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Raul Gonzalez portrait

Solving Arizona’s teacher shortage through the Arizona Teachers Academy

March 11, 2020

Cronkite News wrote a piece on the Arizona Teachers Academy and the importance of investing in K-20 education in Arizona. They spoke with the college's Raul Gonzalez, who coordinates the ATA program at The University of Arizona.

KGUN visits Worlds of Words to talk about WOW Teen Reading Ambassadors

Jan. 16, 2020

Veronika Vernachio of KGUN 9 visited Worlds of Words to talk about the WOW Teen Reading Ambassadors pilot program that offers high school students a college experience at The University of Arizona. Vernachio spoke with WOW Associate Director Rebecca Ballenger and local high school student Gregory Medina-Kenyon about the program. Medina-Kenyon, who helped start the program in 2018, was recently accepted into Stanford University and says he “...

Congratulations to two-time College of Education graduate Lane Santa Cruz on winning the Ward 1 Tucson City Council seat!

Alumna Lane Santa Cruz Wins Tucson City Council Seat

Jan. 2, 2020

Congratulations to two-time College of Education graduate Lane Santa Cruz on winning the Ward 1 Tucson City Council seat! Santa Cruz graduated from the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies with her Language, Reading & Culture, M.A., in 2011 and her Language, Reading & Culture, Ph.D., in 2016. A native Tucsonan, educator, and community organizer at her core, Lane spent the 12 years prior to taking office working...

Alum Luis Carlos Davis hosts filmmaking workshop for aspiring filmmakers from Arizona and Sonora.

Empowering Emerging Filmmakers From The Borderlands To Create Their Own Narratives

Jan. 2, 2020

Luis Carlos Davis, an alum of the college's language, reading, and culture doctoral program, was featured in a Fronteras Desk piece about a filmmaking workshop he led in Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora in October. The workshop was part of "Cine En La Frontera" or "Cinema On The Border,” a short film contest for student and emerging filmmakers from both Arizona and Sonora. Raised in the borderlands, the director and producer says...

University of Arizona Partners with Sunnyside Unified School District to Launch Pathways to Teaching Program

Nov. 1, 2019

The Sunnyside Unified School District and University of Arizona College of Education have created a pathway for people affiliated with the Sunnyside District to enter the teaching profession via a 17-month, fast-track degree program, Pathways to Teaching. Upon completion, Pathways participants earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a K-8 teaching certificate and English as a Second Language Endorsement. The first cohort starts...

Bringing more diversity to the classroom

Nov. 1, 2019

The College of Education and TUSD formed a partnership to create Each One, Teach One – a program that seeks to bring more teachers of color into the field. Learn more in this KOLD feature .

Ben Anderson, a high school calculus teacher participates in Teachers in Industry during the summer.

Bringing employee experience in tech companies into the high school classroom

Aug. 8, 2019

As Arizona students head back to class in August, so too will a group of about 50 middle and high school teachers who spent the summer working in industry as part of the University of Arizona College of Education Teachers in Industry program. The business-education partnership is in its 11th year of placing experienced teachers in Arizona industries each summer.

Ben Anderson, a high school calculus teacher, has participated in the...

Rebecca Ballenger works with her students to prepare books for their silent books exhibit

Enriching our professional environment

July 10, 2019

Forbes Magazine recognizes UA as one of the best employers in Arizona. Employees like Rebecca Ballenger have something to do with it. Ballenger, Associate Director for Worlds of Words, inspires creativity and deep thought in her approach with students and interns. She goes beyond that by building relevant experiences for local school groups visiting the world-renowned international literature collection, as well as hosting workshops for...

Assistant Professor Leah Durán

Recognizing an Innovator in Bilingual Education

April 24, 2019

Assistant Professor Leah Durán is the recipient of the 2019 Urquides Laureate Award for her outstanding contributions in bilingual education on behalf of children. Experience teaching elementary school in bilingual and ESL classrooms in Texas drove Durán’s research to explore the relationship between language, literacy, and young children’s learning, with a focus on bilingual Latina/o children.

Durán served as the Richard Ruiz Scholar...

Worlds of Words Window Art

Opening worlds through pages in a book

April 10, 2019

As an expert in youth literature, professor Kathy Short has held a passion for books since she was a child. Worlds of Words , the country's largest collection of global children's books, has grown from that passion and Short’s desire to connect children and books.

This literature collection aims to build bridges across global cultures and acts as a training ground for preservice and classroom teachers to learn how to use more diverse...