PHOENIX SYMPHONY'S MIND OVER MUSIC
Challenge: Because of funding and time restraints, many Arizona schools are unable to offer quality arts programs.
Mind Over Music is a collaboration between the Phoenix Symphony and area schools.
Symphony musicians and teachers create lessons using music and instruments to engage students and explain classroom curriculum.
SALT RIVER HIGH SCHOOL
Challenge: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Schools wanted students to connect their science learning to its unique community.
The school hosted an interactive STEAM night for students and their families.
Students experienced STEAM stations, connected with science professionals and built relevance to their learning.
AVONDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Challenge: Avondale leaders wanted to create an experience for students to visualize who they will be.
Building on the Kids at Hope philosophy, students are given cameras to capture what is in their heads and hearts, culminating in a student-created art gallery that showcases all kids are capable of success - no exceptions!
Challenge: An urgent need for a middle school math teacher.
School leaders decided to use interactive video conferencing equipment to virtually bring an outstanding math teacher to Incito Schools.
Working with MCESA, Incito "extended the reach" of a highly qualified math instructor, and filled the vacancy while maintaining a high-level of instructional quality.
ESTRELLA VISTA STEM ACADEMY
Challenge: Increase opportunities for STEM education for all students.
The school community came together and agreed to do the following: teach science every day; use technology with fidelity; and incorporate Design Thinking into instruction.
NADABURG UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Challenge: Creating a common vision of instructional improvement.
District leaders for Nadaburg Unified determined a need for alignment of expectations and instruction.
They collaborated with school leaders and teachers on professional growth through rigorous feedback and differentiated support.
BUCKEYE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Challenge: Alignment of assessments for a consistent eduction district-wide.
District and school leaders in the Buckeye Union High School District saw a need to align the excellent work of their teachers.
They tackled this challenge by partnering with MCESA to facilitate assessment development work which resulted in rigorous and aligned curriculum and assessments.
CESAR E CHAVEZ COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Challenge: A positive school culture is critical for student success.
School leaders at Cesar E Chavez Community School in the Roosevelt Elementary School District wanted all students to feel empowered.
They succeeded by surrounding the students with positivity, focusing on developing relationships and promoting leadership.
KISER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Challenge: Students need opportunities to solve real-world problems.
With no potable water, students use water jugs located around the school resulting in a lot of waste.
To solve this, students at Kiser Elementary School in the Paloma Elementary School District designed and built a water fountain using the water jugs.