TUSD staff in Portland Oregon

On the places we’ll go; Third in the series

TUSD staff travelled across the world this past year; from Korea to Canada, California to Maryland. 62% of TUSD schools, failed to make “Adequate Yearly Progress” this past school year.The evidence indicates that the amount of TUSD staff travel has no positive relationship to student performance. The amount of monies paid for staff travel from April to June was $272,324. TUSD staff was absent from the district for travel purposes a total of 1626 days for one quarter.

Ochoa staff took the highest number of travel days in the district. Teachers spent 101 days away from the classroom for conferences. Miscellaneous staff and Specialists spent 57 days away from the school for conferences. 33 staff members travelled to conferences in one quarter.

Portland, Oregon
2011 Summer Symposium
Ochoa Elementary School

“Celebrating a Pedagogy of Listening and Relationships with Lella Gandini”

No other information is available about this conference. Lella Gandini, the United States liaison for the dissemination of the early-childhood education known as the Reggio Emilia approach, will be the guest speaker at Lesley University’s annual June Fox Lecture.

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$2,232.80 Title 1/ Magnet Grant



Ochoa School details:
Address: 101 W 25th St, Tucson, AZ 85713
Grades: PreK-5

According to the district’s website, “Ochoa is a First Choice Reggio-inspired Elementary School. In our Pre-K through Grade Five Ochoa School Community children and adults are committed to creating a learning community that values caring relationships, inquiry and innovation, creativity and a democratic way of life. We are inspired by the values and practices of the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. The Reggio approach is symbolized by the metaphor that children have a “hundred languages” for learning.”

The past two years the students of Ochoa School did not make “Adequate Yearly Progress.” In 2010, their students’ overall Reading scores were 58.30% compared to the district average of 69.50%. In 2010, their students’ overall Math scores were 47.00% compared to the district average of 53.50%.

Previously published in the Tucson Citizen.