Senator Martín Quezada at
Bicentennial South Elementary School
Legislator to School
This unique collaboration pairs teachers
with local state legislators who spend a full day in a public school classroom.
This partnership facilitates meaningful conversation between policy makers and educators and gives state legislators an intimate look at the day-to-day realities of public schools in Arizona.
Representative Doug Coleman at
Highland Junior High School
Take Your Legislator to School is an annual collaborative initiative lasting the entire month of September.
Activities may include:
Meet and Greet with Legislator and school stakeholders
Student-led school tour
Observation of a lesson
Legislator teaches a lesson (history or civics)
Visits to other classrooms
Q and A session with chosen students and pre-selected questions
Conclude the day with positive reflections and next steps
AEF Contacts Legislators and forms matches with educators
Legislators schedule visit with their host teacher
Take your Legislator to School Month
On Monday, September 15th, Representative Phil Lovas came to visit the students, staff, and parents of Sunset Hills Elementary School in the Dysart Unified School District in Surprise. I taught a lesson on citizenship while Rep. Lovas observed with a list of specific teaching points and things to watch for, such as how I check for understanding, make learning mandatory, and differentiation strategies for the 5th graders in my exceptional needs classroom. Rep. Lovas then received a school tour led by 8th grade National Junior Honor Society representatives. He also met with school administration and parent leaders to discuss various issues important to all stakeholders. The visit was a successful step toward establishing relationships between education leaders and policy makers.
Beth Maloney, M. Ed.
2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year
National Board Certified Teacher
Representative Phil Lovas at
Sunset Hills Elementary School
Today, Senator Katie Hobbs came to my school. It was a very successful day! She was able to see different students in different scenarios, see special programs and enjoy students, teachers and parents. She was invited to give a presentation in the Government class and in the AVID class. At the end, the principal gave her an honorary diploma. She is now a graduate from North! I had complete support from the administration and from the teachers. Senator Hobbs agreed in meeting next Monday for debriefing. It was an incredible experience. I think that she grasped the idea that we are here to support her regarding education issues.
Heidi Ann Garcia, PhD
North High School
Representative Kate Brophy McGee joined us at Kiva for the greater part of the day. She toured school with our Student Council Officers before school and joined me for announcements. She spent over two hours in Karen Brisbane's class where she observed a masterful science lesson on weather. The lesson integrated ELA standards, provided opportunities for collaboration and critical thinking. Students made predictions and provided evidence for their answers. Karen was masterful, not surprising for being a National Board Certified Teacher, and incorporated a plethora instructional strategies. Representative McGee asked a lot of questions and I was able to guide her through her through the learning progressions (with some tactical pre-coaching from Karen).
Representative McGee had an opportunity to address the 5th graders in Karen's class (she teaches a 4/5 combo) about their upcoming BizTown field trip. She had lunch with a group of teachers and PTO parents. She was thoughtful and fully a supporter of public education. I was impressed. More importantly she was impressed with SUSD, Kiva, and Karen Brisbane. Please join me in thanking Karen for hosting Representative McGee and showcasing the great things happening in SUSD.
Kiva Elementary School
Teachers can register to be a candidate classroom by filling out the form below. Filling out the form does not guarantee a visit from a legislator.
Interested legislators can email email@example.com. Additionally, the Arizona Educational Foundation will be emailing all legislators in July.
For questions or to learn more about the program, contact Matthew Feller, Director of Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.