Posts By: Santo Nicotera

PFFS-D 8th Graders Demonstrate Deep Learning

On Wednesday evening (10/26/16), PFFS-Downtown 8th graders presented an hour-long, public demonstration of deep learning related to current water issues, namely: climate change, water quality, and water usage & distribution.  So (you might ask)… How does a group of middle school 8th graders demonstrate ‘deep learning’ in such a short block of time? Well first of all,… Read more »

Got MLTS! So What’s Next?*

‘Most Likely to Succeed’ Seen by 200+ In Tucson On October 17th, Tucson-based CITY Center for Collaborative Learning and The Loft Cinema presented the documentary film, Most Likely to Succeed with support from CommunityShare, EdLeader21, Tucson Values Teachers, and the UA College of Education.  The screening was followed by a panel discussion that included Valerie Greenhill (EdLeader21 President & Co-Founder), Steve Holmes (Superintendent… Read more »

Library Art Contest for Teens in Middle & High School

Pima County Public Library announces on October 5th: “It’s finally fall, which means it’s time for the library’s sci-fi/fantasy/comics/manga art contest for teens in middle and high school!  We break down…” Read More Here.  The deadline to submit artwork is Sunday, October 30th.  To download the contest entry form and consent form (PDFs) click on… Read more »

6th & 7th Grade Demonstrations of Learning at Both PFFS Campuses

Sixth and seventh graders at both Paulo Freire middle schools presented powerful end-of-quarter demonstrations of learning on Tuesday (9/27/16). At PFFS-Downtown, 6th/7th graders have been learning about the big historical changes that occurred as a result of scientific revolutions, the role of Galileo, and how a changing world both helped and hindered him in his work.  The students made… Read more »

PFFS-U 8th Graders’ Symposium on Prison Reform & Mass Incarceration

Yoohyun Jung reported in the Arizona Daily Star on Monday night’s symposium on prison reform and mass incarceration at Paulo Freire Freedom School – University: “Mass incarceration. Racial hierarchy. Jim Crow. The war on drugs and mandatory-minimum sentencing. Those were some of the topics tackled by eighth graders at the Paulo Freire Freedom School, a charter… Read more »

Most Likely to Succeed – Film & Panel 10/17/16

On October 17, CITY Center for Collaborative Learning and The Loft Cinema will present the Tucson premiere of the education documentary Most Likely to Succeed*, with additional support from co-sponsors University of Arizona College of Education, EdLeader21, CommunityShare, and Tucson Values Teachers.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion with education leaders in our community.** Join us for… Read more »

Public School ‘Teacher Leaders’

In 2004, 2005 and in 2014, we five public school, ‘teacher leaders’ opened three new public schools in Tucson (a high school and two middle schools) to serve as small, innovative ‘learning communities’ where best educational practices could be practiced and shared with the wider educational community.  We had 60+ years of public school, teaching experience between… Read more »

Transformational Learning

Transformational Learning Communities “The School Reform Initiative creates transformational learning communities that are fiercely committed to educational equity and excellence” (see SRI What We Do).  The SRI Critical Friendship model for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) is an integral part of the CITY Center for Collaborative Learning’s work with teachers, educational leaders, community partners, and school/district teams. (see… Read more »