United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona

Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, and Families

Building Early Childhood Foundations













Name of CoP

Building Early Childhood Foundations


This Community of Practice is for teachers who are new to the profession (5 years or less) who can commit to attending one meeting per month. Meetings will generally be on the last Weds. of the month from 6:30 – 8:30p.m. in South Pima (TBA). Teachers can work or live in South Pima, but the c.o.p. is also open to those from North Pima. We hope to help you find or maintain your passion for teaching, share ideas which may make your classroom life better, and more fun, and give you a strong foundation of early childhood theory and practice. Coaching sessions in your classroom will also be part of what we do together.

Topics and Dates

  1. Personal Goals, the Registry, and Database. Professionalism and Ethics. Weds. Aug 29.
  2. Transition Magic. Weds. Sep. 26.
  3. Process vs. Product. Weds. Oct. 24.
  4. Culture and Gender Bias. Weds. Nov. 28.
  5. DAP; the 3 “Cs”. Curriculum, Circle Time, and Centers. Weds. Dec. 12.
  6. Mind in the Making. Weds. Jan. 30.
  7. Inclusion and special needs. Weds. Feb.27.
  8. An introduction to CLASS, ECERS, ITERS, Advocacy, and Standards. Weds. Mar. 27.
  9. Music, Movement, and the Brain. Weds. Apr. 24.
  10. Systems Thinking. Weds. May 29.
  11. Preschool Math and Science. Weds. June 26th.

CoP Coordinator

Maggie McKiernan is an educational consultant, coach, and teacher who is a strong proponent of developmentally appropriate practice, and play-based emergent curricula. She has owned her own education business for the past 29 years. In addition to a children’s movement, music, and drama program, she has provided teacher coaching in schools in Arizona for 9 years, has facilitated numerous professional development sessions, and has taught early childhood education classes for Pima Community College for 12 years. She has an elementary through high school teaching credential from the University of London (UK) in Education and Drama, and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from NAU (2014).

Contact information

Maggie McKiernan