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9/12/2008

Local math, science, and technical education instructors invited to meet at EAC

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Local math, science, and career and technical instructors are invited to attend an initial meeting to create collaborative partnerships to strengthen local academic programs. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, in the Gila-Galiuro Room of EAC’s Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center. [EAC photo]
 

THATCHER, AZ—With support from Graham and Greenlee County Schools, Eastern Arizona Tech-Prep, and Eastern Arizona College, instructors from several academic areas will meet to establish collaborative partnerships at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24 in the Gila-Galiuro Room of EAC’s Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center.

Instructors of math, science, and career and technical education from middle schools, junior high schools, high schools, and EAC are especially invited to attend this initial meeting. Organizational meetings for faculty in other academic subjects will follow in coming months.

The goal of these collaborations is to increase student success by 1) aligning curricula and evaluations, 2) sharing best practices, 3) enhancing instructor qualifications, and 4) cultivating college dual-enrollment opportunities. At this meeting, instructors will introduce themselves, elect officers, draft mission statements, and schedule future meetings. Representatives from Graham County Schools, EAC, and Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold, Inc. will also speak briefly to introduce the effort.

“We’re referring to these nascent organizations as the ‘7-14 associations’ because we’re targeting faculty from 7th through 14th grades at first,” said EAC Dean of Instruction Mike Crockett. “We see the potential for these groups to make learning and achievement absolutely explode for students from our communities.”

Groundwork for this initiative was accomplished by about 20 faculty and administrators from regional schools at a retreat sponsored by Eastern Arizona Tech-Prep this past May.

“We hope that administrators and school boards from the area will encourage and enable their people to participate,” said Crockett. “This is an historic opportunity to establish a model region of interscholastic cooperation.”

For more information about this effort, contact Crockett at (928) 428-8215.

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