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Vail to host National School Board Association technology site visit


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  • Natalie Luna Rose/Vail Unified School District

Empire High School

Over 70 school board members and educators from the National School Board Association (NSBA) will visit Vail this week, February 27 and 28, to take a look at the practices of Vail’s technological successes.

Vail has always been aggressive in the use of technology and has a history of taking risks. The district started providing Wi-Fi at all schools, in 2001. Then in 2005, Empire High School opened as the first “one-to-one” laptop, textbook-free, comprehensive public high school in the nation.

Vail to host National School Board Association technology site visit EmpireHighSchoolHP

Over 70 school board members and educators from the National School Board Association (NSBA) will visit Vail this week, February 27 and 28, to take a look at the practices of Vail’s technological successes. Photo courtesy Vail Unified School District

Vail then initiated the “Bring Your Own Device” in 2009 that allows students to bring their own computers to school, allowed Wi-Fi on school buses starting in 2010 and K-5 students use of iPod touches in the classroom, starting in 2011.

The District has also digitized its highly successful “instructional playbook” with Beyond Textbooks, a program being used by 86 school districts and charter schools across the entire state of Arizona.  These practices have sparked the interest of the NSBA, as well as educators from across the country.

During the two days, participants will tour Empire High School, Vail’s first “1 to 1” high school, Acacia Elementary and Esmond Station Schools, for a session on K-5 technology, Vail’s Blended Learning program, Vail Academy and High School, Vail Digital Learning program, and Andrada Polytechnic High School, which requires students to choose one of three Career and Technical Education (CTE) “majors:” Bioscience, Transportation, or Health Services.

For more information on the NSBA visit, please contact Natalie Luna Rose at (520) 879-2012 or lunarosen@vail.k12.az.us.