high quality digital resources to the Beyond Textbooks website. Collectively, AJUSD teachers uploaded 290 resources to facilitate teacher planning and student learning. The shared lesson plans, review sheets, projects, and activities are accessible to more than 12,000 teachers in the 100 school districts throughout Arizona, California, Idaho and Wyoming who partner with BT.

“It is a really nice surprise when folks outside our district recognize how good we are,” AJUSD superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson said. “The acknowledgement is nice and much appreciated, but more important is the fact that we are working hard to embrace and use the framework we adopted. The BT framework, with the implementation of Essential Elements of instruction, provides our students a better opportunity to learn.” AJUSD joined the BT partnership at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.

The “Plan, Teach, Share” award was presented in front of 625 attendees from 76 school districts at the sixth Annual BT Super Conference, held on Friday, Oct. 9 at the Cienega High School in Vail, Arizona. Eight teachers from AJUSD attended. Breakout sessions included topics such as, “A Viable Way to Empower Students,” “Balanced Literacy,” “How to Make [BT] Work for Students in Special Education,” “Effective Enrichment for All Students,” and “Daily Math Skills and the Balanced Math Framework.”

According to a statement from Kevin Carney, chief executive officer of Beyond Textbooks, there are more than 35,000 digital resources available to participating districts on the BT Website. “It is really something to see educators from every kind of school (charters, traditional, small, large, urban, rural, etc.) coming together and freely sharing to improve education.”

Dr. Wilson added, “Our partnership with Beyond Textbooks provides our teachers with an avenue of understanding standards, a structure for what standards need to be taught and when, a framework of assessments, and Reteach and Enrich opportunities. Because teachers also have access to resources through the online BT Wiki, our partnership with Vail is a partnership with the 12,000 teachers who work together to improve student achievement by sharing creative ideas and best practices for student engagement and learning.”

Beyond Textbooks was named a 2014 recipient of the “Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award” by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education for K-12. The award honors those school districts that are using technology to advance digital curriculum and content in exciting ways.

Editor’s note: Dana Hawman is the public information officer for Apache Junction Schools District

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