There were kids in and about our schools this summer, to be sure. City High School offered its annual summer school sessions and Paulo Freire Freedom School-University hosted a two-week arts camp. But predominantly, the learners on our downtown campus in June and July were adults.
Six workshops took place in our new collaborative learning center at 37 E. Pennington St. this summer, with over 225 adult participants involved. Some were led by our own professional learning program and others were offered through our community partners, such as Kore Press, XITO, and Startup Tucson. There was a range of one-day, three-day, and five-day experiences. The workshops explored a variety of topics, including creating and facilitating a powerful professional learning community; becoming a more culturally responsive educator; and incorporating project-based learning into one’s classroom. The new space was an inspiring location for our adult learners to learn, explore and connect and accommodated groups large and small – from a dozen to a hundred.
While some people out there might think that teaching is a 10-month job with summers off, those of us in the profession know better. Summer is a busy season for many educators who take the opportunity to be learners themselves.