For the Middle Grades (6-8)
Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown is located in Downtown Tucson at City High School. PFFS-Downtown opened in 2014 as a full-immersion STEM middle school (see Arizona STEM Network’s STEM Immersion Guide) and the vanguard demonstration site/lab school of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning. STEM education means many things to many people. STEM education at PFFS-Downtown is about empowering students to tackle the real world challenges faced by the larger community. Our students are practiced problem solvers who think creatively and analytically; who propose solutions both in the classroom and the community. By embedding our STEM curriculum in real world societal challenges we mold engaged citizens who are committed to the collective good.
April 21, 2016
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When analyzing the relative merits of the teaching profession, one of the challenges often raised is that teachers (and I would posit principals as well) must always be ‘on’. It is difficult, if not impossible, to close the door and have a quiet workday in the face of the daily barrage of students’ needs that... Read more »
August 14, 2015
We are hearing frequent reports of serious teacher shortages both nationally and locally. See “Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional)” Aug. 9, 2015 and “Shortage Puts Uncertified Teachers in Arizona Classrooms” Aug. 1, 2015. This only deepens our appreciation for the two groups of teachers and support staff we have assembled at PFFS-Downtown and... Read more »
May 8, 2015
As you may know, students at both PFFS-University and PFFS-Downtown are fully engaged during these last weeks of school in the deep learning associated with interdisciplinary, project-based units of instruction. Project-based learning (“PBL”) is an instructional methodology that asks students to engage in curriculum in a meaningful way and requires that they demonstrate not only... Read more »
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