Posts Categorized: Blogs

Important Update from the CITY Center for Collaborative Learning Board Chair & Executive Director

Dear Students, Staff, Parents, Alumni, Supporters, and Community Partners: I write you today with an important announcement. Late last week, I received news from Carrie Brennan, our longtime organizational leader and one of our co-founders, that she will be stepping down from her current post in June 2019. I want to share important information about our… Read more »

#RedForEd Updates From Our Executive Director

Carrie Brennan, the Executive Director for CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, writes about how public charter schools are participating in the statewide teacher walkout and how the CITY Center for Collaborative Board of Directors passed a resolution in support of the #RedforeEd movement.  Read about it here.

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 »

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 »

Notes from The Underground

From the PFFS-U Journalism Department. This week’s installment includes stories on tiny homes, Tucson CSA, and The Rogue Theatre

Advisories Amplifying Student Voice

Student Council is too often just the stuff of proms and popularity.  Rarely is it associated with actual empowered decision making. At our school, advisories serve several purposes. Perhaps most importantly they are a place where all students can engage in socio-emotional learning, let their guards down, and be known by an adult who cares… Read more »

Five reasons to showcase our project based learning*

*This blog by Paulo Freire Freedom School-Downtown principal JoAnn Groh was published originally on the BIE website on June 7, 2017 and on the CITY Center for Collaborative Learning website on June 17, 2017. One of the requisite design elements in BIE’s Gold Standard Project Based Learning is the need for projects to include a ‘public… Read more »

The 12 Gifts of Community in a PBL Classroom*

Christmas songs are in the air so of course if I’m going to make a PBL list it’s going to be a list of 12, in this case 12 gifts of community. Our school sees our surrounding community as part of our learning environment. We are out and about on a daily basis, and visitors are… Read more »

Teaching the Skills Kids Need – Using PBL*

Eighth grader Maya peered through the window into the chaos that was 6th graders pulling together their Space & Scale Exhibition and shuddered. “I remember doing that when I was a 6th grader and not having a clue about what I was doing.  I wasted so much time looking up information that was irrelevant.  I didn’t… 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 »