Posts Categorized: Blogs

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 »

School Work That Matters

PBL:  Practice By Living* As part of the class debrief after the end-of-year project, one of my teachers had his students imagine what it will be like when they go to college and are tasked to work with a group of peers some of whom would never have previously done projects.  Our students marveled that… 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 »

Living in Beta: PBL and Technology

Immersed in the talk of technology at this year’s ISTE conference, I have been thinking a lot about the role technology plays in Project Based Learning. Technology is best taught and learned when a project task requires the specific function the technology offers. So, for example, I am motivated to learn the iMovie software when… Read more »

“The Soul Is Healed By Being With Children”

Surviving a Heart Attack On 4/15/16 I had a heart attack at Paulo Freire Freedom School – University, 30 minutes before dismissal on a Friday.  We made a decision to call 911 sooner than later so as not to create a huge disruption in the school day and I was able to get myself upstairs with the help… Read more »