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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A009682 Instructional Resource Center (2020-2021)
    Spring 2021 Recognition
    Congratulations to Instructional Resource Center academic coach Dr. Amy Spilde who won the Apple Achievement Award for 2021. Read her story here!
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A006759 Instructional Resource Center (2018-2019)
    Chandler Science Spectacular Booth
    Elisa Magee, Katie Moe, Michelle Moran, Renee Sweeden and Mitch Magee hosted an interactive booth at the second annual Chandler Science Spectacular Science Competition in Downtown Chandler on February 9, winning second place for the second year in a row! The booth featured "Nano Bugs" as sparks to inspire curiousity for children as they then designed a model of their own insect or animal-inspired robot. Included in the award, Chandler Unified will receive $500 and be recognized on April 8 at City of Chandler Council meeting. Chandler Science Spectacular website
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A006713 Instructional Resource Center (2018-2019)
    Behavior Specialist Kimberly Reed (Presenter) and Director of Student Services, Kymberly Marshall
    Kimberly Reed, behavior specialist at the Instructional Resource Center, was selected as a presenter at the Arizona State Conference for the Council for Exceptional Children on March 1. Her presentation explained Check-In, Check-Out (CICO), a Tier 2 behavior intervention. Participants of the session walked away with the ability to implement CICO with fidelity as well as modifying to meet the needs of their diverse student population while being able to collect quality data.
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A004508 Instructional Resource Center (2017-2018)
    Amy Spilde
    Congratulations to Amy Spilde of the Instructional Resource Center, one of nine CUSD teachers who recently earned their National Board Certification (NBC). The process was rigorous but worthwhile for these teachers. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A002921 Instructional Resource Center (2015-2016)

    Elisa Magee, Academic Coach at IRC, and Socorro Tapetillo, 2nd Grade ELD Teacher at Galveston Elementary, presented at the 2016 Arizona Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (AZ-TESOL) Central Regional Conference. Their presentation shared how they involved English Language Learner (ELL) students in developing dramatic scripts, playing with the English language, choosing parts to perform, and actively participating by losing their fear of speaking English in front of an audience.
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A002920 Instructional Resource Center (2015-2016)
    Joanie Judd
    Joanie Judd had the honor of being invited to deliver a TEDx talk on literacy! Joanie Judd is a passionate advocate for students, educators, and early childhood literacy. Presentation: "Minding the Gap," by Joanie Judd at TEDxChandlerPublicLibrary
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A002158 Instructional Resource Center (2014-2015)

    Leslie Hicks, instructional specialist at the IRC, was awarded the Arizona Health and Physical Education's highest award at the state convention in Phoenix. The purpose of the honor award is to recognize members whose service to the State Association has been exemplary, sustaining and far-reaching. Individuals are chosen on the basis of their record of service in leadership positions, contributions to their profession, and willingness to take on responsibilities to further the work of AzHPERD.
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000736 Instructional Resource Center (2012-2013)

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month. IRC Instructional Specialist Brenda Vallana, had an opportunity to meet Dr. Dan Olweus the founder of the Olweus bullying prevention program, at a summit on October 5. Brenda is also a certified trainer for the Olweus Bullying prevention program. She has provided training for several elementary and two junior high schools in CUSD in the Olweus Bullying Prevention program.
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000721 Instructional Resource Center (2012-2013)

    Chris Capadona will present at the National Council of Social Studies in Seattle, Washington, November 2012. National Council for the Social Studies - 2012 Conference
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000717 Instructional Resource Center (2012-2013)

    Chris Capadona -- elected to the board of the Arizona Council of History Education (a NCHE Affiliate) -- July 2012 - July 2014. Arizona History Council
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000670 Instructional Resource Center (2012-2013)

    Andria Disney and Melissa Hosten published an article, Comfortable Construction, in the September issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School - September 2012. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (link to Article Preview on JSTOR)
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000671 Instructional Resource Center (2012-2013)

    Andria Disney was a speaker at the Arizona Association of Mathematics Teachers - September 22, 2012.
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000672 Instructional Resource Center (2012-2013)

    Melissa Hosten presented at the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics - September 22, 2012.
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000673 Instructional Resource Center (2012-2013)

    Andria Disney and Melissa Hosten were featured presenters for the Common Core Strand at the NCTM regional conference in Dallas, TX, October 11-13, 2012. NCTM October 2012 Conference, Dallas, Texas
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000674 Instructional Resource Center (2012-2013)

    Melissa Hosten is a representative for Arizona to the PARCC Educator Leadership Cadre - 2012-2014. Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers - Educator Leader Cadres
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000676 Instructional Resource Center (2012-2013)

    Melissa Hosten - a presenter for the TODOS Equity Strand at the Greater San Diego Mathematics Council Regional Conference, February 2013. TODOS: Mathematics for All
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000677 Instructional Resource Center (2012-2013)

    Andria Disney - Presenter at NCTM national conference, April 2013 NCTM 2012 National Conference - Dallas, Texas
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000678 Instructional Resource Center (2012-2013)

    Melissa Hosten - Presenter at NCTM's National Conference 2013 for the Equity Strand, April 2013. NCTM Conferences
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000735 Instructional Resource Center (2011-2012)

    Melissa Hosten was a presenter for the TODOS Equity Strand at the Greater San Diego Mathematics Council Regional Conference in February.
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000718 Instructional Resource Center (2011-2012)

    Chris Capadona -- chair of the education subcommittee for the Chandler Centennial Steering Committee.
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000719 Instructional Resource Center (2011-2012)

    Chris Capadona participated in the Arizona Department of Education Teaching Diversity in American History Committee. Arizona Department of Education - Diversity in America: Lesson Plans
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000720 Instructional Resource Center (2011-2012)

    Chris Capadona's lesson plan Cotton in Chandler during World War I was selected to be showcased at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. National World War I Museum - Educational Resources
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000675 Instructional Resource Center (2011-2012)

    Melissa Hosten was elected President-Elect of Women and Mathematics Education (an NCTM National Affiliate) - April 2011 - April 2014. eSchool News Press Release: NCTM Equity Affiliates Coalition on CCSS
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    Visit Instructional Resource Center Website Report a Problem with Item A000608 Instructional Resource Center (2011-2012)

    Jennifer Gutierrez, IRC specialist, selected by Achieve to represent Arizona, one of 26 lead states, to serve on the national writing team for the Next Generation Science Standards. Achieve - Next Generation Science Standards
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