IMPACTT Fact Sheet
(Integrating Multiple Perspectives Across the Curriculum for Today and Tomorrow)
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INTRODUCTION
 

IMPACTT (Integrating Multiple Perspectives Across the Curriculum for Today and Tomorrow)  is an innovative, completely integrated college preparatory high school academy developed by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy’s Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center.  The program is being piloted at Sunnyside High School. 

IMPACTT uses an environmental health theme to connect all of the major academic subjects.  It’s curriculum is based on the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center’s digital library Resources for Environmental Health Studies (REHS).  A comprehensive high school program, IMPACTT will fulfill four years of science, math, and English and three years of social studies.
IMPACTT utilizes engaging inquiry driven "Major Projects" related to a thematic unit to drive student learning. Major Projects are designed so that students master academic content and transferable skills by applying new knowledge to themselves and to their community.  For example, in the Air Quality Unit, the 9th grade students host an annual tobacco and health conference for local Tucson schools.
 
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
 
IMPACTT development began in the Fall of 1999 through a partnership with the UA College of Pharmacy’s Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC) and the Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD). 
IMPACTT was successfully piloted in August 2000, with 40 diverse ninth grade students and then expanded into the 10th grade during the 2001-2002 school year (with 25 ninth grade students and 28 tenth grade students).  An 11th grade level will begin in August 2002, and the final 12th grade level will be added in 2003-2004 school year. 
 
IMPACTT CONTRIBUTORS
 
The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center at the UA College of Pharmacy and Sunnyside Unified School District are the original and primary developers of the IMPACTT curriculum and integrated education model. The project's major financial support has been through SUSD and grants from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, through the University of Arizona SWEHSC.  Additional financial and programmatic support have been provided by the University of Arizona Center for Toxicology, the Tucson Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Pima County Parks and Recreation, Tobacco-Free Ways, and the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
 
For more information, please visit: http://swehsc.pharmacy.arizona.edu/coep/impactt/index.html
 
Or call: Stefani Hines - (520) 626-3692
Barbara MacDonald - (520) 545-5341