Published: January 3rd, 2019

Southwest Airlines & Phoenix Suns Heart of Freedom 7th Grade Art & Essay Contest



Southwest Airlines and the Phoenix Suns are teaming up again to bring your seventh-grade students the “Heart of Freedom” Art & Essay Contest! The contest is open to all seventh graders in Maricopa County, and it gives your students a chance to earn the field trip of a lifetime! This year, we will be traveling April 5, 2019 – April 8, 2019 to Houston, TX to tour one of our nation’s “Heart of Freedom.”

Ten (10) contest winners plus one (1) parent/legal guardian each will receive:

Round trip airfare on Southwest Airlines to Houston, TX

Hotel accommodations for a three night stay in Houston, TX (double occupancy)

Tours of national museums and historic landmarks

Tickets to the Phoenix Suns @ Houston Rockets game on April 7, 2019


To participate in the “Heart of Freedom” Art & Essay Contest, each student must submit:

1) An artwork entry that depicts what a symbol of freedom means to him/her

2) An original essay with his/her artwork

3) Release paperwork completed by the student’s parent or guardian

All submissions must be delivered to the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena by 4:00pm Friday, February 8th, 2019.

Ten (10) lucky artists will be selected to take the trip to Houston, TX and will be notified no later than Friday, February 15, 2019. Traveling instructions and trip details will be provided once the winners are notified.

Those who are selected as winners will have their artwork displayed at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport during the week of April 1, 2019.

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your seventh grade students! We encourage you to speak with your seventh-grade art, history, and/or homeroom teachers as soon as possible to get your students involved in this opportunity. Please contact us with any questions and help to make this “American dream” come true for your seventh graders!



Lexi Muller, Southwest Airlines

Stephanie Lovingood, Phoenix Suns

SWA Heart of Freedom Guidelines 2018-19

SWA Heart of Freedom Essay Form 2018-19

SWA Heart of Freedom Student Release Form 2018-19





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Published: December 27th, 2018

FREE PD on Teaching American Indian History

ADE, the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Indian School Visitor’s Center, and the Maricopa Community Colleges District are offering a full day of FREE professional development for educators. The training is worth 7 hours and will take place on Saturday January 5th from 8:30am-4:00pm. Take advantage of this opportunity to familiarize yourself with ways to teach American Indian History through the history and social science standards and gain tools you can take back to the classroom! The training will take place in the newly remodeled visitors center in the Steele Indian School Park.


Registration link: https://ems.azed.gov/HOME/CALENDAR?SD=6124

For more information see flyer: Teaching American Indian History 12_10_18




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Published: December 26th, 2018

Musical Instrument Museum Offers FREE Professional Development for Educators

Take advantage of these FREE opportunities to learn creative ways to integrate music into your classroom through Saturday workshops offered at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)!

Saturday, January 12, 2019  |  1:00–3:00 p.m. Free for educators New activities for 2018–2019! Learn new, musical ways to bring culture into the classroom! Engage students in grades 3–12 through games, projects, and writing and discussion prompts that will empower them to investigate material culture from the museum’s collections.

Saturday, January 12, 2019  |  10:00 a.m.–noon Free for educators New activities for 2018–2019! Musical play enhances development in young children. Early childhood (from birth through age 8) educators will learn how to engage students in observation, discussion, and play based on MIM’s collection.

Saturday, February 16, 2019  |  10:00 a.m.–noon and 1:00–3:00 p.m. Free for educators Discover how MIM’s collections can support embedded STEM + music learning in your classroom! Engage students in grades K–12 through hands-on, STEM-centered games, projects, and investigations to help them gain an understanding of STEM principles.  Activities support learning and inquiry across a variety of disciplines from art and design to engineering and computer programming.

  • 10:00 a.m.–noon Focus: Basic concepts of sound wave energy, musical instrument design, and organology for grades K–12
  • 1:00–3:00 p.m. Focus: Basic concepts of acoustic resonance, electronic amplification, and music technology for grades 3–12

Educators can register (recommended but not required) at:


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Published: December 12th, 2018

Fostering Global Competence in the Classroom: Borderlands Cultures

Arizona State Museum and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access are offering a FREE educator workshop on January 25 & 26th 2019. The workshop connects teachers with Mexican and Yaqui primary source materials, tradition bearers, stories, and songs. Participants gain access to Smithsonian and ASM digital resources and classroom tools, and create their own lesson plans.


The workshop is open to educators (grades 4-12), pre-service teachers, school librarians, and curriculum developers. Participants earn a $50 stipend and 11.5 professional development hours. Space is limited register now at: http://www.schoolspimagov.wildapricot.org/event-3126145

For more information see flyer below:

ASM and Smithsonian Workshop_EMAIL


Posted in Opportunities, Spotlight, Uncategorized |
Published: December 11th, 2018

“We Are Arizona” Artwork Entries Due Friday

There are three days remaining for 4th grade classrooms or grade bands to submit an entry for the “We Are Arizona!” collaborative visual arts competition.

The winning 4th grade class (or grade level) will receive an awesome arts-based award including but not limited to: field trips, arts engagement opportunities provided by professional teaching artists, and more!

All participating schools will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and have their art work professionally displayed at the Sonoran Arts League Gallery from Feb. 14, 2019 to Feb. 25, 2019. Adjudicators are looking to see student voice and understanding of Arizona history and standards in each submission. Contest entries will be displayed at the Arizona Department of Education from February 26th through March and will be available for pick up Wednesday May 1, 2019 through Friday May 24, 2019 at 5pm. Artwork not retrieved will be added to the Arizona Department of Education’s permanent collection.

To enter:

  1. Create a collaborative art work inspired by the theme “We Are Arizona” within your 4th grade classroom or across the grade level.
  2. Submit the entry form and attach a photograph of the entry
  3. Attach appropriate display labels. (Artwork not properly labeled will not be adjudicated.)
  4. Drop off or mail artwork to the Arizona Department of Education by 5pm on Friday December 14, 2018. (For artwork larger than the size of a refrigerator, please contact the Arizona Department of Education to arrange adequate storage before display).


Arizona Department of Education

“We Are Arizona” Contest, Bin 32

Attn: Dustin Loehr, Arts Education Director

1535 W. Jefferson St.

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Contest entries must be received at the Arizona Department of Education by 5pm Friday, December 14, 2018. All artwork must be submitted by a school representative (classroom teacher, visual arts teacher, arts coordinator, principal, school leadership, etc.).

Read the full rules and guidelines and don’t miss your chance to enter the competition today! Questions? Contact Haley Honeman, Arts Education Specialist [email protected] 602.542.5179.

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