August has been a busy month for the Innovation Center team! We have been in full-swing designing our program from the ground-up and connecting with local community partners who will co-host projects for our students during the 23/24 school year.
We held four community events which included organizations such as: Intel, Blue Origin, ASU, Core Construction, and the Maricopa Community Colleges District… just to name a few! Within the next couple of weeks, we are meeting with the organizations to discuss future partnerships for next year’s students.
Community partners engage in a word cloud activity during one of our events.
Meanwhile, we continue to work closely with Dr. Connie Kamm, former English teacher-leader for the Tempe Union High School District. Her consulting firm, Kamm Solutions, employs powerful professional development with the Innovation Center team — Dr. Mary Powell, Matt Zarchin, Gerry Foster, Jason Parsons, Rhianna Rodriguez, and Dr. Christine Barela. Thus far, our workshops are focused on creating mission and vision statements, values, goal-setting and working as a high-performance team. These workshops, including readings and planning materials, afford us an opportunity to learn with and from each other, and inspire us to grow as a cohesive team. In turn, this teaches us how to model high-performance teams for our students.