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CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS

A NEW PROGRAM FROM RISING YOUTH THEATRE & ACLU OF ARIZONA'S DEMAND TO LEARN CAMPAIGN


Rising Youth Theatre and the Demand to Learn Campaign of ACLU of Arizona are excited to launch “Creative Interventions,” a new program supporting students through strong relationships. Facilitators from RYT and D2L will work with teachers in the cohort to provide new strategies for classroom culture and to support teachers in the classroom as they try out new tools and take action to build restorative relationships with their students.  


History:

We believe that young people & teachers are the main stakeholders of education policies that come to life in the classroom.  


Rising Youth Theatre & the Demand to Learn campaign of the ACLU of Arizona have been working to shift the way we approach the alarming issue of student push-out by building power with young people and strengthening teacher & student relationships. Since  2017, the two organizations have created a summer organizing and learning training series for youth on understanding and ending biased disciplinary practices in schools called The Trouble Series and developed and premiered a full length play called The 100th Day based on stories of young people who experience pushout in the Arizona education system. Learn more about The 100th Day by listening to this interview on KJZZ.


Through a collaboration between Rising Youth Theatre, the ACLU of Arizona's Demand to Learn Campaign, and Black Mothers Forum with support from the Vitalyst Health Foundation, we brought together a team made up of young people, educators, organizers, researchers and artists to co-create a teacher learning series to engage directly with teachers in learning strategies for ending student push out through the strengthening of teacher/student relationships. 


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Join us on Tuesday, December 3 from 5:30 - 7:30pm for an open learning session!


3707 N. 7th Street

Suite 315

Phoenix, AZ 85014

MEET OUR COHORT!

Darryl Ordell

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Teaches at Eagle College Preparatory Academy


What do you love about teaching? 

The sculpting of minds and hearts.


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

How to successfully incorporate more interactive and introspective activities in the classroom.

Elijah Costales-Chevalier

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Teaches Biology at Camelback High School

What do you love about teaching?

 

I love teaching as it allows me to help heal upcoming generations + enact social change

What are you excited to learn in this program? 

I am eager to learn how creative writing could be used as an empowering tool for students to communicate their needs. 

Christina Ramirez

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Teaches Arts/Enrichment Specials K-6th at ASU Prep Academy South Phoenix


What do you love about teaching? 

I love the energy and perspective my students provide me with. 


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

I am excited to learn new perspective and strategies from others; related to education. 

Kate Bowdren

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  Teaches Reading Intervention at ASU Preparatory Academy-South Phoenix


What do you love about teaching? 

I love bearing witness to a person connecting with their internal gifts!


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

I’m so excited to learn innovative ways to deepen my relationship with the students and community I serve

Carlos Gantchoff

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Principal in the Alhambra District


What do you love about teaching? 

Giving kids power


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

New viewpoints 

Tearra Hunter

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Teaches 3rd-4th Grade Humanities at BASIS Phoenix South Primary


What do you love about teaching? 

Seeing the growth in my students, the "Aha!" moments.


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

Different strategies I can implement to better support all of my students. 

NaTyshca N Pickett

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Teaches Elementary 1st grade at Create Academy


What do you love about teaching? 

I love seeing children grow and learn through their experiences.


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

How to implement creative thinking in my curriculum and how to address issues of injustice my students may experience.

K-K McLaughlin

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Teaches High school English at Estrella High School


What do you love about teaching? 

I love watching young adults realize they are strong and capable human beings.


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

I am excited to learn about what other educators are doing in their classrooms.

Leslie Ringler

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Teaches math and humans at Tempe Academy of International Studies


What do you love about teaching? 

Connecting with young people #notasentence :) 


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

Anything the collective conscious of the group wants to teach me #notasentence :) 

Carlos A Lara

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Teaches Elementary Drama at BASIS Phoenix South Primary 


What do you love about teaching? 

I enjoy working with children, and specially love to be able to empower children of color, let them know that their voices and experiences are valid.


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

To learn from peers and incorporate skills in how to fully engage students to the maximum level.

Sarah France

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Teaches 6th grade math and science at ASU Prep Academy South Phoenix Primary/Intermediate


What do you love about teaching? 

I love the feeling of fulfillment and that I'm making a difference in these students' lives


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

How to put my students' experiences into perspective and use them to help our classroom grow

Mark Bowden

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Teaches 8th Grade Science at Maurice C. Cash Elementary School


What do you love about teaching? 

I love watching students build their confidence in taking on challenges in my classroom--both academic and non-academic.


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

I'm excited to develop mindsets and skills that help students feel justice in my classroom and pursue justice outside of my classroom.

Adriana Aragon

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Currently a student 


What do you love about teaching? 

Instilling a sense of wonder to students 


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

Innovative ways to incorporate mindfulness in the classroom 

Garrett Pauli

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Teaches Poetry/Spoken Word at Granada East School & PUHSD


What do you love about teaching? 

The joy of young folks flickering lightbulbs from a new discovery.


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

How to be a more effective ally to my students.

Brillana Barraza

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Teaches AP Language and Composition, ELA 11 and ELA 09 at Glenview College Preparatory 


What do you love about teaching? 

I absolutely love seeing my students break their preconceived limits and push their academic boundaries! 


What are you excited to learn in this program? 

I am excited to meet other educators, gain new perspectives and initiate learned practices in my classroom! 

 

The 100th Day was an original theatre performance created by Rising Youth Theatre in partnership with ACLU Arizona's #Demand2Learn Campaign. The play takes place on the 100th Day of School, and examines the ways in which young people have access to education. The play centered around the core belief that all students in Maricopa County have the right to learn in safe and supportive environments and positions young people as leaders in exploring how this can become a reality for all Arizona youth.