Professional Development Workshops
Motivating Inquiry Through Tinkering is an inquiry exploration that invites you and your students to imagine, create, and share. Teachers will leave this workshop with strategies and activities that can be used immediately to engage students and increase motivation for inquiry in both synchronous and asynchronous teaching environments Activities include:
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 4:30-5:30
Audience: Certified Teachers, Instructional Coaches
Location: Remote Learning through the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office 200 N. Stone Avenue Tucson, Arizona 85701
Facilitator: Jackie Nichols
Jackie Nichols has been teaching middle school for 14 years at Lauffer Middle School in the Sunnyside Unified School District, and runs the Sunnyside Future City STEM Program. Jackie has had over 300 students participate in this outstanding urban design class. Her Future City teams have won numerous awards, including the prestigious ASU Walton Sustainability Award for Urban Design. Jackie has been recognized as a 2019 Raytheon Leader in Education for Middle School, a 2018 Tucson Values Teachers Teacher Excellence Award, the 2016 Sunnyside Foundation Award for Excellence in Education for the Future City Program, the 2000 Rabbi T. Bilgray Make a Difference Award for Racial Justice, along with many other accolades. She has presented at the 2019 and 2020 Society for Science and the Public Middle School Teachers National Research Conference, the 2019 Arizona Council for Social Studies Conference, the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference, and others.
Jackie holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from NAU and a B.S. in Business Administration-Regional Development from the University of Arizona. Outside of the classroom, she has worked professionally in economic development, high tech optics, and community leadership. As a Future City-STEM teacher Jackie is grateful for the opportunity to engage students in conversations about sustainable design and engineering, and how they can make the world a better place for us all. Originally from the Iron Range of Northern Wisconsin, Jackie now lives in Tucson with her husband Joe.
This series of three workshops has been designed to build on the original concepts of The Depth and Complexity Model. Participants will be provided with opportunities to apply and integrate the set of prompts with other pedagogical strategies. We will discuss how the prompts of depth and complexity can be integrated into curriculum elements such as Thinking Like a Disciplinarian, Independent Study, and the art of questioning. Each workshop session will define a new pedagogical strategy and will demonstrate how the prompts of depth and complexity can be integrated into this strategy as the means of creating varied access points to the content. This series will focus on how the use of many and varied curricular opportunities can act as a form of differentiation to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all learners.
Audience: Certified Teachers, Instructional Coaches and Administrators
Location: Remote Learning through the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office; 200 N. Stone Avenue Tucson, Arizona 85701
Jessica Manzone has worked at USC in various capacities for the last 13 years. Jessica is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Masters of the Art in Teaching Program at the Rossier School of Education. Jessica currently works as a Research Assistant on two U.S. Department of Education grants with Dr. Sandra Kaplan in the field of curriculum development and gifted education. Jessica has been a primary teacher and instructional coach in Baltimore City, Maryland and currently works with districts across the country on creating integrated units of study.