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UA Borderlands Education Center: Sin Fronteras

September 24, 2022

Sin Fronteras PD Sessions: Saturday, September 24th, 2022

1140 N Colombo Ave., Sierra Vista, AZ or via ZOOM


Project-Based Learning; Students, Community and Place-Based Learning

  • September 24th, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Rachel Carpenter, Leslie Ferre, & Melany Coates, Noyce Borderlands Master Teacher Fellows

Join us as we explore how to build connections between students and community by facilitating real world engagement involving relevant culture, history, and current issues related to STEM. In our first session, participants will define the meaning of community to build and deepen our understanding of our own identity and purpose within different levels of the community. Before joining us, we ask you to think about and identify the various communities that you are a part of, and bring your sense of purpose and commonality within those groups of people with diverse characteristics.


Agrivoltaics; Engaging Students in STEM Field Practices with Agrivoltaics

  • September 24th, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
  • Benjamin Davis, Mark Ortega, & Tim Malan, Noyce Borderlands Master Teacher Fellows

Join a teacher-leading-teacher professional learning community and earn access to agrivoltaic kits for your classroom as we continue exploring how Agrivoltaics can provide sustainable solutions for global challenges involving food, energy, and water. In this session we plan to continue our discussion from this summer’s Agrivoltaics Institute at the Biosphere 2. How do you plan to use your kits in the classroom? Does the shared curriculum resource work for your age-group? What modifications and support will you need? Participants from this summer’s Agrivoltaics Institute are encouraged to attend, but other teachers are welcome to join.


Math Teacher Circles; Elevating the Use of Graphic Organizers to Maximize Student Engagement

  • September 24th, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
  • Charles Collingwood, Blais Cross, Elizabeth Doran, & Nathan Sendgikoski, Noyce Borderlands Master Teacher Fellows

Are your students tired of using the same old graphic organizer? Are you looking for fresh new ways to capture your students’ attention? Come join us as we explore better uses of graphic organizers that enhance student dialogue, engagement, and reflection. See you there!


Grant Writing

  • September 24th, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
  • Melanie Greene & Elizabeth Doran, Noyce Borderlands Master Teacher Fellow

Join successful grant writer, Melanie Greene, to answer your questions and concerns about grant writing. Melanie will provide instruction on how to write grant proposals to get supplies, support activities in your classroom, and fund your professional development. Please prepare by reviewing Melanie’s ‘Grant Writing for Teachers’ document to become familiar with some basic grant writing information and help develop your ideas and questions.


Tucson Values Teachers is providing limited scholarships for educators to attend PD opportunities, if you are interested, click here for more information

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