Kyrene del Milenio Elementary teacher Greg Broberg has been striking up education conversation lately, and hopes more teachers and parents can get involved.

As a National Board Certified Teacher, Broberg has been collaborating with other teachers in advancing conversations about education and issues that affect classrooms, students and parents.

In a weekly online forum called Ed Week… Every Week, teachers around the state along with others from the Arizona Teacher Leaders Network discuss relevant articles from Education Week.

“It’s a commitment,” said Broberg. “At the end of the year, I’d love to get seven or eight more staff members (from Milenio.)”

Participating in conversations ranging from school safety with police presence, to early childhood education, and STEM education, Broberg said it’s a way to stay involved in what’s going on with his profession.

“It’s taking an active role in what’s going on,” Broberg said. “You carry a lot of weight about what isn’t known or what you hear.”

The forum is a fairly new project for the Arizona K-12 Center, as the first forum started last month.

Taryl Hansen, director of teacher leadership for the center, said the forum sprouted after taking on a personal challenge to get teachers talking about educational issues and gaining perspective.

“We have great hopes that it empowers them to be better advocates for their own profession,” Hansen said.

Currently there are more than 900 National Board Certified teachers in the state.

At Milenio, Broberg is accompanied by a couple other teachers in the forum, but encourages others in the district and community to join him.

“A lot of the time, we teachers feel like we are dragged through things rather than involved,” Broberg said. “But this forum gives you that feeling you really can do some things.”

For more information about the online forum, visit azk12.org/ed-weekevery-week.

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