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Posted January 10, 2018

Family School Professional Development

January 19 Informational Meeting

Family school training is now being offered for teachers who are interested in teaching at Desert Willow Family School or Coyote Willow Family School for the 2018-2019 school year  These schools’ half-day in-school instruction and half-day home-based education for students in kindergarten through eighth grade is growing enrollment and public demand for the program.

Desert Willow Family School is adjacent to McKinley Mid-School near Comanche and Monroe, while Coyote Willow is near Irving and Universe on the Westside.

Professional development is being offered for current APS teachers who might be interested in learning their innovative curricula and instructional strategies and prepare to work at either school. The training has been exceptionally successful and inspirational for those who have previously completed it. To replicate this program requires extensive teacher preparation for the unique curricula that encourages collaboration with parents and allows students to learn in multi-age, self-contained classrooms.

“During the 2015-16 school year, interested teachers were able to observe classes at Desert Willow a half-day each month, followed by a half-day of paid training one Saturday morning per month,” said Dr. Gael Keyes, principal of Desert Willow Family School.

A substitute teacher will be provided for teachers who participate in these half-day observations and a stipend will be provided when attending the half-day training. Only four teachers, (two per site) will be trained in preparation of the 2018-2019 school year.

Interested in joining the staff of the APS family schools, contact Keyes by e-mail at

Join the informational meeting will answer questions about the program on January 19, 3:45 p.m., Room 5, Desert Willow Family School, 3303 Monroe NE.

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