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Centered: The Arizona K12 Center’s Executive Director, Dr. Kathy Wiebke, offers her education insights in this monthly column.


I have a confession to make. I have not seen Hamilton, nor do I know the songs or the storyline. The small bit I do know is intriguing, but not enough to get me to pony up the money to go see the play.

Every year, I watch The Kennedy Center Honors. Whether it is dance, music, or theater, I am a huge fan of the arts. I love the show because it showcases some of America’s greatest artists, both young and old. This year, the creative team from Hamilton was honored as part of the show, and there was a performance of “The Schuyler Sisters” by the original cast. Watching these three talented women perform the incredible piece, I can see why so many people are Hamilton fanatics.

“Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now! Look around, look around, the revolution’s happening,” the performers sing.

No matter our faults or challenges, it is truly an incredible time to be alive. The work Arizona’s education professionals do to improve the lives of children is nothing short of amazing.

Today, we know more about how children learn. Finally, people are coming to understand that if we want children to be able to create, communicate, think, and collaborate, we need to design environments where that can happen.

I sense the change in the air, and it is up to us to seize that energy. We need to foster relationships, while also holding our elected officials accountable. Simultaneously, we need to help them understand the challenges facing our kids and teachers, as we remind them that working conditions are learning conditions.

Arizona’s children deserve our very best, and that will only happen when we all work together.  

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