Apache Junction High School teacher to visit California for new program, course training

Terry Hendron (ajusd.org)

Terry Hendron, a math teacher at Apache Junction High School, is traveling March 3-6 to Temecula, California, to attend The Boomerang Project Link Crew Program.

The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board voted 5-0 Feb. 12 on a consent agenda that included approving Mr. Hendron being away from work for three days and using nearly $3,300 in maintenance and operations budgeted funds. Costs include $300 for plane travel, $100 for round-trip shuttle and $2,895 for registration, which includes lodging, according to AJUSD records.

“The purpose of the conference is to provide the training that is needed to properly and effectively implement a program called Link Crew. In short, Link Crew is a high-school transition program that welcomes freshm(e)n and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience,” Mr. Hendron said in a letter to the Governing Board.

“In addition to the training, the conference provides curriculum so the program can be offered as an elective class. The provided curriculum is a critical component to the success of the program. The curriculum is only available to those that attend the training,” he said.

The AJUSD Governing Board has approved the class for next school year.

“Principals of Leadership-Link Crew” is listed in the high school course catalog as an elective for juniors and seniors. Students in the class serve as mentors for incoming freshmen students, according to the letter.

In addition to certifying the teacher as an official Link Crew or Where Everybody Belongs coordinator, the Boomerang Project offers college credits through Brandman University and professional development hours in most U.S. states. The certification and credit hours will only be given to a participant if all sessions of the conference are attended by the participant, according to the Boomerang Project document given to the AJUSD Governing Board.

Go to boomerangproject.com.

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