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Globalizing the Common Core Reading List

June 19, 2019

The Common Core State Standards and their variations influence K-12 curriculum, particularly in the teaching of literacy, across the U.S. and internationally. Funded by the UA’s language resource center CERCLLKathy Short worked with the Common Core State Standards exemplar list to pair those recommendations with global fiction and nonfiction. Short also found...

Comp Hydro: Integrating Data Computation and Visualization to Build Model-based Water Literacy

June 19, 2019

High school science just got a little more meaningful. While learning about hydrologic systems, high school students will engage in using computer models to understand groundwater flow and use groundwater flow to understand computer modeling concepts.  Kristin L. Gunckel from UA collaborates with Colorado State University, University of Montana, and Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies on this research...

Designing with community in mind

June 19, 2019

Associate Professor Jill Castek is the principal investigator on a new project supported by the National Science Foundation on how best to develop inclusive studio-based learning environments. Castek and Assistant Professor Blaine Smith will be collaborating across campus with Kevin Bonine, Jennifer Nichols, and Leslie Sult from UA Biosphere 2, and the UA Libraries,...

Indigenous Teacher Education Project

June 19, 2019

The Indigenous Teacher Education Project (ITEP) is a 4-year project in partnership with the Gila River Indian Community, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, and Tucson Unified School District to strengthen the learning experiences of indigenous students by addressing the need to increase the number of Indigenous teachers serving Indigenous students, schools, and communities. The project is led...

Disrupting bullying behaviors

June 19, 2019

In an effort to provide teachers with curricular resources for incorporating anti-bullying lessons into social studies content, William SmithJina Yoon, and Charlotte Iurino are working to disrupt bullying behaviors in middle and high school. The initial phase of research includes outreach to social studies teachers, which was funded by the Smith...

How Adolescents Analyze Literature in Digital Environments

June 19, 2019

In this study, Blaine Smith closely examines 10th-grade students as they collaboratively create multimodal projects connected to literature in multilingual ELA classes. Findings from this project will advance the field in understanding how students’ literacy-learning is revealed, and how it travels and transforms across different modalities in digital environments. The outcome will also aid English...

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...

Pictured, left to right: Paola Cruz, Anna Gerwig, Alex Hulslander, Lacey Nehls

Engaging our community with literacy outreach

March 21, 2019

Worlds of Words is a feature of the children/teen section at the Tucson Festival of Books. The WOW booth at the festival promotes global understandings through children’s literature and invites community members to visit the collection to expand their knowledge on global perspectives. In order to connect with the community at the festival, Worlds of Words intern, Lacy Nehls and her team engaged patrons in a space theme, Take One Giant Leap by...

Wings in the Desert

March 20, 2019

Cooper Center for Environmental Learning was selected by the Angel Charity for Children for their $10,000 scholarship award. The impact of this award is tremendous and will fund overnight field trips at Cooper for 940 elementary students during the 2019-20 school year. These students from low-income schools and neighborhoods will have the opportunity...