The JASON Experience for Districts

Engage your community, students, and parents in scientific thinking

and activity through JASON Learning

The jobs of the future will require STEM literacy and skills. Students will need to learn how to become “scientific thinkers” in order to thrive in the new economy. Will your community be ready?

Superintendents are responsible for preparing their community for a jobs-driven economy that will be fueled by STEM careers. Success in science learning requires a holistic approach—students must be supported by their entire community in order to value scientific literacy and achieve at high levels. This can only happen when there is cultural alignment and support for STEM. JASON provides districts with a proven solution for connecting classroom learning with community communication and engagement, making this alignment possible—and effective!

How does JASON build a community of scientific thinkers?

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Join these pioneering district leaders who are making an impact

in STEM education in their communities

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Matt Montgomery

Revere, Ohio

The Revere Local School District is located between Bath and Richfield Village, Ohio. The District is broken up into four schools, Revere High School, Revere Middle School, Bath Elementary School, and Hillcrest Elementary School.The district was formed in the early 1950s after the communities of Bath and Richfield voted to combine their two smaller school systems. The consolidation was approved and the new district was named the Revere Local School District.

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Dr. Elie Bracy III

Portsmouth, Virginia

Portsmouth Public Schools mission is to engage all students in learning that will foster academic excellence and responsible citizenship.

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Dr. HD Chambers

Alief, Texas

Alief ISD was founded in 1917 and is located in southwest Houston, an urban community with thriving businesses, active churches, and a variety of recreational facilities. An exemplary education is provided for students in prekindergarten through grade twelve. The district offers a wide range of educational opportunities in academics, the arts, and career and technology education. Special education, gifted/talented, English as a second language (ESL), and an English-Spanish bilingual program are among the support strands available. Alief is the most ethnically diverse of school districts of comparable size in Texas. Virtually every culture of the modern world is represented in its 47,000 student enrollment; more than 80 languages and dialects are spoken. Guest speakers, culture clubs, and ethnic fairs help promote multicultural appreciation.

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Janelle James

Southwest Schools, Houston, Texas

Southwest Schools is a choice-based Texas education district, opened in 1999, with an understanding that true learning is not based on standardized testing or college entrance, but on offering a fulfilling educational experience that can be adjusted for each student.
This charter district contains elementary schools, sober day programs, residential programs and a combined middle and high school, accommodating students through the entire life cycle of their education and personal circumstances.

Small school sizes foster an intimate and positive culture. Communication channels are open in all directions, ensuring that students, parents, faculty and staff each have a voice. Faculty and staff develop programs that cater to each individual student’s needs.

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Edward T. Toman

Wetzel County Schools, West Virginia

Wetzel County Schools strives to create productive citizens and collaborative communicators that are prepared for college and career success, and supports and promotes engaging, standards-based personalized learning.

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Dr. Paul E. Blanford

The School District of Elmwood, Wisconsin

The School District of Elmwood is located in Elmwood, Wisconsin, about 60 miles east of the Twin Cities’ metro area in rural northwestern Wisconsin. The village of Elmwood is nestled among wooded hills within the beautiful Eau Galle River Valley. The school district consists of one 4K-12 building that serves 325 students, with two administrators, 27 teachers, 20 support staff, and an average class size of 24 students. The school district is sub-divided into three schools: Elmwood Elementary School, Elmwood Middle School, and Elmwood High School. All three schools are located under the same roof.

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Dr. Gwendolyn P. Shannon

Southampton County Public Schools, Virginia

In June of 2016, the Southampton County School Board named Dr. Gwendolyn Page Shannon as Superintendent for Southampton County Public School Division. Prior to her move to Virginia, Dr. Shannon served for 12 years as an administrator in the East Jasper School District in Mississippi, with the last two years in the role of Superintendent. In her first year as Superintendent of Southampton County Public Schools, Dr. Shannon and her team focused on five goals (1) increasing student achievement, (2) ensuring a safe and healthy school culture and climate, (3) improving employee retention and professional training, (4) enhancing community and parental partnerships, and (5) continued capital improvements and acquiring more resources.

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Mr. Adam Cheeseman

Doddridge County Schools, West Virginia

Doddridge County School’s Mission Statement “Now is the Time: United to make a difference” announces the district’s goal of uniting administration, teachers, students, families and the larger community to make a difference in our students’ lives and our community’s future. Doddridge County is experiencing a boom in oil and gas development and the district is taking steps to ensure that economic benefits are translated into long term educational opportunities by upgrading facilities and enhancing student learning.

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Dr. Warletta Brookins

Madison Community Unified School District, Madison, Illinois

Madison Community Unit School District #12 is a Blue Ribbon School District Under Construction. The School Board has adopted a goal of becoming a Blue Ribbon School District by 2021 through the implementation of the Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship Framework. The School District is located in Madison IL, a community of approximately 5600 residents located 6 miles east of downtown St. Louis, MO. The district is comprised of 800 students in grades PreKindergarten-12th in four schools on three campuses. Under the Leadership of Dr. Warletta Brookins, who took the helm July 1, 2016, the district has also implemented numerous programs including the community schools concept, advanced placement, dual credit, and even brought high school football back this year after 29 years. Students have also demonstrated strong academic growth in the last year as measured by District Assessments.

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Dr. Shalene French

Caldwell School District, Caldwell, Idaho

In the Caldwell School District, students are the focus of our work. It is evident in each decision we make. From adopting curriculum resources and providing online learning options to offering meaningful professional development and improving plant facilities, each conversation is driven by our commitment to doing what is best for our children. We will continue to focus on high-quality instruction and researched-based practices because we believe that excellent instruction is vital and critical for students to make at least a year’s worth of academic growth and provide catch-up growth for students who are not yet at grade level proficiency.
Our goal is to prepare our children, our students, for their future.

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Karen Tarasevich

West Warwick Public Schools, Rhode Island

The West Warwick Public School Department is located in West Warwick, Rhode Island. WWPS is an urban-ring community centrally located in the state. The district consists of six schools: three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one school which supports our alternative learning programs for middle school and high school. There are approximately 3,700 students, 350 teachers, 165 support staff, and 16 administrators. Our commitment to developing innovative and viable curricula, career pathways creation, and technology integration has been the focus of our district goals for the past several years.

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Michael Watkins

Santa Cruz, California

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a public agency charged with providing educational leadership, resources, and services to schools to ensure quality educational opportunities for all students. This mission is accomplished through partnerships with teachers, school districts, nonprofits, parents, businesses and other governmental agencies.

Direct instructional programs are offered through special education, alternative education, and regional occupational programs. District services are provided in the areas of professional development and fiscal services. The SCCOE is also responsible for coordination of local services with the California Department of Education.

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Dr. Judy Paolucci

Smithfield Public Schools, Rhode Island

Smithfield Public Schools serves about 2400 students in grades PK-12. Located in a predominantly suburban community Northwest of Providence, each of the district’s six schools provides an adaptive and challenging learning environment that cultivates integrity, responsibility, and a sustained passion for continued learning. While state test results for Smithfield schools are consistently well above the state average, our goal is to provide students with much more than basic skills; new high school career pathways, one-to-one access to technology, strong arts and athletic programs, and academic and social-emotional supports ensure that each child reaches their individual goals in a safe and caring environment.

Dr. Elisabeth Davis

Dr. Elisabeth Davis

Eufaula City Schools, Alabama

Established in 1872, Eufaula City Schools is the oldest city school district in Alabama and is the heartbeat of this beautiful southeast Alabama city. Eufaula City Schools is a progressive district providing many academic, enrichment, and technical opportunities for students and teachers while maintaining the values and traditions of the best in public schools. We are comprised of a Pre-K program, a grades kindergarten through 2 primary school, a grades 3 through 5 elementary school, a grades 6 through 8 middle school, and a grades 9 through 12 high school. Eufaula, Alabama, is located on beautiful Lake Eufaula which covers 46,000 acres with 640 miles of shoreline. Eufaula is 84 miles from Montgomery, Alabama; 47 miles from Columbus, Georgia; 155 miles from Atlanta, Georgia; and 140 miles from Panama City Beach, Florida.

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Dr. Brian Schmitt

Genesee Valley Central School District, New York

Genesee Valley Central School District is the steward our our region’s future. Our staff and leadership whom guide the Jaguars embrace the district’s mission, perceive its vision and recognize the challenges we meet to position the district as a leader among rural educational centers. The Genesee Valley CSD covers 117.63 square miles of rural terrain in the Southwest corner of New York State. Not only does the district, under the direction of state and federal mandates, embrace its responsibility to provide the academic structure required to its enrollees, it is open to receive the adults, seniors and preschoolers who round out our community. We seek to engage everyone in activities that support Genesee Valley Central Schools’ goal to provide experiences for lifelong learning.

	
Matt Montgomery
Revere, Ohio
The Revere Local School District is located between Bath and Richfield Village, Ohio. The District is broken up into four schools, Revere High School, Revere Middle School, Bath Elementary School, and Hillcrest Elementary School.The district was formed in the early 1950s after the communities of Bath and Richfield voted to combine their two smaller school systems. The consolidation was approved and the new district was named the Revere Local School District.

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Aldine ISD, Texas

Sponsored by Chevron
Located approximately 15 miles north of downtown Houston, the Aldine Independent School District covers 111 square miles in North Harris County, with approximately 9,650 employees (4,700 of whom are teachers) who serve more than 68,000 students. One of the 11 largest school districts in Texas, Aldine ISD is a multi-ethnic district that reflects the diversity of the Houston area. The district includes a variety of communities, from rural, to suburban, to commercial and industrial. Aldine ISD is home to 77 campuses: one Even Start center, eight Early Childhood/Pre-Kindergarten Centers, 34 elementary schools (grades K-4), 11 intermediate schools (grades 5-6), 10 middle schools (grades 7-8), five Ninth Grade Schools, five traditional high schools (grades 10-12), one Magnet high school, one night high school, one early college high school, one alternative education center and one dropout prevention center. In November, 2015, voters in Aldine approved a $798 million bond referendum to build six new schools, which included a Career and Technical Education High School, an early college high school on the district’s east side and addressed growth issues at the Pre-K-8-grade levels by implementing grade reconfiguration at those levels. All new campuses will open in the fall of 2018.

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Dr. Mark Henry

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Texas

Sponsored by Chevron
Founded in 1941, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD sits on 186 square miles in largely unincorporated northwest Harris County. The third-largest district in the state and largest suburban district surpassed an enrollment of 116,000 in 2017-2018. CFISD provides Opportunity for All through rigorous academics, decorated fine arts and athletics programs and diverse career and technical education (CTE) curriculum. A $1.2 billion bond package that passed in 2014 has allowed the district to renovate, safeguard and plan future growth for its 91 campuses and state-of-the-art support facilities. The nonpartisan Education Resource Group has ranked CFISD in its top 5 among the 200 largest Texas school district for academic and financial performance for five consecutive years. A thriving partnership with its local community college, Lone Star College—CyFair, enabled students to earn more than 31,000 college credit hours in 2016-2017. CFISD and LSC-CyFair are piloting a College Academy at Cypress Lakes High School that will allow students to earn an associate’s degree by the time they graduate high school. A record number of 7,951 graduates walked the stage in the Class of 2017. CFISD’s diversity reflects the greater Houston and Texas demographics, while students speak 100 different languages and dialects.

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Charles E. Dupre

Fort Bend ISD, Texas

Sponsored by Chevron
Fort Bend ISD, located in Fort Bend County, Texas, is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and is located in the Houston metro area. FBISD is Texas’ seventh largest district with approximately 75,000 students and is one of the most diverse in the nation. Working and learning cohesively alongside families who speak more than 90 languages and dialects, schools work with students, families and the community to address each student’s unique needs. The Profile of a Graduate supports the District’s Mission, Vision and Core Beliefs and Commitments; and by defining the qualities graduates should possess, Fort Bend ISD is more able to effectively inspire and equip students. FBISD currently has 78 campuses: 11 high schools, 14 middle schools, 50 elementary campuses and three unique secondary campuses to address the academic and vocational interests of students. With more than 10,000 full-time employees and substitutes, the District is the largest employer in Fort Bend County. This award-winning district attracts families to the area because of the high quality of education, programing and resources available to students and their families. FBISD is committed to its mission to inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine.

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Dr. Bret Champion

Klein ISD, Texas

Sponsored by Chevron
In Klein ISD, EVERY student enters with a PROMISE and exits with a PURPOSE. We achieve this vision by focusing on Pathways, Challenge, Equity, Leadership, and Continuous Improvement. Klein ISD, located in far northwest Harris County, encompasses 87.5 square miles and is adjacent to the corporate limits of Houston nestling the district as a suburb of the fourth largest US city. Approximately 231,000 persons reside within the school district boundary, which was initially settled in 1849 by German immigrants. Most schools are named after the early settlers and the Klein, TX Historical Foundation maintains a farm/museum to assist in the preservation of the Klein community. Klein has give high schools, nine intermediate schools, 31 elementary schools, one early childhood/pre-kindergarten school, one high school of choice, and two specialized campuses. Considered a fast-growth district, each year hundreds of families choose to live in Klein because they appreciate its exceptional staff, excellent facilities, outstanding academics, exceptional sports and fine arts programs, active volunteer programs, and emphasis on student safety.

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Dr. Rodney Watson

Spring ISD, Texas

Sponsored by Chevron
Spring Independent School District serves over 36,000 prekindergarten through 12th-grade students at 38 campuses, in a diverse community a half-hour’s drive north of downtown Houston. Guided by its strategic plan, Every Child 2020, the district supports the growth and development of all students, motivated by the belief that every learner can succeed in Spring. A strong focus on literacy for all and an expansion of early childhood programs are both part of the district’s commitment to college and career readiness. Career and Technical Education is integrated across all grade levels, with sequences in more than 40 career pathways currently available. In addition, Spring ISD’s strong performing and visual arts, athletics and JROTC programs are recognized both regionally and nationally. In November 2016, local voters approved a $330 million bond referendum that is now helping address a number of long-awaited facility, technology, safety and security needs across the district. Spring ISD’s rich history and engaged local community, together with its dedicated leadership and solid vision, are helping to shape the future of the district as it prepares graduates to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens – ready to contribute, compete, and lead in today’s global society.

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Dr. Paul Cruz

Austin ISD, Texas

Sponsored by Dell
The Austin Independent School District is the heart of public education in Austin, Texas—a city of ideas and innovation that tops the nation’s rankings of the best communities in which to work and live. Austin ISD educates approximately 83,000 students and embraces 130 diverse school communities in one of the fastest-growing, ever-changing metroplexes in the country. In partnership with parents and our community, AISD’s mission is to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high quality, challenging, and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. We partner with world-class universities, innovative businesses and nonprofit organizations and engaged community leaders to prepare our students for college, career and life. As a district, AISD seeks to reinvent the urban school experience by preparing all students to graduate ready for college, career and life. We will continue to work toward an organizational culture that values each employee and provides excellent customer service to our students and families. We realize there are many educational choices for families today and it is our goal that Austin families make AISD their No. 1 choice.

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Dr. Kelly Crook

Del Valle ISD, Texas

Sponsored by Dell
Del Valle ISD is located in Southeast Travis County, and the district serves over 11,000 students on 15 campuses encompassing Austin, Creedmoor, Elroy, Garfield, Hornsby Bend, Mustang Ridge, Pilot Knob, and Webberville. Del Valle ISD is a growing community and the district is committed to the mission of empowering and inspiring our students to be world-class visionaries who navigate challenges and think critically as valued, productive contributors and socially responsible leaders in a diverse, global society through: a commitment to our beliefs, innovative practice and the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders. The district continues to do “Whatever It Takes” for students by providing exceptional educational opportunities in academics, fine arts, career & technical education and extra-curricular activities. In an effort to maintain a standard of excellence, the district has also added state of-the-art facilities to meet the diverse needs of students in Del Valle ISD.

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Dr. Fred Brent

Georgetown ISD, Texas

Sponsored by Dell
Georgetown Independent School District serves students in Georgetown, Texas, a fast-growing, close-knit community north of Austin. Founded in 1917, the district now serves more than 11,500 students at three high schools, four middle schools, nine elementary schools and two alternative campuses. GISD is home of the most inspired students, served by the most empowered leaders. Every day, their mission is to inspire and empower every learner to lead, grow and serve.

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Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte

Brewster Central School District, New York

Sponsored by NYSIR
The Brewster Central School District is located in Putnam County in New York State. This exurban community of 18,000 residents values its natural beauty and rich history, while priding itself on preparing children to succeed in an ever changing global society. Our diverse campus of 3,062 students consists of one elementary, one three-five intermediate school, one middle school and one high school. We are deeply committed to educational excellence and the success of every student.

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This special offering includes the full package of JASON Learning’s curriculum resources, teacher professional development, and community engagement programs. It was created in partnership with AASA and is based on recommendations from the STEM Leadership Consortia chaired by Matt Montgomery, Superintendent of Revere Schools, H.D. Chambers, Superintendents of Alief ISD, Brenda Arteaga, Superintendent of Southwest Schools, Eleanor Smalley, JASON Learning’s President and CEO, and Mort Sherman, AASA’s Associate Executive Director.

Please contact us for more information about how you can bring “The JASON Experience” to your school district and community or simply fill out the application form below:

Dr. Eleanor Smalley, JASON Learning
esmalley@jason.org | 703-581-4472

Dr. Bernadine Futrell, AASA
bfutrell@aasa.org | 703-875-0717

Apply for the AASA-JASON STEM Leadership Consortium

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