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Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops/Conversations

In the afternoon of September 9th – after the closing of ‘Edcamp Tucson 5‘ at noon and a one-hour break for lunch – CITY Center will be hosting free teacher-to-teacher, workshops/conversations from 1:00-2:00 pm and 2:15-3:15 pm.  Register online for these PM workshops at teacher-to-teacher.eventbrite.com.  Download workshop descriptions flyer.

Some of these workshops/conversations are based on ‘Presentations of Learning’ (POLs) that CITY Center teachers gave to their colleagues in May 2017 as the culminating activity for their 2016-2017 Professional Learning Process/Plan (PLP).

Other workshops/conversations will be about teaching & learning ‘best practices’ that are used successfully in CITY Center classrooms (i.e. project-based, place-based, & problem-based learning, Khan Academy in blended/flipped classrooms, simulations, systems thinking, etc.).  There will be different workshop options within each of the one-hour blocks (see below).

What: Teacher-to-teacher workshops/conversations
when: september 9th, 1:00-2:00 pm & 2:15-3:15 pm
where: 47 east pennington st, tucson, AZ 85701


1:00-2:00 PM Seth Wisniewski SmithTransitioning From Traditional Math Curriculum to Project-Based’
I will be presenting my observations and musings around the methods and effects of transitioning my 7th grade math class from a standard curriculum to a completely project-based class. I will share assessment methods, direct instruction, projects, student autonomy, genuine engagement, and all the varying degrees of success (and failing forward) involved in this process.


1:00-2:00 PM Krista Gypton ‘Moving Beyond the Grade and Into the Learning’
What does it take to get students to move beyond being a “checkbox” learner who works only for a grade, to a more engaged, risk-taking and reflective learner who is able to authentically assess themselves?  This is the question I had been struggling with for years and set out to see if I could create a system where students were challenged to focus on their learning and stop worrying so much about grades. I will share my process and results in an interactive workshop that will end with a Q & A session.


1:00-2:00 PM Patrick Kelly ‘Creating Partnerships Between Museum & School’
We (Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center and Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown) will share our experience as an evolving partnership and give you an opportunity to join in our effort to create an inter-generational dialogue around issues of social and racial justice.  To that end, we are building a semester-long school-in-residence program with one class this year to explore the ways that museums are able to address and represent issues of social and racial justice through exhibitions and programs.


2:15-3:15 PM Erica Saunders ‘Providing Support in Our Classrooms For All Students’
We work hard to create engaging curriculum and inspire each student in our classrooms, but some students have a harder time participating and staying focused.  Research suggests that approximately 25% of U.S. children will experience at least one traumatic event by age 16, affecting the way their brain processes information.  Other organic diagnoses can lead to the same outcome, but by understanding our students’ struggles and having classroom tools, we can help these students stay focused and engaged.  Please come and learn ways to further support students’ basic needs for learning.


2:15-3:15 PM Carman Ryken ‘Using Khan Academy to Support Mathematics Instruction’
Khan Academy (a free tool for anyone who wants to learn math at most levels including college courses) has added a lot of new features this year, including assignments, quizzes, and unit tests. I have been using Khan Academy for years to help my math students gain proficiency in the skills needed to be successful. Last year,  I became the only Tucson-based ambassador for Khan and I am excited to share with other Tucson teachers some of the new upgrades.

Register online today at teacher-to-teacher.eventbrite.com.  Download September 9th events flyer