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The unveiling of the University of Arizona Black History cultural logo is part of our celebration of National Black History Month throughout February. The logo was developed by students, employees, cultural groups, and alumni. 
Planting seeds in the community
About a year and a half ago, the Semillas del Pueblo (Seeds of the Community) project kicked off with the goal of filling the void of teacher shortages in middle and high schools in Southern Arizona. In this region, there is not only a shortage of teachers, but also a shortage of those who know how to teach in the tradition of Mexican-American Studies (MAS). Semillas del Pueblo grew out of conversations, research, teaching, and experiences. Any teacher can use this student- and community-centered approach to education.
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The Semillas del Pueblo project:

Empowers students to construct their own understanding of the world to better serve themselves and their communities
Cultivates interest in teaching in middle or high schools
Offers students the opportunity to become MAS-trained teachers via the M.Ed. Secondary Education Alternative Pathways 
Works with high schools and Pima Community College to create a pipeline for MAS-trained educators, with the goal of expanding to a pipeline of MAS teachers anywhere in the country
Offers a graduate certificate for educators to bring the MAS approach into their classrooms (a four-course sequence, including ethnic studies history, humanizing pedagogy, and equity awareness and literacy)
Serves students in Mexican-American communities

Watch this just-released video featuring Semillas Outreach Coordinator Jesus Jaime-Diaz as he beautifully uncovers how a career in teaching middle and high school students can impact social change for the common good of humanity.
Announcing Diversity Speaker Series
The College of Education Diversity Committee is kicking off its new speaker series on February 23 with Center for the Study of Higher Education alumna Amanda Tachine, a Navajo from Ganado, Arizona. She is Náneesht’ézhí Táchii’nii (Zuni Red Running into Water clan) born for Tl’izilani (Many Goats clan). She is an assistant professor in educational leadership and innovation at Arizona State University.

Tachine’s research centers on exploring college access and persistence among Indigenous college students. Tachine was recognized by President Obama with the White House Champions of Change: Young Women Empowering Communities Award for creating Native SOAR, a multi-generation mentoring program to increase college access among Native youth and families.

Indigenous Presence, Weaponry, and Freedom in the Glittering World
Tuesday, February 23
3-4 p.m.

Free and open to the public. Join us!
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Become a Borderlands Master Teacher Fellow

We are seeking 13 STEM teachers (grades 6-12) in Southern Arizona to become Noyce Borderlands Master Teacher Fellows. Selected fellows in this National Science Foundation-funded teacher leadership program will earn a STEM Teacher Leadership Certificate and $11,000 per year ($55,000 over five years).

The Noyce Border Scholars Program along the Arizona-Mexico border is a collaboration between the University of Arizona College of Education, University of Arizona Biosphere 2, and Cochise College.
Applications due April 22. 

For information contact, Program Manager Ali Van Gorp at [email protected] or 520-266-0536.
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Erased histories: virtual summer institute

Worlds of Words presents We the People: Migrant Waves in the Making of America, a virtual summer institute for K-12 educators funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Join us virtually June 21-July 2 as we explore migration as a constant in U.S. history through a case study of Arizona, immersing ourselves in the stories left out of traditional narratives. The institute includes literature, museums, visiting scholars, and digital inquiry to examine the histories that have been erased in Arizona and in other states. Selected participants will receive a $2,200 stipend, 10 books, and other curricular materials.

Deadline to apply is March 1. Apply today!
Cooper hits the circuit for its extreme makeover!

The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning sits on a large piece of land just west of Tucson that is – there’s no other way to put it – absolutely stunning. But the facilities haven't changed since the 1970s. Now Cooper is in the middle of an extreme makeover to completely transform the center and expand its ecological and cultural mission, thanks to some very generous donors.

Cooper is about to begin construction on an eco-friendly bathroom and shower facility, along with a solar-shaded outdoor classroom. Cooper has raised 80 percent of the funds needed, thanks to gifts both large and small.

Now Cooper needs your help to close the gap by March 1 to break ground in the next few months. And – good news – the next $14,500 we receive will be doubled!

Cooper Director Colin Waite has made the media circuit about Cooper's historical impact on Southern Arizona, how they've weathered the pandemic, and plans for the facility improvements.

He was featured on AZPM’s Arizona Spotlight (watch his interview at the 17-minute mark) and on Tucson’s Morning Blend.

If you’d like to help the Cooper Center expand its ecological and cultural mission, please contact Colin Waite.
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The significance of Tucson's
A Mountain

We previously told you about student Amy Spotted Wolf, an elementary education student through the Indigenous Teacher Education Project, who was crowned the 59th Miss Indian Arizona. Her platform is to embrace change to strengthen and learn from the connections of the Indigenous People of Arizona. She recently spoke with Tucson’s ABC affiliate, KGUN 9, on Absolutely Arizona about the history of A Mountain and its significance to the Tohono O'odham.
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A Tale of Two Tucsons

Tucson Sentinel featured a five-part series about opportunity in Tucson written by College of Education alumnus Jim Kiser '66 '70.

The series analyzes income in Tucson and how the gaps in income affect the opportunities available to children. Kiser writes, "These differences in effect have created two Tucsons – one Tucson in which kids grow up to be financially successful, and another Tucson in which children are set up to struggle to provide for themselves and their families, for their entire lives."

Kiser is a former editorial page editor and columnist for the Arizona Daily Star. After retiring from the Star, he worked for the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. Previously, he spent three years as vice president of Finance for the Des Moines Register and Tribune Company, and he has an MBA from Stanford University. Though her name is not in the byline by her choice, his wife Shirley, a former nonprofit and public education executive and high school English teacher, is a full partner in the effort to call attention to Tucson’s lack of opportunity for the city’s young people.
Prelude to Tucson

Get ready for a free, two-day virtual conference, 2021 Prelude to Tucson, February 18-19.

The Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean’s 32nd Annual Conference is in “two parts in two places” — virtual February 18-19 and in Tucson October 27-30 — to accommodate the likelihood of curtailed travel early in the year and to promote the collaboration, exchange, and local immersion experiences for which the annual conference is known.

Prelude to Tucson will feature two guest roundtables, video and image galleries, and two days of interaction. It’s a great opportunity for educators, researchers, and students to learn and discuss interculturality, diversity, identities, transnational, and migrant education across the Americas.

Several of the college’s faculty members will present and moderate.

Register to get the link to attend.
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Free monthly teacher collaboratives

Our Borderlands Education Center is offering monthly teacher collaboratives for regional teachers as part of the Sin Fronteras Professional Learning Community. The free collaborative supports new teacher induction and professional development for K-12 educators and includes CEU credits.

Two of the workshops will be led by Sin Fronteras Director Eric Meyer, who also is the program coordinator for our Alternative Path Program Secondary Education, M.Ed.

Upcoming workshops include Mindfulness in Motion: From the Mat to the Classroom, A New Cosmology for STEM Teaching and Learning, and Whiteness.

Workshops are free and held on Saturdays. The next workshop is Saturday, February 20.
Other workshops will be March 13 and April 17.

RSVP for all workshops.
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Become a teacher in Arizona tuition-free!

The Arizona Teachers Academy offers free tuition for Arizona's future teachers.

We are now accepting scholarship applications for the summer and fall. Applications due March 1 (summer is open for graduate students only) and applications for fall are due June 7 (open to both undergraduate and graduate students).

Learn more and apply today!
Looking for a job in Arizona's schools?

The Arizona Department of Education Virtual Job Fair is an event you don’t want to miss! This free, virtual job fair on Saturday, February 27, will connect you with dozens of districts and charters looking for applicants just like you.

You will be able to search for available positions, upload your resume, visit employer booths to chat with them via text or video, and find out about their communities and schools.

If you have questions regarding the virtual job fair, email Julie Lenza at [email protected].
Thank you from Project FOCUS

Our 2020 crowdfunding was a huge success. We could not have made our goal without the support of everyone who donated and shared. Thank you from Project FOCUS!

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Educational Policy Studies & Practice
Associate Professor Nolan Cabrera is the proud author of the most-read article in The Review of Higher Education in 2020, Where’s the Racial Theory in Critical Race Theory?

Cabrera also was quoted in this article about the simplistic, zero-tolerance approach of revoking admission letters, a response that lacks both imagination and compassion. He also was interviewed for this article in Splice Today.

Professor Jenny Lee and doctoral candidate John Haupt recently spoke with Science Magazine about how collaboration between scientists in China and the United States increased for COVID-19–related research despite previous years of political tension.

Obviously, Lee as an expert in global higher education and research, but she also happens to be the dog-mom of a guide dog in training. Isadora recently visited a school on what happened to be school picture day, and they sent Lee the yearbook-worthy results above. Isadora obviously was a model student that day.
Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Now officially sworn in as the new Pima County Recorder, alumna Gabriella Cázares-Kelly was interviewed in this Arizona Daily Star article.

Alumnus Sol Davis is the new executive director the Jewish Museum of Maryland, an agency of the Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore. Davis, who received a doctorate in TLS, previously served as executive director of the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center in Tucson.

Assistant Professor JD Lopez was named a 2021 Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Just 15 scholars out of several hundred nominees receive the recognition each year.

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Professor David Yaden is the incoming 2020-2021 president-elect of the Literacy Research Association, a 1,500-member international association of literacy researchers. He will be the conference chair for the 71st Annual Meeting tentatively to be held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Until next time,

Bruce Johnson
Message from Development

A special thank you to our loyal volunteers and donors…

We are very thankful for the many volunteers who work behind the scenes in the College of Education to provide assistance and support our mission. One of these groups of dedicated volunteers is our National Advisory Board. Board members meet quarterly with Dean Johnson to provide insight and serve as a sounding board. In addition to providing important guidance, many of our board members support the college financially. Thank you to this year’s board:

Barbara Sullivan, Chair
Larry Bahill
Gloria Barnett
Carrie Brennan
Patrice Brown
James Brunenkant
Richard Carranza
Panfilo Contreras
Brenda Even
Sharyn Felton
Dale Frederick
Augie Gallego
Peggy Goulding
Charlotte Harris
Victoria Hobbs
Naomi Karp
Paul Lindsey
Sally Matiella
Barbara Miller
Vicky Mullins
David Overstreet
Judy Ovitt
Nancy Woodling

I also want to thank our scholarship donors who provide our students with much needed scholarships so they can pursue their passion in education. Unfortunately, we were not able to host our annual Scholarship Appreciation Breakfast in person this year, but please watch this message to our scholarship donors from Dean Johnson.

Thank you again to all the volunteers and donors who make the work we do possible.

We recently told you about our Erasmus Circle Scholars. Now we’d like to present the scholars’ donors, including our benefactors, patrons, partners, and lifetime and legacy members, too!

Erasmus Circle Donors & Scholars

Lynn & Jim Engel
Erasmus Circle Scholars: Priscila Ledezma & Felise Tagaban

Peggy & Steven Goudling
Erasmus Circle Scholars: Wen Wen & Zach Brown

Margaret & Bruce Johnson
Erasmus Circle Scholars: Carely Bravo & Brennen Feder

Emily Meschter
Erasmus Circle Scholars: Jose Hernandez & Amy Spotted Wolf

Barbara & Russell Miller
Erasmus Circle Scholars: Faqryza Ab Latif & Jinseok Park

Kathy & Jerry Short
Erasmus Circle Scholars: Xiao Yin & Tasnim Alshuli

Linda Alepin
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Celeste Atkins

Shirin Antia
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Marie Tanaka

Carol & Larry Bahill
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Angela Gunder

Kris Bosworth
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Stephanie Celaya Serventi

Patrice & Ronald Brown
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Kirsten Hillig

Renée & Richard Clift
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Huitzilin Ortiz

Richard & Bahar Delgado
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Karina Callejas

Jane Erin
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Di Zhang

Shirley Ann Hartman
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Vanessa Holmes

Patty & Carl Liaupsin
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Leah Zachariah

Barbara Myers
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Johnyne Blair

Kathleen & Raymond Naylor
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Chelsea Carr

Bonne & Dave Overstreet
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Michael Hernandez

Judy & Theron Ovitt
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Lauren Fisher

Jinx Patterson
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Allison Fairchild

Barbara & Jim Sullivan
Erasmus Circle Scholar: William Ekstrom

Danielle & Steven Thu
Erasmus Circle Scholar: Cristin Phibbs

Ann & Fred Boice
Sara Chavarria
Charlotte Harris
Elizabeth Posey
Marie Ruiz

Therese Berg
Nancy Haddad Berge
Ann & Fred Boice
Sally Drachman Salvatore
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Fessler
Keith McKenzie
Emily Meschter
Wilma Miller
Mary Louise Rentfrow

Bahar & Richard Delgado

Lee O’Rourke
Director of Development & Alumni Relations
We want to hear from you! Send your news to [email protected].
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