At Canyons School District we exist as allies to relentlessly learn, innovate, and sustain the pursuit of equity in education. Some of our guiding principles are that:
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The committee meets 6x per year: September, October, January, February, April, and May. If you submit your application before the first of the month, the book will be reviewed at the next meeting. If the committee decides the book needs further review, they may take an additional meeting to determine approval status. You will receive emails letting you know the status of your application throughout the process.
Below are some of the books we have studied in the past as a district or that we recommend and reference. Please contact Scott or Lesli to see if we have any additional copies that we can give you.
Burke, Jim. The 6 Academic Writing Assignments: Designing the User’s Journey. Heinemann, 2019.
Dean, Deborah. What Works in Writing Instruction: Research and Practice. 2nd Edition. NCTE, 2021.
Early, Jessica Singer. Next Generation Genres: Teaching Writing for Civic and Academic Engagement. Norton Professional Books, 2023.
Fisher, Douglas and Nancy Frey. Text-Dependent Questions: Pathways to Close and Critical Reading, Grades 6-12. Corwin Literacy, 2015.
Fisher, Douglas, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie. Visible Learning for Literacy: Implementing the Practices That Work Best to Accelerate Student Learning, Grades K-12. Corwin Literacy, 2016.
Gallagher, Kelly, and Penny Kittle. 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents. Heinemann, 2018.
Kittle, Penny. Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing. Heinemann, 2008.
If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added: “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!
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