The JASON Experience for Districts

Engage your community, students, and parents in scientific thinking

and activity through JASON Learning

The jobs of the future will require STEM literacy and skills. Students will need to learn how to become “scientific thinkers” in order to thrive in the new economy. Will your community be ready?

Superintendents are responsible for preparing their community for a jobs-driven economy that will be fueled by STEM careers. Success in science learning requires a holistic approach—students must be supported by their entire community in order to value scientific literacy and achieve at high levels. This can only happen when there is cultural alignment and support for STEM. JASON provides districts with a proven solution for connecting classroom learning with community communication and engagement, making this alignment possible—and effective!

How does JASON build a community of scientific thinkers?

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Join these pioneering district leaders who are making an impact

in STEM education in their communities

Matt Montgomery

Matt Montgomery

Revere, Ohio

The Revere Local School District is located between Bath and Richfield Village, Ohio. The District is broken up into four schools, Revere High School, Revere Middle School, Bath Elementary School, and Hillcrest Elementary School.The district was formed in the early 1950s after the communities of Bath and Richfield voted to combine their two smaller school systems. The consolidation was approved and the new district was named the Revere Local School District.


Dr. Elie Bracy III

Portsmouth, Virginia

Portsmouth Public Schools mission is to engage all students in learning that will foster academic excellence and responsible citizenship.


Dr. HD Chambers

Alief, Texas

Alief ISD was founded in 1917 and is located in southwest Houston, an urban community with thriving businesses, active churches, and a variety of recreational facilities. An exemplary education is provided for students in prekindergarten through grade twelve. The district offers a wide range of educational opportunities in academics, the arts, and career and technology education. Special education, gifted/talented, English as a second language (ESL), and an English-Spanish bilingual program are among the support strands available. Alief is the most ethnically diverse of school districts of comparable size in Texas. Virtually every culture of the modern world is represented in its 47,000 student enrollment; more than 80 languages and dialects are spoken. Guest speakers, culture clubs, and ethnic fairs help promote multicultural appreciation.


Janelle James

Southwest Schools, Houston, Texas

Southwest Schools is a choice-based Texas education district, opened in 1999, with an understanding that true learning is not based on standardized testing or college entrance, but on offering a fulfilling educational experience that can be adjusted for each student.
This charter district contains elementary schools, sober day programs, residential programs and a combined middle and high school, accommodating students through the entire life cycle of their education and personal circumstances.

Small school sizes foster an intimate and positive culture. Communication channels are open in all directions, ensuring that students, parents, faculty and staff each have a voice. Faculty and staff develop programs that cater to each individual student’s needs.


Edward T. Toman

Wetzel County Schools, West Virginia

Wetzel County Schools strives to create productive citizens and collaborative communicators that are prepared for college and career success, and supports and promotes engaging, standards-based personalized learning.

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Dr. Paul E. Blanford

The School District of Elmwood, Wisconsin

The School District of Elmwood is located in Elmwood, Wisconsin, about 60 miles east of the Twin Cities’ metro area in rural northwestern Wisconsin. The village of Elmwood is nestled among wooded hills within the beautiful Eau Galle River Valley. The school district consists of one 4K-12 building that serves 325 students, with two administrators, 27 teachers, 20 support staff, and an average class size of 24 students. The school district is sub-divided into three schools: Elmwood Elementary School, Elmwood Middle School, and Elmwood High School. All three schools are located under the same roof.


Dr. Gwendolyn P. Shannon

Southampton County Public Schools, Virginia

In June of 2016, the Southampton County School Board named Dr. Gwendolyn Page Shannon as Superintendent for Southampton County Public School Division. Prior to her move to Virginia, Dr. Shannon served for 12 years as an administrator in the East Jasper School District in Mississippi, with the last two years in the role of Superintendent. In her first year as Superintendent of Southampton County Public Schools, Dr. Shannon and her team focused on five goals (1) increasing student achievement, (2) ensuring a safe and healthy school culture and climate, (3) improving employee retention and professional training, (4) enhancing community and parental partnerships, and (5) continued capital improvements and acquiring more resources.

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Mr. Adam Cheeseman

Doddridge County Schools, West Virginia

Doddridge County School’s Mission Statement “Now is the Time: United to make a difference” announces the district’s goal of uniting administration, teachers, students, families and the larger community to make a difference in our students’ lives and our community’s future. Doddridge County is experiencing a boom in oil and gas development and the district is taking steps to ensure that economic benefits are translated into long term educational opportunities by upgrading facilities and enhancing student learning.

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Dr. Warletta Brookins

Madison Community Unified School District, Madison, Illinois

Madison Community Unit School District #12 is a Blue Ribbon School District Under Construction. The School Board has adopted a goal of becoming a Blue Ribbon School District by 2021 through the implementation of the Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship Framework. The School District is located in Madison IL, a community of approximately 5600 residents located 6 miles east of downtown St. Louis, MO. The district is comprised of 800 students in grades PreKindergarten-12th in four schools on three campuses. Under the Leadership of Dr. Warletta Brookins, who took the helm July 1, 2016, the district has also implemented numerous programs including the community schools concept, advanced placement, dual credit, and even brought high school football back this year after 29 years. Students have also demonstrated strong academic growth in the last year as measured by District Assessments.

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Dr. Shalene French

Caldwell School District, Caldwell, Idaho

In the Caldwell School District, students are the focus of our work. It is evident in each decision we make. From adopting curriculum resources and providing online learning options to offering meaningful professional development and improving plant facilities, each conversation is driven by our commitment to doing what is best for our children. We will continue to focus on high-quality instruction and researched-based practices because we believe that excellent instruction is vital and critical for students to make at least a year’s worth of academic growth and provide catch-up growth for students who are not yet at grade level proficiency.
Our goal is to prepare our children, our students, for their future.

Karen Tarasevich

Karen Tarasevich

West Warwick Public Schools, Rhode Island

The West Warwick Public School Department is located in West Warwick, Rhode Island. WWPS is an urban-ring community centrally located in the state. The district consists of six schools: three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one school which supports our alternative learning programs for middle school and high school. There are approximately 3,700 students, 350 teachers, 165 support staff, and 16 administrators. Our commitment to developing innovative and viable curricula, career pathways creation, and technology integration has been the focus of our district goals for the past several years.


Dr. Matthew Eberhardt

Madison County, Virginia

Madison County Public Schools (MCPS), a student-centered and community-supported school division, insures a superior education in a changing world. Their vision is to build on excellence to exceed community expectations…to be the best. Madison’s excellent schools focus on traditional methods and progressive programs in a never-ending cycle of improvement.

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Michael Watkins

Santa Cruz, California

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a public agency charged with providing educational leadership, resources, and services to schools to ensure quality educational opportunities for all students. This mission is accomplished through partnerships with teachers, school districts, nonprofits, parents, businesses and other governmental agencies.

Direct instructional programs are offered through special education, alternative education, and regional occupational programs. District services are provided in the areas of professional development and fiscal services. The SCCOE is also responsible for coordination of local services with the California Department of Education.

Dr. Judy Paolucci

Dr. Judy Paolucci

Smithfield Public Schools, Rhode Island

Smithfield Public Schools serves about 2400 students in grades PK-12. Located in a predominantly suburban community Northwest of Providence, each of the district’s six schools provides an adaptive and challenging learning environment that cultivates integrity, responsibility, and a sustained passion for continued learning. While state test results for Smithfield schools are consistently well above the state average, our goal is to provide students with much more than basic skills; new high school career pathways, one-to-one access to technology, strong arts and athletic programs, and academic and social-emotional supports ensure that each child reaches their individual goals in a safe and caring environment.

Dr. Elisabeth Davis

Dr. Elisabeth Davis

Eufaula City Schools, Alabama

Established in 1872, Eufaula City Schools is the oldest city school district in Alabama and is the heartbeat of this beautiful southeast Alabama city. Eufaula City Schools is a progressive district providing many academic, enrichment, and technical opportunities for students and teachers while maintaining the values and traditions of the best in public schools. We are comprised of a Pre-K program, a grades kindergarten through 2 primary school, a grades 3 through 5 elementary school, a grades 6 through 8 middle school, and a grades 9 through 12 high school. Eufaula, Alabama, is located on beautiful Lake Eufaula which covers 46,000 acres with 640 miles of shoreline. Eufaula is 84 miles from Montgomery, Alabama; 47 miles from Columbus, Georgia; 155 miles from Atlanta, Georgia; and 140 miles from Panama City Beach, Florida.


This special offering includes the full package of JASON Learning’s curriculum resources, teacher professional development, and community engagement programs. It was created in partnership with AASA and is based on recommendations from the STEM Leadership Consortia chaired by Matt Montgomery, Superintendent of Revere Schools, H.D. Chambers, Superintendents of Alief ISD, Brenda Arteaga, Superintendent of Southwest Schools, Eleanor Smalley, JASON Learning’s President and CEO, and Mort Sherman, AASA’s Associate Executive Director.

Please contact us for more information about how you can bring “The JASON Experience” to your school district and community or simply fill out the application form below:

Dr. Eleanor Smalley, JASON Learning | 703-581-4472

Dr. Bernadine Futrell, AASA | 703-875-0717

Apply for the AASA-JASON STEM Leadership Consortium

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