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District receives $20,000 Monsanto Fund Grant to support Understanding by Design Framework

Graduation hats thrown in air With the help of a $20,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer Company, MUSD is able to further enhance their curricular both within and between grade levels using the research-based Understanding by Design Framework. This vertical alignment allows educators and staff to embed particular 21st century skill development at each grade level, ensuring every student the opportunity to achieve curriculum standards and greater success in college, career, and life.      


Dr. Doug Wilson, MUSD Superintendent says, “The work being done through the Understanding by Design Framework will ensure when every student graduates and leaves our District they will be prepared with the skills, knowledge, and values necessary for success in an ever-changing society. Since Marana will be able to identify and assess skill sets that graduates need in their post-secondary pathway, our students will achieve at higher levels on mandated assessments, and they will be more prepared for post-secondary education or the workforce after high school.”


“Today, educators must go beyond traditional instructional methods to ensure students at every grade level from kindergarten to post graduate studies are academically prepared to navigate successfully through careers and course work that are driven by STEM, innovation and technology,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund Program Officer. “We are happy to support the extension of the Understanding by Design Framework initiative which will positively impact current and future Marana students.”