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Saturday, December 3 • 9:15am - 10:45am
Innovative Teacher Leaders: The Catalyst for Educational Transformation

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This workshop will revisit the call for public school transformation that followed the release of A Nation at Risk in the 1980s and included Albert Shanker and Ted Sizer's radical notion that public school 'teacher leaders' should be allowed to create innovative learning spaces from which authentic, transformational practices could be exported to the larger system of public schools. We will follow the movement to create these catalytic learning environments over the last thirty years and the attempt by some to hijack that movement in order to supplant public school systems with their own charter systems. We will end by perusing the current educational landscape to identify examples of innovative learning environments designed with the intention of transforming the larger system of public schools.

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Santo Nicotera

Professional Development Director, CITY Center for Collaborative Learning
Santo Nicotera moved to Tucson from Denver in August 2002 to begin designing with JoAnn Groh, Paulo Freire Freedom School - University. They opened that middle school in 2005 at the Historic Y near the University of Arizona as a demonstration site/lab school for best instructional practices and small school design. In 2014 they opened a second middle school, Paulo Freire Freedom School - Downtown, on Pennington St. in downtown Tucson with that... Read More →

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Carrie Brennan

Executive Director, CITY Center for Collaborative Learning
In July 2015, Carrie was selected to lead CITY Center for Collaborative Learning. She brings deep experience in the field of education to her leadership role, including many years as a teacher, school leader, and workshop facilitator. Carrie has been on the start-up staff of two CES schools in Tucson, Arizona, serving as a founding teacher at Catalina Foothills High School in 1992 and founding principal of City High School in 2004... Read More →

Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Newport Room

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