NEWS

The UA Alumni Association, in partnership with the UA Office of Government and Community Relations, hosted the 2016 Cats @ the Capitol in January in Phoenix. Six College of Education alumni and staff joined more than 60 members of AdvoCats to meet with state government officials to discuss issues affecting the UA and to advocate for the legislative agenda developed by the Arizona Board of Regents and the presidents of the three state universities. Attendees participated in a panel discussion with state legislators and a member of Governor Ducey's staff.

College of Education Director of Outreach Sara Chavarria, who also is the assistant director of the STEM Learning Center, was featured in this story about a new $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education ...

On their first day of Passport to High School, soon-to-be high school students Natalee Mercado, Kali Noudelman, Aijaz Wahab, and Rueshil Fadia (left to right) look for UA historical points of interest as part of a map-reading activity. "We focus on buildings with historical significance for this activity," says College of Education Director of Outreach Sara Chavarria, who oversees the program, which empowers graduating eighth-graders from low-income households to view their high school experience as the pathway to college.

The quality of our future depends largely on the quality of today's education. Those who will solve the world's toughest challenges are likely studying, right now, in classrooms across the United States.

Teaching has never been more vital to our future. Yet, our state and country face serious challenges that prevent teachers from thriving. Young teachers often land in distressed schools that test their resolve. Many leave the profession entirely, abandoning their gifts and cutting short their dedication to a better tomorrow.

The college is proud of its involvement with the Tucson Festival of Books, a community-wide celebration of literature. All proceeds from the festival are used to sustain the event and support local literacy programs, such as Reading Seed, Literacy Connects, and UA Literacy Outreach Programs. Since 2009, the festival has contributed more than $1,050,000 to agencies that improve literacy in the community.