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Priority Schools Campaign TEA: 'Now this is what collaboration looks like!' On Howenstine Stage, Local Leaders Come Together to Transform TUSD Gem Local leaders asked Tucsonans on December 6, 2011, to join a national campaign working locally to help transform a struggling school. All in attendance at Howenstine High Magnet School acknowledged that sustained success can only be achieved through wide- spread collaboration. Mayor John Rothschild was pleased to be kicking off his second day in office at the gathering, which brought key parts of the city together, to help the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) gem shine even brighter. "What a powerful image of partnership and promise this event represents. It sends the im- portant message to our students that the adults care and are fighting for them." The leaders took – and then urged the public to take – an online survey aimed at gauging per- ception of Howenstine. The quick four-question survey is part of Keys to Excellence for Your Schools (KEYS), a comprehensive school-based assessment and improvement system that gath- ers data for improving teaching and learning conditions. Community data will be coupled with survey results from parents, teachers, education support professionals and administra- tors for a picture of where Howenstine stands on some 42 indicators research shows exist at high-performing schools. The nationally renowned-KEYS comes to Howenstine as part of the National Education Association's (NEA) Priority Schools Campaign (PSC), an effort that leverages the resources of the 3.2 million-member NEA to complement transformation efforts at struggling schools receiving federal School Improvement Grants (SIG). "Similar school reform support traditionally can be a big-ticket expense for already revenue- Continued on next page AEA Advocate x Spring 2012 11 L to R: TEA President Frances Banales, Habitat for Humanity Tucson Executive Director Michael McDonald, AEA President Andrew Morrill, Howenstine graduates Italia Raymond and Matt Johnson, TUSD Superintendent Dr. John Pedicone, Howenstine Principal Maritz Nunez, and State Senator Paula Aboud. Photo by Brenda Alvarez

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