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Coyote Springs Elementary: A 21st Century education experience in the Habitat

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  • Lynn Brown/ Humboldt Unified School District


Nestled at about 5,000 feet, just north of Phoenix, you will find Coyote Springs Elementary school. Coyote Springs Elementary sits atop a hill overlooking rolling hills and grazing cows.

Coyote Springs is the largest elementary population in the Humboldt Unified School District. The population is 61% free and reduced lunch. In the 2014-2015 school year, it is a school-wide Title I site. But don’t let the rural undertones fool you, under an ambitious leadership team, Coyote Springs is in it’s fledgling year of growing 21st Century students under the shade of it’s 21st Century Education signature program.

Coyote Springs Elementary: A 21st Century education experience in the Habitat CoyoteSpringsHabitatHP2This school year Coyote Springs has implemented a 21st Century Education program, rooted in growing 21st Century citizens prepared to face the challenges in our future. The program is centered around the 5C’s – community connections, creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration – the Habitat, and hands-on, inductive, project-based lessons.

Take a look around a typical day at Coyote Springs and you will see students teaching students in the Habitat. Sixth grade students are working with younger students, learning about the water cycle and plant life cycles. You will see students in all grades working on laptop carts to enhance their classroom lessons. You will see students working in collaborative groups to solve math problems and finding answers to their driving questions.

Coyote Springs is also working towards an inclusive resource program, through collaboration between general education and special education teachers. Their goal is to reduce the amount of Tier I instruction special education students are pulled away from and to increase exposure to vocabulary, content, and peer interaction.