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Tax season is here, and that means like any year, Tax– particularly those filing without the help of a professional – will be exposed to a number of complexities when filing before the April 15 deadline.
Two programs at Marana High School have made the school safer. A Marana High student was arrested last Thursday after allegedly talking about “shooting up the school” the day before.
With its multitude of banjos, myriad of ukuleles, and mass of every other staple instrument under the sun, The Folk Shop on 2525 N. Campbell Ave. has become somewhat of a local legend, appealing to professional virtuosos and first-time musicians alike.
Elementary School in the Marana Unified School District and Laguna Elementary School in the Flowing Wells Unified School District. On Saturday, December 13, 2014 Roadrunner Elementary School students will have the unique opportunity to be treated to a shopping spree and holiday luncheon sponsored by the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815. Joining them will be members from Casas Adobes Elks Lodge #2663 who will shop with Laguna Elementary School students prior to a holiday party at their lodge.
Young, Vibrant, Audacious! Arizona Friends of Chamber Music (AFCM) presents The Pacifica Quartet on December 10th and 11th. The concert includes the incomparable clarinetist, Anthony McGill, as he collaborates with the Pacifica on Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581. Anthony McGill is the Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic. The combination of the Pacifica, which has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today, and Anthony McGill, who is recognized as one of the classical music world’s leading solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians, promises a perfect concert.
The Marana Unified School District, like most school districts, frowns upon bullying, violence and substance abuse. Unlike many districts MUSD is trying to go the extra mile to do something about it.
The National Cancer Institute has awarded the University of Arizona Cancer Center a $1.8 million grant to continue training cancer researchers for the future.
Call it luck, call it fate, call it whatever you want, but when Coyote Trail educator Sue Richey was honored for 40-years of service in the Marana Unified School District last week and number of different things had to happen to get her to that point.
The Marana Unified School District senior leadership and Marana Schools’ 2340 Foundation recognized Sue Richey for her 40 years of teaching during a surprise celebration on Sept. 30 at Coyote Trail Elementary School.
University of Arizona Police Officer Andrew Lincowski joined planetary scientists at NASA this summer to search for exoplanets that might have the potential to harbor life.
The University of Arizona is helping to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, as one of just eight sites in the United States chosen to participate in a major national STEM education initiative.
In June 2013, the Association of American Universities announced that the UA and seven other project sites would receive grant funding through the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, which was established to address a nationwide demand to improve STEM education and to retain more majors and expand the workforce in STEM fields.
Since then, the UA has made important progress with course redesigns and faculty programs intended to make STEM teaching and learning more engaging.
"We need more STEM majors," said Gail Burd, UA senior vice provost for academic affairs and a principal investigator on the UA's AAU grant. "A lot of evidence points to a loss of students from STEM majors because of the way they're being taught. These are hard subjects, and if it's not engaging and it's hard, students drift away."
Under the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, which is funded by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the UA established the UA-AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project — a comprehensive, interdisciplinary effort intended to expand STEM-related collaborations, curricula and funding opportunities.
Funded through 2016, the UA-AAU STEM Project saw a number of successes in its first year.
Course redesigns promote active learning
Under the leadership of John Pollard, the UA's director of general chemistry, andVicente A. Talanquer, a chemistry and biochemistry professor, a foundational UA chemistry course has been restructured to more actively engage students.
The redesigned "Chemical Thinking" course, in development for three years, debuted this fall to more than 2,400 students in general chemistry, course 151. It incorporates more group-based discussions, problem-solving activities and other forms of active engagement, with less than 10 minutes of the hourlong class devoted to traditional lecture.
Students in an earlier pilot of the course reported better information retention and overall satisfaction with the redesigned course compared to traditional chemistry classes. This fall, four additional instructors are teaching general chemistry using the revamped curriculum for the first time.
"We are working to understand challenges and successes these new faculty might have to implementing the new curriculum with more active and engaged instructional approaches," Burd said.
Modeled after the chemistry course's success, a similar redesign is being introduced in a foundational UA biology class this semester. Meanwhile, the University's introductory course in computer programming for engineering applications has been restructured to include lab time and to emphasize student participation.
New instructional approaches also were introduced in a pilot general physics course last spring, with students reporting positive results in learning outcomes. A redesign also is in the works for the UA's introductory chemical engineering course.
Learning communities, workshops encourage teaching differently
As part of the effort to make STEM classes more engaging, the University has launched professional development opportunities intended to get instructors to think about teaching in new ways.
About 30 STEM faculty members participated in Faculty Learning Communities last year, in which they were tasked to come up with two weeklong engagement activities to teach in their classrooms each semester.
The University also launched a series of "Teaching Talks" and a three-hour workshop, specifically geared toward STEM educators on campus.
"The goal is to stretch beyond those five redesigned introductory courses and change the culture around the way we're teaching all STEM courses," Burd said.
Additional workshops and talks will take place in the coming year, including a daylong workshop with an architect and an expert on learning spaces that will look at how faculty can make the best use of physical spaces to make them more engaging.
As part of that workshop, Pollard will spend a week or two teaching in a nontraditional space — a redesigned journal reading room in the Science and Engineering Library.
As the UA continues to forge new territory in STEM education, it is carefully tracking and analyzing its efforts to determine their effectiveness. Postdoctoral student Jonathan Coxis helping to lead that ongoing assessment, beginning with the redesigned general chemistry course, Burd said. Jane Hunter, an associate professor of practice in the UA's Office of Instruction and Assessment, also has joined the AAU project to provide project support and management.
Other goals for the UA-AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project, Burd said, include establishing a teaching symposium and developing and expanding teaching awards that recognize and financially reward outstanding STEM educators on campus.
In addition to Burd, the UA-AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project leaders include co-principal investigators Deb Tomanek, associate vice provost for instruction and assessment; Lisa Elfring, associate professor of molecular and cellular biology; andVicente Talanquer, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
The AAU is a nonprofit organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada. The 60 AAU universities in the United States award more than half of all U.S. doctoral degrees and 55 percent of those in the sciences and engineering.
(BPT) - The term smooth sailing doesn’t always apply, especially when faced with rough waters and stormy skies.
Marana High School, in the Marana Unified School District, announces Camron Dozier to serve as interim head girls basketball coach.
(StatePoint) It’s time to start preparing your home to make sure it can efficiently handle colder weather.
Pima County has won two statewide 2014 Project of the Year awards from the Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association.
Marana Unified School District students will begin the school year
Levi Morse did not like the Marana High School logo and decided to do something about it. Morse teamed up with his older brother, Shawn, and designed a new tiger-head logo. Now, it is being used around the school
Jay Johnson of Tucson joins Catalina Foothills High School as a new Assistant Principal. Mr. Johnson was the former Dean of Academic Affairs at Carrington College and brings experience from secondary and post secondary positions. Mr. Johnson will oversee the new Link Crew program in addition to freshman orientation and new teacher preparation. Catalina Foothills continues its commitment to promote quality leadership and 21st Century Skills.
(BPT) - While you may know about your brain’s gray matter, did you also know that about 50 percent of your brain is made of white matter? The health of your brain’s white matter affects how well it learns and functions. This is also the area of the brain most often affected by stroke. Now results of a two-year human clinical study published in the American Heart Association journal, Stroke, show that vitamin E tocotrienols derived from Malaysian palm oil supports white matter health by weakening the progression of white matter lesions.
Alan Schmidt has two new jobs that are very different, yet oddly similar. Before the start of the 2013/2014 school year, he became the principal of Sentinel Peak High School. In April, he became the new company commander for his battalion in the Army National Guard. While public education and the Army National Guard are different, in many ways Schmidt has similar roles. It is his job to support and lead those he has been put in charge of.
The Oro Valley Town Council meeting’s agenda for May 7 was set for a simple meeting where the council considered making a private street public, it listened to a couple of presentations, adopted the tentative budget for the next fiscal year, and to look at the manner in which people are appointed for boards and commissions within the town. But with a divided council and recent public remarks made by council members about the police department, the meeting was filled with dissention and the destabilization of a collaborative council.
At the University of Arizona, students and employees have long been actively engaged in efforts to aid in the statewide and global drive to improve individual wellness, access to care and the population’s overall health.
Marana High School, in the Marana Unified School District, announces the selection of Kevin Corner as head basketball coach.