Posts Categorized: University Highlights

We Are Public Schools

Paulo Freire Freedom School (both at the University and Downtown locations) are Tucson public schools that are demonstration sites/lab schools for best instructional practices and small school design.  We are not part of the Tucson Unified School District, within which we are physically located, but we are Tucson public schools nonetheless. In the debate about the future of K-12 education… 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 »

Enrollment at PFFS-University and PFFS-Downtown

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 »

Portfolios Are Finished!

Last Wednesday was a whirlwind of activity as the 8th graders proudly presented their work to panels consisting of teachers, parents and peers.  Most passed on their first time.  A few had to do some follow up work to bring their presentations to a proficient level – a requirement for our graduation.  We were so… Read more »

Summer is coming!

Summer is quickly approaching and we want to share several tips for a happy, healthy summer. First, camp.  If you are in town and can afford it (and even if you can’t – many camps have scholarships), summer camps are a great way for students to stay active, learn a new skill, make friends,  stay… Read more »

6/7 Humanities-Science Gateway

6/7 Gateway will explore the concept of systems on multiple levels. They will consider how systems work within human bodies and social structures as they investigate health problems and come up with solutions for these problems. Groups will focus on a number of regions in Latin America and model their understanding with physical, written and… 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 »

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 »

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate we have been sharing some of our favorite poems in Kiva.  Already we have enjoyed poems from Langston Hughes, Carl Sandberg, Emily Dickinson and Shel Silverstein.  We even watched a dramatic interpretation of “Casey At Bat” in honor of baseball season.  Please feel free to send any… Read more »

PFFS and Standardized Testing

AIMs, Common Core, PARCC – these are polarizing components of the educational scene that politicians, lobbyists, for profit textbook and testing companies, teachers’ unions and parent organizations fight about often and loudly.  So I thought I would take a minute to share our position on all of this. We understand and agree with many of… Read more »