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Strategies to Grow Ability: Universal Concept and Big Idea

  • Monday, June 06, 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Pima County School Superintendent's Office
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This session is designed for K-8 teachers who strive to bridge connections within standards and between content areas. The focus is on strategies to grow ability using Universal Concept and Big Idea. Participants will learn ways to build connections within and between content areas, move student learning from the concrete to abstract and build curiosity and engagement for their students. Specifically, participants will learn a three-tier approach to integrate Universal Concept and Big Idea in their content classes and will engage with tools, collaborate and come away with concrete strategies to begin immediately implementing in their classrooms. 

Date:  Monday, June 6, 2022

Time:  3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Cost:  $25

Facilitators: 

​​Christine In-Albon has been an educator in the Vail Unified School District for the last 25 years.  Currently she is the Coordinator of the Gifted Program for the District, and has designed and  implemented a school wide cluster model at three elementary sites. She also teaches honors environmental science courses, and has taught middle school science, gifted humanities, AP seminar and has started many enrichment opportunities for students.   As an educator she strives to engage students in their learning and aid them in making connections outside of the classroom. Before teaching, Christine helped establish and run a non-profit working in Mexico and Southern Arizona focused on marine education and conserving sea turtle nesting beaches in Nayarit. Her passion is providing students engaging opportunities to discover and grow their strengths, abilities, and passions. Christine is an active member of the Southern Arizona Gifted Network and member of AAGT.


Mary Garcia is the Gifted and Advanced Program and Professional Development Specialist for the Vail Unified School District. She has a passion for connecting content and cultivating curiosity. She has over 25 years of experience teaching including an elementary reading specialist, middle school English Language Arts teacher, and gifted enrichment instructor. She recently partnered with Christine In-Albon to design and implement a school-wide cluster model at three elementary sites in the Vail Unified School District to increase access for all students. Her early educational experiences in Syria and the United States informed her educational philosophy that there is the power of perspective, connection and community and that learning must transcend the four walls of the classroom. Mary is an active member of the Arizona Association of Gifted and Talented and National Association of Gifted Children. 












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