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Over 400 Arizona educators to attend Vail conference


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  • Natalie Luna Rose/Vail Unified School District

Tomorrow, over 400 educators from across Arizona will participate in a conference hosted by the Vail School District’s Beyond Textbooks program.

The Beyond Textbooks conference will be held at Vail’s newest school, Esmond Station K-8, located at 9400 S. Atterbury Way (just east of Houghton Road, off of Mary Ann Cleveland Way), from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

The educators are from various Arizona school districts and schools, who have partnered with the Vail program.

Facing the challenges associated with an increase in student population from 3,600 in 2001 to over 12,000 in 2014, Vail developed the Beyond Textbooks program in 2008 to increase student achievement in math and reading from levels near or below state averages.

Vail’s pass rates are now consistently 20% or more above state averages and greater than 90% year after year at most grade levels.

The Beyond Textbooks wiki allows teachers to review the curriculum, share resource materials, and to communicate and collaborate with peers across the State.

These partners use the same curriculum but would not otherwise be available to share resources and provide other support.

In 2009, the Benson School District would become the first district to pilot Vail’s Beyond Textbook Program and they recently became the top ranked district in Arizona in 2013.

While Beyond Textbooks began as a Vail initiative, over the past five years it has evolved into a program that has created partnerships with 86 other diverse districts and charter schools.

Beyond Textbooks now reaches over 9,000 teachers and 100,000 students across Arizona, who have adopted it as a framework to increase student learning and achievement.

For more information, please contact Natalie Luna Rose at 520-904-0375 or lunarosen@vail.k12.az.us.