Arizona Education Association

Winter 2017

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WINTER 2017 | ADVOCATE 9 at the capitol This past September, Arizona State Legislators from all thirty districts were invited to shadow local public school teachers for a day. The experience these legislators had with teachers leading grades Pre- Kindergarten through 12th grade is part of the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF)'s Take Your Legislator to School Initiative (TYLTS) in partnership with the Arizona Education Association (AEA) and Arizona K12 Center. In its fourth year, AEF has seen hundreds of teachers jump at the chance to invite their Senator or Representative into the classroom. "This program helps to build a bridge between the education community and state lawmakers. Shadowing a teacher for a day gives Arizona's legislators a better understanding of what is happening at public schools in their legislative district. We are hopeful these visits result in beneficial, sustainable partnerships," said AEF Executive Director Bobbie O'Boyle. AEF worked closely with the Arizona K12 Center and the Arizona Education Association to facilitate the partnerships. Teachers and legislators were matched based on legislative district. The shadowing and time spent between teachers and legislators was unique to each pair. Arizona State Legislators Join Public School Teachers for a Day Paradise Valley EA member Mike Vargas hosted Heather Carter from District 15. From left to right: Dr. Michael Crudder, Lisa Lifer, Rep. Paul Boyer, Tamara Boylan, and Linda Palles-Thompson during Rep. Boyer's visit to Peoria Unified School District's Copperwood Elementary school. Washington District EA member Lori Fox hosted Representative Kelli Butler at Moon Mountain Elementary. Senator Sean Bowie visited Albie Ettinger's classroom at Kyrene de la Mariposa.

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