United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona

Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, and Families

Strengthening principals’ knowledge of early childhood development and learning and acquiring strategies for including all children. This is for principals who have pre-k classrooms in their schools.

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Name of CoP

Quality for All 

Course Description:

TUSD Preschool , a community of practice(CoP), TUSD, will work with 25 elementary school principals in implementing practices that better meet the needs for low-income and minority populations in TUSD Preschool programs.

Community of Practice Philosophy:

Participants will delve more deeply into Chapter 5 of: FirstSchool: Transforming PreK-3rd Grade for African American, Latino, and Low-Income Children by Sharon Ritchie and Laura Gutman (2013) through a book study and practical application in classrooms. In addition, a pilot group of schools will learn to use and implement the Edu Snap tool, which measures how much time children are in whole group, small group and individual settings and whether those settings are teacher or student directed. The collective work form the book study and the EduSnap implementation will guide administrators and teachers to better practice for all children but especially low income and minority populations who are historically not taught in ways that help them develop self regulation, language and problem solving skills.

Monthly Meeting:

3rd or 4th Monday of the month 9AM-11PM

Location:

Various TUSD Elementary Schools

Contact information:

Mary Bouley

520-370-1900