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Laying the Foundation

Problem Solving

A vital skill for students that prepares them to face increasingly complex academic and interpersonal issues.

Problem solving teaches discernment and helps students distinguish what is a solvable problem. Problem solving develops grit and builds confidence. Problem solving skills prepare students for future careers and life experiences.


Literacy is a pillar of all learning,

and is the single most important predictor of success in school.

Literacy is the ability to communicate via reading, writing, speaking, listening and the ability to understand and use numerals.
The ability to read and write are the most essential skills students need to communicate.

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students at whiteboard


The incorporation of educational technology will prepare our students for an ever-changing global society.

The use of technology should not simply replace pencil/paper, but enhance the learning activity in a way that pencil/paper could not. Technology improves student outcomes and enhances the learning experience, when used strategically. Technology fosters collaboration by allowing students to work together on the same topic from different locations throughout the school, district, state, and country.


Connecting with students during the content

requires the intentional incorporation of activities or actions done throughout the lesson to build relationships and connections between teacher, student, and content. Cultivating relationships fosters a safe and engaging learning environment. Connecting with students is a form of social and emotional learning that will create and enhance a classroom/school community.

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Students and teacher in lab, wearing safety goggles
ASD Principles of Instruction



Collaboration – teamwork designed to achieve a desired goal
Communication – the successful conveying of ideas or feelings
Creativity – the ability to transcend traditional ideas to create meaningful new ideas
Critical Thinking – actively applying and synthesizing, information gathered as a guide to belief and action.
Engagement – interest, passionate and investment in learning, displayed by students writing, speaking, and/or visibility completing a task.


Fundamental, high leverage (high yield/effect size) methods of lesson delivery used daily to yield positive student outcomes


Methods/practices that support the implementation of the Appo Principles of Instruction

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Student stirring cooking pot
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Dr. John Tanner

Mondaria Galloway

Andrea Brown

Dr. Susan Flores

Dr. Devon Jacob

Alison Phillips

Sherrie Sudler

James Weeks

Corey White


The ASD Principles of Instruction allow for a common language and clarity for teachers to plan strong, research based instruction. The alignment of principles across the schools allows for student and teacher clarity. These researched best practices exemplify critical components to be included in effective instruction to support teacher planning and student learning.