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As Arizona students head back to class in August, so too will a group of about 50 middle and high school teachers who spent the summer working in industry as part of the University of Arizona College of Education Teachers in Industry program. The business-education partnership is in its 11th year of placing experienced teachers in Arizona industries each summer. 

Ben Anderson, a high school calculus teacher, has participated in the Teachers in Industry program for two summers, working at Oro Valley-based Simpleview, a software and web development company focused on destination tourism. He says his experience doing data analysis at Simpleview has exposed him to many of the soft skills needed to work in industry, which he can in turn pass along to his students. "What I think is really important for my students to learn is what does it mean to be an employee at an up-and-coming tech company or a prominent tech company? What are the perks of those types of jobs; what are the expectations of you?" said Anderson, who previously taught at Marana High School and will start a new position at Ironwood Ridge High School this year. "So, I talk about soft skills. It's critical to be able to work in a group, and it's critical to be able to share information."

Teachers in Industry aims to prepare middle and high school students for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields. "Teachers have an extra tool in their toolbox to really say (to students) why math is important, why they're learning physics and how that can relate to the careers of the future, particularly in the areas of STEM," said Javier Lopez, director of the Teachers in Industry program.

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Forbes Magazine recognizes UA as one of the best employers in Arizona. Employees like Rebecca Ballenger have something to do with it. Ballenger, Associate Director for Worlds of Words, inspires creativity and deep thought in her approach with students and interns. She goes beyond that by building relevant experiences for local school groups visiting the world-renowned international literature collection, as well as hosting workshops for fellow employees.

Assistant Professor Leah Durán is the recipient of the 2019 Urquides Laureate Award for her outstanding contributions in bilingual education on behalf of children. Experience teaching elementary school in bilingual and ESL classrooms in Texas drove Durán’s research to explore the relationship between language, literacy, and young children’s learning, with a focus on bilingual Latina/o children.

As an expert in youth literature, professor Kathy Short has held a passion for books since she was a child. Worlds of Words, the country's largest collection of global children's books, has grown from that passion and Short’s desire to connect children and books.

Worlds of Words is a feature of the children/teen section at the Tucson Festival of Books. The WOW booth at the festival promotes global understandings through children’s literature and invites community members to visit the collection to expand their knowledge on global perspectives. In order to connect with the community at the festival, Worlds of Words intern, Lacy Nehls and her team engaged patrons in a space theme, Take One Giant Leap by incorporating books from the collection and directing a hands-on activity.

The International Student Teaching Program, a new program at the UA operated by our college and Study Abroad, was established last year for students studying elementary education and mild to moderate special education at the university. The program, which is coordinated by the college's Maggie Shafer and Sylvia Munsen, provides UA students with an opportunity to gain student teaching experience in China, Norway, or Mexico.

Cooper Center for Environmental Learning was selected by the Angel Charity for Children for their $10,000 scholarship award. The impact of this award is tremendous and will fund overnight field trips at Cooper for 940 elementary students during the 2019-20 school year. These students from low-income schools and neighborhoods will have the opportunity to spend time in the Sonoran Desert, learning lessons in earth education first-hand.

The Access, Wellness, and Relational Determinants of School Success program at the University of Arizona named 12 new students, including seven from the College of Education, for the 2019 fellowship.

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Luis Moll, who is the recipient of the 2018 George and Louise Spindler Award. The Spindler Award is granted to scholars and practitioners whose achievements in educational anthropology have significantly advanced the quality of the design or delivery of educational services.
Moll is the fourth College of Education recipient of the Spindler Award. Our previous recipients include Professor Emeritus Norma Gonzalez (2017), Professor Perry Gilmore (2016), and former Associate Professor Teresa McCarty (2010).
In addition to this award, Moll was honored with two other awards this semester: the National Council of Teachers of English Outstanding Elementary Educator in the English Language Arts Award and the Literacy Research Association Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award.

Every semester, Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies Associate Professor of Practice Crystal Soltero hosts a Literacy, Learning, and Leadership Internship Poster Session to offer our students the chance to have their internship questions answered by fellow students who are current interns. At this semester's Internship Poster Session, there were Literacy, Learning, and Leadership interns from a wide range of community organizations, including Ben's Bells and the A