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Sin Fronteras, Spring 2021

The University of Arizona Borderlands Education Center is proud to present monthly teacher collaboratives for regional teachers. Sin Fronteras is a teacher-led community of practice for leadership, induction, and recertification.

Sin Fronteras Spring 2021 Schedule:
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Mindfulness in Motion: From the Mat to the Classroom – 9:00 to 10:00 AM on appointed Saturdays Lauren Laudani, 13-year middle school teacher, ERYT 500 (www.laurenlivinyoga.com)
Now more than ever, students and teachers are experiencing a wide range of emerging mental and physical challenges. Throughout this series, participants can expect 50-minute sessions that tap into individual strength and stamina – both mentally and physically. Sessions will emphasize transferring methods of mindfulness and yoga into authentic experiences for teachers and students. Develop confidence and mental stability that translates to life off the mat and into classroom practice while increasing range of motion throughout your entire body. Sessions will include hip and shoulder mobility, balance, cultivating a disciplined breath, and much more as determined by the needs of participants. You will leave each session feeling stimulated from the inside out, with a handful of yoga poses to take with you when you go!

Recommended but not required materials include a yoga mat, a strap or tie, two blocks if available, and some open floor space (near a wall if possible!).

A New Cosmology for STEM Teaching and Learning10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on appointed Saturdays.
Eric Meyer, MA, UA M.Ed. Program Coordinator (https://new.coe.arizona.edu/person/eric-j-meyer)
STEM has traditionally been taught with very structured methods such as lecture and acquisition assessments. These teacher-centered, linear methods do not enlighten students to the true nature of STEM and do little to increase student interest. As the tides of Covid-19 wash and transform our educational landscape, we find ourselves in a uniquely exciting and opportune time to rethink our approaches to teaching and learning. A question posed by David Orr comes to mind ‘What is education for?’ These collaborations will explore new ways to ignite passion and relevancy for STEM students and teachers through student-centered inquiry-based models of learning. When students are able to explore something they are interested in, learning is not limited to within traditional classroom walls.

Whiteness1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on appointed Saturdays
Eric Meyer, MA, UA M.Ed. Program Coordinator (https://new.coe.arizona.edu/person/eric-j-meyer)
The discourse of race in America customarily involves pointing our eyes and ears toward people of color. In this series, we will turn the lens around and look straight at white America and the idea of whiteness itself. How has the meaning of white changed over the years and how does it function now? Why must whiteness be named? How does whiteness show up? Become more conscious about what is really going on and the social complicity that operates within us. Understand and take ownership of an oppressive system while developing the courage and capacity to question, challenge and dismantle it within your community and yourself.

 

  • For questions regarding this resource, please contact UA Borderlands Education Center: Sin Fronteras.