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Arizona's Vail Unified School District is awarded the 2011 Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology

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April 26, 2011

Contact:    Marlene Nesary, ISTE, (541) 302-3789,
Therese Mageau, T.H.E. Journal, (347) 632-1273, , 
Pat Walsh, Vox, (541) 302-6620,

Arizona’s Vail Unified School District is awarded the 2011 Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) and T.H.E. Journal recognize Vail Unified School District, of Vail, Ariz., as the winner of the eighth annual Sylvia Charp District Award, which honors districts that exhibit effectiveness and innovation through the application of technology.

Vail Unified’s award winning initiative, Beyond Textbooks, is a tool that helps educators plan, teach, and share. Beyond Textbooks combines technology and collaboration with a goal of excellence in academic performance. Since implementing the program, Vail Unified has been recognized as one of the top performing school districts in Arizona and a model for other districts. More than 25 Arizona school districts have implemented Beyond Textbooks in recent years, bringing educators new access to professional development opportunities, digital curriculum, and collaboration with peers.

The Sylvia Charp Award was created to honor Dr. Sylvia Charp, founder and previous editor-in-chief of T.H.E. Journal and lifelong ISTE supporter, for her groundbreaking contributions and support of the education technology community. The award focuses on innovation and district-wide implementation. Vail Unified School District will be recognized in Philadelphia at ISTE’s annual conference,ISTE 2011, and will receive complimentary travel accommodations and registration for two representatives. Assistant Superintendent Debbie Hedgepeth and Director of Beyond Textbooks Kevin Carney are slated to receive the Charp award for their district in Philadelphia.

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE ®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition and the widely-adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide.

About T.H.E. Journal

T.H.E. Journal is dedicated to informing and educating K-12 administrators, technologists and educators to improve and advance the learning process through the use of technology. T.H.E. Journal has a magazine, online resources, and blank that delivers news, trends, features, case studies and expert advice on vital topics, policy and advocacy, plus much more. For more information, visit

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