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.
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