Posts By: Santo Nicotera

5-Day CFG ‘New Coaches’ Training 6/16-20

During the week of June 16-20 CITY Professional Development Center is conducting a 5-day CFG ‘New Coaches’ training for educators throughout the US who are wanting to understand deeply the Critical Friends Group model and create small powerful, professional learning communities in their own schools.  Learn more about Critical Friendship.  Register here and plan to join us in Tucson in the third… Read more »

Article About PFFS In The ‘Downtown Tucsonan’

The Downtown Tucson Partnership on 5/21/14 published a great story about Paulo Freire Freedom School by James Jefferies in their webzine the ‘Downtown Tucsonan’.  Here is an excerpt: “At PFFS, teachers only administer to roughly 75 students per day, with a very different and flexible use of time that varies wildly throughout the year according… Read more »

PFFS-Downtown Team Visits MC² STEM High School

On May 4-6, 2014 the PFFS-Downtown teaching team (Joe Boehm, et al) visited MC² STEM High School in Cleveland, OH to learn first hand how that ‘model school’ delivers interdisciplinary STEM curriculum to students in three locations (9th grade at the Great Lakes Science Center on Lake Erie, 10th grade at GE’s Lighting Headquarters in Nela Park, and 11th/12th… Read more »

Prescott College Students Visit PFFS 4/24

On Thursday morning 4/24 professors Anita Fernandez (Director of the Prescott College ‘Tucson Center‘ and parent of PFFS 7th grader) and Sean Arce (Director of the TUSD’ ‘Mexican American Studies Department’ before it was shut down in 2012) brought the entire Prescott College ‘Social Justice Education Semester’ student cohort to Paulo Freire Freedom School –… Read more »

Enrollment Update for PFFS-U and PFFS-D

The ‘Open Enrollment’ period for Paulo Freire Freedom School – University and the new Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown closed on March 15.  A random lottery was conducted shortly after March 15th to fill all openings at each grade level for next year where the number of enrollment applications was greater than the number of openings…. Read more »

PFFS-D Team Visiting MC2 STEM Cleveland OH on 5/4-6

On May 4-6, 2014 the PFFS-Downtown teaching team (Joe Boehm, Nancy McCallion, and Rachel Nisch) will be visiting MC2 STEM in Cleveland, OH to learn first hand how that ‘model school’ delivers interdisciplinary STEM curriculum to students in three locations (9th grade at the Great Lakes Science Museum on Lake Erie, 10th grade at GE’s Lighting Headquarters… Read more »

Advisory Challenge 4/22-30

Our PFFS advisories are planning a short 10 minute challenge to share during their scheduled KIVA session (see below) as part of Advisory Challenge 2014.  Each advisory will have contestant(s) from each Advisory compete in the given  challenge to gain points.  The top 3 Advisory finishers will receive points and the Advisory with the most… Read more »

UA Dept of Linguistics at PPFS

On Wednesday 4/17 we were graced to experience a presentation by engaging and expert linguists from the University of Arizona’s nationally regarded Linguistics program. All students learned and participated in activities on topics including baby babble, the Tohono O’odham and Mutsun American Indian languages, Arabic, interpreting ancient hieroglyphs, and the rapid extinction of languages around the… Read more »

Spring Symposium on Collaborative Learning 4/18/14

CITY Professional Development Center is proud to host the Spring Symposium on Collaborative Learning on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at City High School, 48 E. Pennington Street, in downtown Tucson. Collaborate with other Arizona educators to develop, sharpen and share innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Specifically, this year… Read more »