Posts By: JoAnn Groh

The Middle School Life

We at Paulo Freire love working with the middle grade students, but they can be a curious bunch.  We have come across a parenting resources specifically for Dads,  in case you are interested in getting some support.  24/7 Dad We also have come across (thanks to Debbie) a series of NPR’s “This American Life” podcasts that… Read more »

Using PBL to Figure Out Social Media and Screen Time*

*This blog by Paulo Freire Freedom School-Downtown principal JoAnn Groh was published originally on the BIE website on January 31, 2018 and on the CITY Center for Collaborative Learning website on February 3, 2018. Possibly the most common worry expressed by parents lately is their befuddlement at what supports and limitations they should be placing on… Read more »

Open Enrollment Ends February 1!

Please note that the open enrollment period for both Paulo Freire schools and City H.S. ends on February 1st.   Preferential treatment for PFFS students to City H.S. and for siblings only applies if applications are received during open enrollment.  Current students do not need to complete a new enrollment form.  Here are the links for… Read more »

Narrative Report Cards

Narrative report cards will be sent home with your young person on Tuesday after the three day holiday.   Our teachers have worked hard on putting them together so we hope you take time to read all of the comments and content standards addressed and discuss as a family.

Downtown Improvements

Something is happening downtown – our home away from home, Jacome Plaza, right in front of the Joel D. Valdez Downtown Library, is undergoing a facelift. The Downtown Tucson Partnership is working to redefine this space as a destination gathering spot for the larger community and PFFS and CHS students are welcome guests. Improvements include bistro… Read more »

PBL for Life’s Projects*

*This blog was originally published at on Nov. 20. 2017 As a founder of a school with “wall to wall” Project Based Learning and a member of BIE’s National Faculty, I am obviously a convert to PBL’s educational benefits. Done well, projects inspire and engage students, teach meaningful content in ways students are more likely… Read more »

Conversation About Supporting Our Transgender Youth

You are invited to attend and important conversation on November 30 from 6-8 p.m. about strategies to help keep transgender youth safe and thriving in our schools.  The talk is co-sponsored by City Center for Collaborative Learning, the YWCA and the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families.CC-November-30-3

Kind Campus

This year, both Paulo Freire schools are part of Ben’s Bell’s Kind Campus campaign.  Activities are planned for Morning Meeting and Advisories as well school wide initiatives.  Ask your young person, what is going on and if you haven’t already, check out and be inspired by Ben’s Bell’s website: