Tuesday, November 18

Tuesday Sessions At a Glance

Registration and Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Breakout Sessions 8:00 am – 9:15 am

Federal Program Directors’ Meeting – Planning the Budget – Budgeting the Plan
Nancy Konitzer, Deputy Associate Superintendent of Title I and Consolidated Activities, Arizona Department of Education
Title I Program Specialists, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon A-C
Session Description
During this session, Federal Program Directors will learn the keys to ensuring positive outcomes in meeting the needs of students, teachers and parents while planning their Consolidated ESEA budget and aligning the budget to their Continuous Improvement Plan.

Presenter Information
Nancy Konitzer
is currently the Deputy Associate Superintendent for Title I and ESEA Consolidated Activities at the Arizona Department of Education. She is a former teacher and school administrator. Nancy currently is serving on the National Title I Association Board of Directors.

Focused Support for Freshman Success   +
Alissa Welch, Principal, Sunnyside Freshman Academy
Rosemary Rosas, Principal, Desert View Freshman Academy
Session Location: Santa Rita
Session Description
Freshman year is often the make or break year for graduation. Sunnyside has embraced the challenges of freshmen and designed an Academy program that supports all students with a focus on data, digital curriculum, integrated instruction, relevance and relationships.

Presenter Information
Alissa Welch
enters her fourth year as the Freshman Academy principal with a plan to ensure that each freshman matriculates to the sophomore year. Her systems encompass academic interventions as well as relevance for students; her advocacy extends to teachers and creates a culture for innovators to lead the way to high student achievement.
Handout:   PowerPoint

Journey to becoming a STEAM School   +
JoAnne Bindell, Principal, Mountain View Elementary, Humboldt Unified
Dr. Terri Matteson, Principal, Glassford Hill Middle School, Humboldt Unified
Session Location: Executive Board Room
Session Description
What does STEAM education look like in the elementary and middle school setting? This workshop will help you to define STEAM for your school and give you first steps to creating a viable, integrated program. You will leave with an action plan model.

Presenter Information
JoAnne Bindell
has been an educator for over 20 years serving children in poverty and those with special needs. For the last five years she has established a STEAM program.
Handouts:   PowerPoint   |   Frayer Model.docx   |   Action Plan.doc   |   Approach Model   |   Diagram   |   Steam Matrix   |   Stem: Good jobs now and for the future

Making the Shift from Paper to Digital – Focus Group   Repeat Session
Jason Bass, Manager, K – 12 Solutions, Amazon
Cathy Poplin, Independent Consultant/AzTEA Board of Directors
Session Location: Coronado – Computer Lab
Session Description
How is your district or school making the transition from print to digital? What is needed to make this happen? What digital tools can help facilitate this transition? Come learn about how Amazon is innovating in this area.

Presenter Information
Jason Bass
is a Manager in the K-12 Solutions group at Amazon. Jason has more than 16 years of experience in the publishing/education industry building education products. Prior to Amazon Jason worked at Gale/Cengage learning where he managed the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Infotrac Journal Research databases, and built the award winning On-Line Grzimeks Animal Life Encyclopedia.

Native American History Instruction in Existing Curricula: Purpose and Praxis
Cynthia Benally, Faculty, Diné College
Session Location: Sabino
Session Description
Native peoples have historically been overlooked in society and education. Arizona mandates require instruction about NA history in existing curricula as way to highlight and appreciate Native peoples, especially those of Arizona. The policies will be introduced and examples will be provided on how to integrate into all Arizona classrooms.

Presenter Information
Cynthia Benally, Ed.D,
is a National Board Certified Teacher. She’s taught K-5 for nearly 20 years and currently on faculty at Diné College.

STEAM-POWERED Civic Learning
John Balentine, Professional Development Specialist, Manager-Civic Engagement, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Rincon
Session Description
In this interactive session, we will share examples of STEAM-POWERED civic learning through the Arizona Department of Education’s innovative Excellence in Civic Engagement Program (ECEP). Participants will explore ways to make connections between STEAM subjects and civic learning to better engage and inform their own students.

Presenter Information
John Balentine
has worked for over 25 years directly or indirectly helping students be prepared for College, Career and Civic Life. He is currently a Professional Development Specialist and Manager of Civic Engagement for the Arizona Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education Unit.

Breakout Sessions 9:30 – 10:45 am

All Students Can Learn… Everyday!
Brad Paes, Burk Elementary School, Gilbert Public Schools
Bonnie Wadsworth, Reading Specialist, Gilbert Public Schools
Jill Burdge, Math Specialist, Gilbert Public Schools
Session Location: Rincon
Session Description
Through the use of Data Meetings, Smart Goals, PLC’s Intervention Times and an Aftershool Program, we are able to plan and customize the education of our Students. Weekly Professional Development, where teachers present to their peers, has been an effective tool in sharing Best Practices with one another.

Presenter Information
Brad Paes
is a graduate of Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. He has been Principal at Burk for 12 years. Mr. Paes also served as Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at the Jr. High for 3 years, as well as was a sixth grade teacher for 15 years.

Making the Shift from Paper to Digital – Focus Group   Repeat Session
Jason Bass, Manager, K – 12 Solutions, Amazon
Cathy Poplin, Independent Consultant/AzTEA Board of Directors
Session Location: Coronado – Computer Lab
Session Description
How is your district or school making the transition from print to digital? What is needed to make this happen? What digital tools can help facilitate this transition? Come learn about how Amazon is innovating in this area.

Presenter Information
Jason Bass
is a Manager in the K-12 Solutions group at Amazon. Jason has more than 16 years of experience in the publishing/education industry building education products. Prior to Amazon Jason worked at Gale/Cengage learning where he managed the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Infotrac Journal Research databases, and built the award winning On-Line Grzimeks Animal Life Encyclopedia.

Observing the Standards of Mathematical Practice in K-12 Classrooms   +
Suzi Mast, Director of Mathematics, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Executive Board Room
Session Description
This session will allow participants to make connections between mathematics instruction observations and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The AZCCRS in Mathematics will be addressed with integration of the Standards for Mathematical Practice within instructional practices. Classrooms videos will be analyzed using an observation tool that highlights the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Presenter Information
Suzi Mast
is the Director of K-12 Mathematics Standards and Educational Technology at the Arizona Department of Education.
Handout:   PowerPoint

Reaching for the Stars Through National Board Certification
Alaina Adams, NBCT, National Board Project Director, Arizona K12 Center
Beth Driscoll, NBCT, Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Sabino
Session Description
For educators and schools in Arizona, National Board Certification can impact and influence the professional culture of a school community and increase student achievement. In this session, learn about the newly revised National Board Certification process and support available from the Arizona K12 Center.

Presenter Information
Alaina Adams
is a former high school English Language Arts teacher and National Board Certified Teacher. She is now the National Board Project Director at the Arizona K12 Center.
Beth Driscoll is a former elementary educator from the Madison School District and a National Board Certified Teacher. She is now a Program Specialist at the Arizona Department of Education.

Rethinking Informational Text
Pam Betten, Executive Director of Digital Learning, Sunnyside Unified School District
Arlynn Godinez, Director of Curriculum and Programs, Superior Unified School District
Session Location: Santa Rita
Session Description
Participants will have a deeper understanding of the ELA standards for Informational Text and how the clusters are structured to support instruction. An understanding of which will enable participants to guide teachers to recognize that these standards require something different instructionally.

Presenter Information
Pam Betten
has worked extensively in curriculum development with AZCCRS, has been a part of the ADE Educator Leader Cadre and has presented at the local, state and national level.

The Cycle Shop- A Hands-On Workshop for ESEA Cycles 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6  +
Joan Curtis,
Monitoring Manager, Arizona Department of Education
Title I, Migrant Education, Gifted Education and Comparability Program Specialists, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Catalina Ballroom
Session Description
Heads Up! Are you ready to take a ride with us? Come join us in “The Cycle Shop” as we ride the circuit around the room to help you with your cycle monitoring! Bring your laptop and downshift to the cycle you need help with or questions that we can assist you with. You will be popp’n a wheelie with joy to know that your cycle monitoring mission for FY15 can be done with expert help and will be smooth cruising from here on out!

Presenter Information
Joan Curtis M.Ed.
has been an educator for over 20 years. She has taught Middle and High School Spanish and English Language Learner classes for both adults and teens. Currently, she is the ESEA Monitoring Manager and REAP Coordinator for ADE. Over the past years at ADE, Joan has worked in Title I and Migrant Education Programs.
Handouts:   Cycle Monitoring   |   Cycle 1   |   Cycle 2   |   Cycle 3   |   Cycle 5   |   Cycle 6

The Joys of Going Google: Apps, Drive and the World of Chrome   Repeat Session
Frank McCormick, Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Sunnyside Unified School District
Javier Baca, I.T. Director, Sunnyside Unified School District
Robert Calderon, Network Systems Administrator, Sunnyside Unified School District
Session Location: Salon C
Session Description
Since introducing their Google Apps for Education domain environment two years ago, Google is redefining the possibilities of technology integration for schools and districts, both large and small. Come see how the lower cost, ease of management and scalability of Google Chromebooks can change your school today!

Presenter Information
Frank McCormick
is currently the Coordinator for Instructional Technology at the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson Arizona and has presented at both the regional and national level on the subject of technology integration in schools. He is a former high school and middle school teacher who has also served as a technology coach and trainer at both the site and district level.

This Coaching Observation Instrument is the New Black: One of Arizona’s Rising Stars for Title I Schools   Repeat Session   +
Dr. Janice Johnson,
REIL-TNG Program Director, Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA)
Suzanne Hofmann, REIL-TNG Field Specialist, MCESA
Rebecca Willey, REIL-TNG Field Specialist, MCESA
Session Location: Salon B
Session Description
As part of a TIF4 alliance, 11 Title I districts/LEAS came together and researched best practices to create a coaching evaluation tool that, when aligned to the evaluation expectations of the teacher and school leader, significantly increase ongoing student academic progress. Extensive professional development plays an integral role in the implementation success of the instrument and to the increases in student academic progress.

Presenter Information
Dr. Johnson,
as director of MCESA’s Teacher Incentive Fund, supports Title I districts in the implementation of successful rubric-based observation instruments for teachers, coaches, and leaders.
Handouts:   The COI is the new Black   |   Coaching Observation   |   Leading Observation

Lunch ~ Kiva Ballroom 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Welcome: Superintendent John Huppenthal
Keynote Speaker: Dr. JoAnn Deak

“A Look at the Current Brain Research: Important Windows of Neuro-sensitivity in the First Two Decades of Life – a brief journey!”

Breakout Sessions 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

A Culture of Student Achievement – It takes a Village
Cole Young, Director of Educational Services, Humboldt Unified School District
Maureen Holt, Reading Specialist, Humboldt Elementary School
Gwendolynn Walton, Instructional Specialist, Humboldt Elementary School
Session Location: Sabino
Session Description
Humboldt Elementary is utilizing the concepts of motivation to reinforce student achievement. Session participants will learn how to create a school-based incentive program, anchored in individual student data/personal goals. A system sustained through a school-wide reward structure reinforces students’ desire for personal achievement and promotes continuous academic growth, regardless of current performance level.

Presenter Information
Cole Young
has been in education for 20+ years. Humboldt Elementary has gone from a school that the state was prepared to take over ten years ago to a nationally award-winning accredited elementary school under his leadership.
Maureen Holt Reading Specialist, has been in education for 20+ years.
Gwendolynn Walton Instructional Specialist, has been in education for 18 years

Inspiring Title I Students through an Integrated Science /Technology Summer Camp   +
Mary Ellertson,
Title I Coordinator, Scottsdale Unified School District
RaeAnn Fox, Vice President of Programs, Arizona Science Center
Session Location: Rincon
Session Description
The Scottsdale Unified School District and Arizona Science Center will be sharing information on creating an Integrated Science/Technology Summer Camp for Title I students. The presentation will share successes and how you can replicate this program in your district.

Presenter Information
Mary Ellertson
has worked in the field of education for 23 years. For the last 6 years, she has been the Title I Coordinator in the Scottsdale Unified School District.
RaeAnn Fox is the Vice President of Programs at Arizona Science Center. Prior to her work at the Science Center, she worked in a K-8 district for 17 years.
Handouts:   PowerPoint   |   Summer Camp

Making the Shift from Paper to Digital Math Solutions – Focus Group
Mark Wojciechowski, Senior Director Partnership Development, Amazon
Charles Canosa, Senior Director Partnership Development, Amazon
Session Location: Coronado – Computer Lab
Session Description
How is your district or school making the transition to the new Math standards? What is needed to make this happen? What digital tools can help facilitate this transition? Come learn about how Amazon is innovating in this area.

Presenter Information
Mark Wojciechowski
is a Senior Director with TenMarks/Amazon. Mark taught K thru College for 10 years in CA with most of his tenure at the middle school level with EL Learners and Special Education. He has worked in the publishing/education/tech industry for the last 9 years. Whether it’s in the classroom or in business, Mark has a particular passion for student equity and students with special needs.

Preparing for Your ESEA Cycle 4 On-site Monitoring Visit   +
Joan Curtis, ESEA Monitoring Manager, Arizona Department of Education
Jean Lewis, Director, State & Federal Programs, Marana Unified SD
Harriet Caruso, Career Success Schools
Pat Riley, Director of Academic Support/Federal Programs, Crane Elementary SD
Session Location: Salon B & C
Session Description
During this session participates will review the ESEA Cycle 4 On-site monitoring requirements. Each compliance item in Cycle 4 and audience questions will be addressed by ADE staff and a panel of expert Title I Coordinators from the field.

Presenter Information
Joan Curtis M.Ed.
has been an educator for over 20 years. She has taught Middle and High School Spanish and English Language Learner classes for both adults and teens. Currently, she is the ESEA Monitoring Manager and REAP Coordinator for ADE. Over the past years at ADE, Joan has worked in Title I and Migrant Education Programs.
Handouts:   Cycle Monitoring   |   Cycle 4   |   Additional Info for Cycle 4 visit   |   Cycle 4 Entrance Conference Guidance   |   Sample agenda.doc

Principal Evaluation: Developing and Supporting Strong School Leadership   +
Susan Poole, Education Program Specialist, Effective Teachers and Leaders, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Catalina Ballroom
Session Description
LEAs need to support and develop strong and effective school leaders. Through interactive large and small group activities, participants will explore the ADE Principal Evaluation Model. During this session the templates, observation rubrics, and process needed to provide principals with feedback will be introduced. The ADE Principal Evaluation Model provides the legal parameters and state requirement for principal evaluation statewide. At the end of the session participants will be able to plan and prepare for implementing the robust principal evaluation process that will lead to effective school-based leadership.

Presenter Information
Susan Poole
is currently an Education Program Specialist with ADE, working in the Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders Division, specializing in Principal Evaluation. Susan has 30 years of educational experience, twenty of those years as a middle school principal. Susan has a deep love for educating children and a passion for school-based leadership.
Handouts:   PowerPoint   |   Principal Evaluation Process   |   “Great Principals at Scale” article

Session Description
Whether looking at the hiring practices of global corporations, or the new CLA+ testing being employed by universities to measure probable success of their graduates, core strength, confidence and competence are the new gold standard of achievement. New research is providing insight into important developmental timelines in experiential learning and plasticity of certain brain regions that enhance the growth of these characteristics.

Presenter Information
JoAnne Deak, Ph.D.
has spent more than thirty years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults. The latter half of that period has also focused on working with adults, parents and teachers in their roles as guides or significant ‘brain sculptors’ of children. On her website is a quote that best describes her perspective on her work. “Every interaction a child has, during the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become.”

The Coaching Voice: Strategies for Effective Instructional Feedback   Repeat Session   +
Scott Maxwell, Director of School Improvement and Intervention, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Executive Board Room
Session Description
This presentation will provide instructional leaders with a series of frameworks on how to provide teachers effective instructional feedback. Participants will learn strategies, from targeted questioning to “on the spot” practice techniques, to support teachers to identify core instructional issues and develop concrete action steps to address those concerns.

Presenter Information
Scott Maxwell
is Director of Evaluation and Cross-Divisional Collaboration for the Arizona Department of Education’s School Improvement and Intervention unit.
Handout:   PowerPoint

What are the Skills Students Need in Today’s Workplace?
John Balentine, Professional Development Specialist and Manager of Civic Engagement, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Santa Rita
Session Description
Are your students being equipped with the skills needed to be employed in today’s workplace? In this informative and interactive session, participants will discover the skills Arizona’s industry and business leaders are looking for in prospective employees. In addition, each participant will receive a tool they can use to teach and enforce these skills in their own classrooms.

Presenter Information
John Balentine
has worked for over 25 years directly or indirectly helping students be prepared for College, Career and Civic Life. He is currently a Professional Development Specialist and Manager of Civic Engagement for the Arizona Department of Education.

Breakout Sessions 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards and the Arts – opportunities for collaboration   +
Lynn Tuttle, Director of Arts Education, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Santa Rita
Session Description
Come learn how the Az College and Career Ready Standards can be supported in the classrooms of your art, music, dance and theatre teachers. Learn about new research from The College Board showing the connections between the AzCCR Standards and the Arts, and learn examples of how Arizona arts educators support the new literacy and numeracy standards in their daily instructional practice.

Presenter Information
Lynn Tuttle
is Director of Arts Education at the Arizona Department of Education. Her duties include acting as a liaison to the state’s arts educators; providing professional development in Arizona’s Academic Arts Standards, arts assessment and arts integration; and promoting quality arts education programs in Arizona’s schools.
Handout:   PowerPoint

Arizona’s Education Technology: Saving LEAs Time and Money
Mark T. Masterson, Chief Information Officer, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon B & C
Session Description
After ADE surveyed Arizona’s LEAs to design a new statewide data system for educators, by educators, widespread implementation of that system has now begun. Learn what benefits are already occurring throughout the state for teachers and administrators, as well as how LEAs can take advantage of these innovative initiatives today.

Presenter Information
Mark T. Masterson
ADE’s CIO, was named a Computerworld 2014 Premier 100 IT Leaders honoree for his exceptional leadership and innovation in technology.

Help! There’s a Teacher Shortage!   +
Eric Brooks, Effective Teachers and Leaders Director, Arizona Department of Education
Virginia Stodola, Effective Teachers and Leaders Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Joan Curtis, ESEA Monitoring Manager, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Salon A
Session Description
We have all heard it said that we are in the midst of a teacher shortage. Arizona is having difficulty retaining quality teachers. In schools with low teacher turnover rate what we find is a productive school culture that values teachers input of their work environment, honors their knowledge in their content area, and where instructional conversations are geared toward honing and improving classroom instruction.

Presenter Information
Eric Brooks,
Director of Effective Teachers and Leaders unit, has been with the Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders Division at the Arizona Department of Education since 2008. The unit is most proud of its recent two year pilot project with 16 schools around the state as they crafted and devised systematic ways to answer the call for a stronger system of Principal & Teacher Efficacy.
Handout:   PowerPoint

Making the Shift from Paper to Digital – Focus Group   Repeat Session
Jason Bass, Manager, K – 12 Solutions, Amazon
Cathy Poplin, Independent Consultant/AzTEA Board of Directors
Session Location: Coronado – Computer Lab
Session Description
How is your district or school making the transition from print to digital? What is needed to make this happen? What digital tools can help facilitate this transition? Come learn about how Amazon is innovating in this area.

Presenter Information
Jason Bass
is a Manager in the K-12 Solutions group at Amazon. Jason has more than 16 years of experience in the publishing/education industry building education products. Prior to Amazon Jason worked at Gale/Cengage learning where he managed the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Infotrac Journal Research databases, and built the award winning On-Line Grzimeks Animal Life Encyclopedia.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program Compliance   +
Frank Migali, State Coordinator for Homeless & Refugee Education, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Rincon
Session Description
This session will provide an opportunity for Federal Programs Directors, LEA Title I Staff and McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaisons to learn about maintaining compliance of your McKinney-Vento Homeless Education program as it pertains to Cycle 1 & Cycle 4 monitoring. This session will provide pertinent details about the compliance requirements and what exactly ADE Title I staff is looking for in the Cycle 1 & 4 monitoring.

Presenter Information
Frank Migali
has been with the Arizona Department of Education since the fall of 2003 and currently serves as the State Coordinator for Homeless Education. During his time at ADE, he has worked extensively with many special populations including, Indian Education, Migrant Education, Gifted Education, Refugee Education and McKinney-Vento Homeless Education. Frank serves as an appointed member of the Governors Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers. Frank serves as Vice-President to the Board of Directors for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY). Frank has Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western International University and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.
Handout:   PowerPoint

Now THAT’S a Good Question! Questions 4 Cognitive Rigor   +
Melissa Yapo, Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction, Agua Fria Union High School District
Jennifer Gardner, Instructional Specialist, Agua Fria Union High School District
Gretchen Hann, District ELA/Reading/ELL Content Specialist, Agua Fria Union High School District
Erik M. Francis, Professional Education Specialist, Maverik Education LLC
Session Location: Catalina Ballroom
Session Description
What is a good question – or rather, how does a good question prompt students think deeply about what they are learning? Learn how to develop good questions using a questioning framework that challenges and engages students think critically, creatively, and strategically; examine and explore deeply; and communicate clearly their deeper knowledge, understanding, and awareness using oral, written, creative, or technical expression.

Presenter Information
Melissa Yapo
currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Agua Fria Union High School District and previously served for 3 years as the ELL Director for the district. She was a classroom teacher for 8 years, 2 as a Special Education teacher and 6 as a French teacher with students ranging from the beginning level up to the Advanced Placement level.
Handout:   PowerPoint

School Improvement 101: How to Get Out or Stay Out   Repeat Session
Robert Gray, Director of School Improvement, Arizona Department of Education
Devon Isherwood, Director of School Improvement, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Executive Boardroom
Session Description
This session will provide insight into the four different categories of school improvement status and what this means for school improvement planning. While we will cover the basics of Priority, Focus and Pre-Intervention status, the best practices and mindsets needed to improve outcomes for students will be explored.

Presenter Information
Robert Gray
has been with School Improvement for eight years and currently serves as a Director. He has been deeply involved in both Federal and State accountability processes at the state department level. has been with School Improvement for eight years and currently serves as a Director. He has been deeply involved in both Federal and State accountability processes at the state department level.

The Application – Plan –Monitoring Cycle: Get the Big Picture   +
Nadine Groenig, Education Program Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Session Location: Sabino
Session Description
Through guidance documents, PowerPoint presentations, and fun activities, I will provide a clearer picture of the fiscal and programmatic requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. These new resources have already shown an improvement in the results we are getting at ADE.

Presenter Information
Nadine Groenig
is a Title I Education Program Specialist with 13 years at the ADE. She creates guidance documents and provides annual training to LEAs and Title I staff.
Handout:   PowerPoint

★ Special Event 7:00 pm ★

Starry, Starry Night
Alan Strauss, Director, UA Steward Observatory Mount Lemmon SkyCenter
Rebecca Lipson, Education Coordinator, UA Sky School
Session Location: Kiva Ballroom
Session Description
The session will begin with a short 10 minute talk about the University of Arizona Sky School, an immersive residential science school focusing on core UA science areas such as sky island ecology, biology, geology and astronomy. Following the talk, participants will have the opportunity to view the night skies through telescopes and see firsthand stars, star clusters, galaxies, and other objects that inspire sky school students nightly.

Presenter Information
Alan Strauss
is the director of the UA Sky School and Mt. Lemmon Sky Center. He earned his doctorate from the University of Arizona’s College of Education, and has over 18 years administrative experience and 10 years teaching experience at the university. He also has a strong background in amateur astronomy and outdoor education especially with persons with disabilities and at-risk youth.
Rebecca Lipson is the education coordinator of the UA Sky School and a current NOAA Climate Steward. She has taught 6-8th grade students for over 7 years as a general education science and math teacher and special education teacher in public schools. With a B.A in biology, it is among her top goals to immerse students in the process of scientific discovery by providing genuine inquiry opportunities and field experiences.

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Updated 11/18/2014