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2017 CLAS Schools of Distinctions and Banner Schools

State School Board District 1 Schools of Distinction

University Place Elementary School

Storybook STEM

School of Distinction AwardTuscaloosa City Schools

Principal, Ms. Nakelya Mullins

Superintendent, Dr. Mike Daria

University Place Elementary School’s Storybook STEM was designed to integrate 21st century skills and strengthen reading comprehension skills. Utilizing the engineering design process provided students with a unique road map to both a rigorous and relevant learning environment by identifying a problem, brainstorming a solution, developing a plan, building, testing, and improving a design to develop the best solution. Storybook STEM assisted students in making connections and master grade level standards in a variety of ways. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade participated in weekly STEM lessons that were directly tied to a piece of literature. They were given the opportunity to engage with texts in ways that were novel and hands-on, while practicing and improving critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning skills. Through these lessons, students were able to form stronger brain connections, which allowed for stronger and more permanent understanding. The program provided students with more exposure to a variety of genres, as well as increased time in text. Storybook STEM confirmed the research behind the relationship between student performance as it relates to both learning experiences and socioeconomic status as well as enhanced students' performance levels in finding meaning, vocabulary development, comprehension and application of new learning outside the classroom.

State School Board District 2 Schools of Distinction

University Place Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Storybook STEM

School of Distinction AwardTuscaloosa City Schools

Principal, Ms. Nakelya Mullins

Superintendent, Dr. Mike Daria

University Place Elementary School’s Storybook STEM was designed to integrate 21st century skills and strengthen reading comprehension skills. Utilizing the engineering design process provided students with a unique road map to both a rigorous and relevant learning environment by identifying a problem, brainstorming a solution, developing a plan, building, testing, and improving a design to develop the best solution. Storybook STEM assisted students in making connections and master grade level standards in a variety of ways. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade participated in weekly STEM lessons that were directly tied to a piece of literature. They were given the opportunity to engage with texts in ways that were novel and hands-on, while practicing and improving critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning skills. Through these lessons, students were able to form stronger brain connections, which allowed for stronger and more permanent understanding. The program provided students with more exposure to a variety of genres, as well as increased time in text. Storybook STEM confirmed the research behind the relationship between student performance as it relates to both learning experiences and socioeconomic status as well as enhanced students' performance levels in finding meaning, vocabulary development, comprehension and application of new learning outside the classroom.

State School Board District 3 Schools of Distinction

University Place Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Storybook STEM

School of Distinction AwardTuscaloosa City Schools

Principal, Ms. Nakelya Mullins

Superintendent, Dr. Mike Daria

University Place Elementary School’s Storybook STEM was designed to integrate 21st century skills and strengthen reading comprehension skills. Utilizing the engineering design process provided students with a unique road map to both a rigorous and relevant learning environment by identifying a problem, brainstorming a solution, developing a plan, building, testing, and improving a design to develop the best solution. Storybook STEM assisted students in making connections and master grade level standards in a variety of ways. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade participated in weekly STEM lessons that were directly tied to a piece of literature. They were given the opportunity to engage with texts in ways that were novel and hands-on, while practicing and improving critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning skills. Through these lessons, students were able to form stronger brain connections, which allowed for stronger and more permanent understanding. The program provided students with more exposure to a variety of genres, as well as increased time in text. Storybook STEM confirmed the research behind the relationship between student performance as it relates to both learning experiences and socioeconomic status as well as enhanced students' performance levels in finding meaning, vocabulary development, comprehension and application of new learning outside the classroom.

State School Board District 4 Schools of Distinction

University Place Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Storybook STEM

School of Distinction AwardTuscaloosa City Schools

Principal, Ms. Nakelya Mullins

Superintendent, Dr. Mike Daria

University Place Elementary School’s Storybook STEM was designed to integrate 21st century skills and strengthen reading comprehension skills. Utilizing the engineering design process provided students with a unique road map to both a rigorous and relevant learning environment by identifying a problem, brainstorming a solution, developing a plan, building, testing, and improving a design to develop the best solution. Storybook STEM assisted students in making connections and master grade level standards in a variety of ways. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade participated in weekly STEM lessons that were directly tied to a piece of literature. They were given the opportunity to engage with texts in ways that were novel and hands-on, while practicing and improving critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning skills. Through these lessons, students were able to form stronger brain connections, which allowed for stronger and more permanent understanding. The program provided students with more exposure to a variety of genres, as well as increased time in text. Storybook STEM confirmed the research behind the relationship between student performance as it relates to both learning experiences and socioeconomic status as well as enhanced students' performance levels in finding meaning, vocabulary development, comprehension and application of new learning outside the classroom.

State School Board District 5 Schools of Distinction

University Place Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Storybook STEM

School of Distinction AwardTuscaloosa City Schools

Principal, Ms. Nakelya Mullins

Superintendent, Dr. Mike Daria

University Place Elementary School’s Storybook STEM was designed to integrate 21st century skills and strengthen reading comprehension skills. Utilizing the engineering design process provided students with a unique road map to both a rigorous and relevant learning environment by identifying a problem, brainstorming a solution, developing a plan, building, testing, and improving a design to develop the best solution. Storybook STEM assisted students in making connections and master grade level standards in a variety of ways. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade participated in weekly STEM lessons that were directly tied to a piece of literature. They were given the opportunity to engage with texts in ways that were novel and hands-on, while practicing and improving critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning skills. Through these lessons, students were able to form stronger brain connections, which allowed for stronger and more permanent understanding. The program provided students with more exposure to a variety of genres, as well as increased time in text. Storybook STEM confirmed the research behind the relationship between student performance as it relates to both learning experiences and socioeconomic status as well as enhanced students' performance levels in finding meaning, vocabulary development, comprehension and application of new learning outside the classroom.

State School Board District 6 Schools of Distinction

University Place Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Storybook STEM

School of Distinction AwardTuscaloosa City Schools

Principal, Ms. Nakelya Mullins

Superintendent, Dr. Mike Daria

University Place Elementary School’s Storybook STEM was designed to integrate 21st century skills and strengthen reading comprehension skills. Utilizing the engineering design process provided students with a unique road map to both a rigorous and relevant learning environment by identifying a problem, brainstorming a solution, developing a plan, building, testing, and improving a design to develop the best solution. Storybook STEM assisted students in making connections and master grade level standards in a variety of ways. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade participated in weekly STEM lessons that were directly tied to a piece of literature. They were given the opportunity to engage with texts in ways that were novel and hands-on, while practicing and improving critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning skills. Through these lessons, students were able to form stronger brain connections, which allowed for stronger and more permanent understanding. The program provided students with more exposure to a variety of genres, as well as increased time in text. Storybook STEM confirmed the research behind the relationship between student performance as it relates to both learning experiences and socioeconomic status as well as enhanced students' performance levels in finding meaning, vocabulary development, comprehension and application of new learning outside the classroom.

State School Board District 7 Schools of Distinction

University Place Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Storybook STEM

School of Distinction AwardTuscaloosa City Schools

Principal, Ms. Nakelya Mullins

Superintendent, Dr. Mike Daria

University Place Elementary School’s Storybook STEM was designed to integrate 21st century skills and strengthen reading comprehension skills. Utilizing the engineering design process provided students with a unique road map to both a rigorous and relevant learning environment by identifying a problem, brainstorming a solution, developing a plan, building, testing, and improving a design to develop the best solution. Storybook STEM assisted students in making connections and master grade level standards in a variety of ways. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade participated in weekly STEM lessons that were directly tied to a piece of literature. They were given the opportunity to engage with texts in ways that were novel and hands-on, while practicing and improving critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning skills. Through these lessons, students were able to form stronger brain connections, which allowed for stronger and more permanent understanding. The program provided students with more exposure to a variety of genres, as well as increased time in text. Storybook STEM confirmed the research behind the relationship between student performance as it relates to both learning experiences and socioeconomic status as well as enhanced students' performance levels in finding meaning, vocabulary development, comprehension and application of new learning outside the classroom.

State School Board District 8 Schools of Distinction

University Place Elementary School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Storybook STEM

School of Distinction AwardTuscaloosa City Schools

Principal, Ms. Nakelya Mullins

Superintendent, Dr. Mike Daria

University Place Elementary School’s Storybook STEM was designed to integrate 21st century skills and strengthen reading comprehension skills. Utilizing the engineering design process provided students with a unique road map to both a rigorous and relevant learning environment by identifying a problem, brainstorming a solution, developing a plan, building, testing, and improving a design to develop the best solution. Storybook STEM assisted students in making connections and master grade level standards in a variety of ways. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade participated in weekly STEM lessons that were directly tied to a piece of literature. They were given the opportunity to engage with texts in ways that were novel and hands-on, while practicing and improving critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning skills. Through these lessons, students were able to form stronger brain connections, which allowed for stronger and more permanent understanding. The program provided students with more exposure to a variety of genres, as well as increased time in text. Storybook STEM confirmed the research behind the relationship between student performance as it relates to both learning experiences and socioeconomic status as well as enhanced students' performance levels in finding meaning, vocabulary development, comprehension and application of new learning outside the classroom.

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