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Back to school season is a time to celebrate #loveoflearning #teachervoice #innovation #inspiration
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Edcamp Tucson - September 9!

We all remember the back-to-school fervor we experienced as kids. The antsy excitement about all that was new and unknown, combined with a bit of dread and a pair of new shoes.

For educators this annual rhythm continues. Gearing up and launching the new year are high-energy times. Teachers rev up the engine that is school. They bring their inspiration, drive, and love of learning back to the classroom and welcome students to a new year.

This school year let's remember to support those working with kids each day. What can we do to foster schools to be caring work places, to provide inspiring opportunities for professional growth, to listen more carefully to those who know best when it comes to student learning? Let's honor #teachervoice and let it guide us toward #innovation in schools.

In the spirit of listening, check out the two stories below. Deep thanks go to our partners at the UA Poetry Center for leading a powerful digital storytelling workshop for teachers this summer. We were proud to co-sponsor and support this rich opportunity for our community's educators.
 

Upcoming Events

Waters Foundation - Systems Thinking Institute
Workshop & School Visits
September 28-29
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Dream BIG @ The Loft Cinema
An inspiring film for students and teachers alike!
October 24
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Project-Based Learning & CommunityShare
One-Day Residency Workshop
November 14
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a look back at the blog:

Teacher voice & the search for solutions to the Arizona teacher crisis

The final days of the school year, once students are out of the building, is a busy time for K-12 educators. There is a special rhythm to wrapping up one year and prepping classrooms for the summer months: taking down bulletin boards, finalizing student grade reports, filing lesson plans, packing up activities, making notes for the year to come. For far too many teachers each June, however, it is the final time they go through these year-end routines so familiar to the profession.

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Little Green Poems: Taylor's Story
English & Humanities Teacher Taylor Johnson shares her personal story about teaching and the creative process.
Spanish Teacher Leslie Cho Newman explores the connection between her cultural roots and her goals as a teacher of language.
Last Call: Register for Edcamp Tucson!
Edcamp Tucson on Sept. 9 brings together educators from throughout our region for a morning of sharing ideas and innovations in an 'unconference' format that informs and inspires. This year stick around for an afternoon of teacher-led workshops. 
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