United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona

Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, and Families

Improving early childhood teachers’ understanding and use of instructional support for children from infancy to kindergarten.





CoP Name


Community of Practice Description:

The “ELEMENTS” Community of Practice focuses on improving the use of instructional support strategies in early childhood classroom settings in the Pima North region.  Enrolled members will meet in person once a month for professional development sessions related to instructional support and classroom quality improvement. The Arizona Infant/Toddler Developmental Guidelines, Arizona Early Learning Standards, 7 Essential Life Skills from Mind in the Making, and Systems Thinking will all be uniquely woven into professional development sessions. Members will deepen their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice by focusing on concept development, quality of feedback, and language modeling with young children.

Member benefits include:

Learning Goals:

By the end of the year, members will be able to:

Resource Materials: Each member will receive a journal for taking notes and responding to reflection questions.  Throughout the year, members will receive various articles, copies of presentations, and handouts to support their learning.  Members are encouraged to join the ELEMENTS closed Facebook Group to connect throughout the year and share various resources.

CoP Sessions

Every first Thursday of each month

6:30-9:00 pm

Location to be determined

Contact information

Amber Jones



Connie Espinoza