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Nonprofit brings together three downtown-area schools for wider impact

June 28, 2016 – Tucson, AZ Education nonprofit brings together three Tucson downtown-area schools for wider community impact CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, an Arizona 501c(3) nonprofit corporation that supports and leads City High School, will bring two partner middle schools into the fold on July 1, 2016. Joining City High School under the nonprofit […]

Borton mural

Good schools should be happy places

The following piece was originally published under the title “Why Good Schools Are Happy Places” in the Huffington Post on March 8, 2016. Visit my son’s elementary school at 8:00 a.m. any morning of the year and you’ll find a festive spirit in the air. In the courtyard, where the entire school gathers to start the day, there is music […]

Las Milpitas - middle school

The magic in learning

PBL video PFFS

PBL on PBL: Student-produced video showcases (and models) a best practice

Innovation Spotlight

A team of advanced video production high school students took on a real world project recently, working with Principal JoAnn Groh as their ‘client’ to create a short film about project based learning at her middle school. In other words, they used PBL to document PBL. The Buck Institute for Education outlines 8 key design […]

Ben's Bells mural Pennington Street

Taking a moment for kindness

Davis School Garden

Getting our hands dirty: Farm to School programs in Tucson

Innovation Spotlight

Whenever I head out of downtown, driving east on Broadway, I glance over at the rambling gardens surrounding Miles Exploratory Learning Center. Sometimes when picking up my son at Davis Bilingual Magnet School I have a few extra minutes to sit and linger with him in shade of the school garden nestled into the nearby neighborhood; this is one of […]

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CITY 2020: Dynamic plan for the future

CITY Center for Collaborative Learning has its sights on the future – and a solid roadmap for the dynamic journey ahead. An ambitious strategic planning process took place over the past year and a half, with parents, students, staff, school founders, board members, partners, and community members involved. The voices and perspectives of many stakeholders came […]

Using restorative justice circles in middle school

The results are in. Now what?

On Monday, November 30 the results of the AzMERIT test that students took last spring will be made public. They were delivered to the doorstep of every public school in Arizona last month with ‘embargo’ instructions, to not discuss school-wide results with the public, even one’s own school board, and to share only individual student scores […]