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HUSD's Coyote Springs Elementary wins 2015 Golden Bell Award

(Courtesy photo)

(Courtesy photo)

The Arizona School Boards Association named Coyote Springs Elementary School its 2015 Golden Bell Award winner for their 21st Century Learning model. The Golden Bell Award was handed out to Coyote Springs at the 2015 Annual Conference on Dec. 10, 2015. The Golden Bell Awards recognize school programs from throughout the state that have shown outstanding successes in student achievement. Coyote Springs Elementary School, in Humboldt Unified School District, has moved from the traditional, subject-based, teacher-led, stand-and-deliver instruction to skills-based, student-focused, project-based experiential learning.

The 21st Century Learning concept these Prescott Valley educators have implemented for the past four years builds on the standards by adapting curriculum and instruction, providing teacher training and creating positive, engaging learning environments where students develop skills valued by employers - critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity - to master key content and themes.

"The team at CSES has taken the critical step to prepare students for a rapidly changing world by identifying what the competencies are beyond content knowledge," said Dan Streeter, superintendent of Humboldt Unified School District.

Coyote Springs has been a 21st Century Learning School for the past four years.

"We wanted to develop a signature program in our school that would incorporate what Coyote Springs students already were, but then bring these other things that employers are looking for now and in the future," parent Poppy Keegan said. "We thought, well, we need to go beyond that to other venues and ideas so we started doing research on other programs and that's where we found 21st Century Education, which we thought could bring it all together and draw in all the students."

When local business leaders were asked about the skills their employees need now, a commonality existed amongst the importance for communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity, Keegan said.

Before the shift, students were learning in an isolated manner through "the classic stand and deliver instruction," Principal Candice Blakely-Stump said.

"Instead of making our learning authentic and real world, we were trying to make the real world come into our classroom, and it just didn't work," Blakely-Stump said.

"After identifying what would better prepare students, the community was brought in to help, and

we have created a lot of partnerships within our community with colleges, with businesses, even with churches to be able to support this work, because as we all know, it cannot be done in isolation," Blakely-Stump said. "It truly does take a village. When you bring the community in, then that enhances all that learning opportunity."

HUSD Kindergarten Fair and Education Expo set for Feb. 27

The Humboldt Unified School District will hold a Kindergarten Fair and Education Expo on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Entertainment District in Prescott Valley.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore all of the programs available in the Humboldt Unified School District. Representatives from all 10 schools will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

Parents will also be able to begin the registration process for free, full-day kindergarten at this time. For additional information, please contact the District Office at 928-759-4000.

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