The state schools chief will lead a pep rally for teachers today to kick off a program that allows instructors to use the Super Bowl as a fun way to teach.
The pep rally begins at 9:30 a.m. at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, where state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne will address teachers.
The teachers will also receive gifts, learn about the “Super Learning in a Super State” program and get a tour of the stadium.
Super Learning in a Super State is a youth outreach program that uses the Super Bowl in kindergarten through 12th grades to teach students about literacy, character education, environmental awareness and community service.
Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, vice president of community outreach for the Arizona Super Bowl, said the program is curriculum-based, and teachers can incorporate it into their lesson plans throughout the year.
One aspect of the program is a geography lesson that involves Spike, the Super Bowl mascot.
Spike will travel to 42 spots around the state, and each day students will be given clues as to where he is. When they figure it out, they find the location on the map, learning about the location in the process.
“Aside from being fun, you’re learning about the state,” Rodriguez said.
She said the program is divided into three groups — kindergarten through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and high school.
Teachers and classes can also earn points to win prizes.
“This is a chance for all Arizona students to get involved in the Super Bowl while learning more about our state,” Horne said in a press release.
For more information, visit azsuperbowl.com.