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Time to RSVP for Sept. 12 Film Screening of ‘From Place to Place’

| August 16, 2017
Time to RSVP for Sept. 12 Film Screening of ‘From Place to Place’

Please Join Us For This Special Kick Off Event!!

Film Screening of “From Place to Place” featuring Kevin Campbell. Kevin will be in Flagstaff and Page Oct 17-19 sharing his groundbreaking information. This film will help set the foundation for this project as well as help inform the work being conducted in our County. All agencies are highly encouraged to send staff.

September 12, 2017 from noon to 2 pm at McGee Auditorium, Flagstaff Medical Center

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Schools raise funds, partner with community to ensure student activities continue

| August 16, 2017
Schools raise funds, partner with community to ensure student activities continue

State funding cuts over the past 10 years have made fundraisers and partnerships with local businesses and community organizations essential for Arizona schools to provide students with access to  extracurricular activities, which research shows keeps them engaged in learning.

Clubs, sports, music, arts,  student community service organizations, field trips and before- and after-school activities tap in to students’ interests, are where they develop friendships, and “are all a vital piece to providing a well-rounded education,” said Tom Woody, superintendent of Bisbee Unified School District, which serves more than 770 students in southern Cochise County.

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First Things First: Last Call for Registration for Early Childhood Summit 2017

| August 16, 2017
First Things First: Last Call for Registration for Early Childhood Summit 2017

The Summit is less than two weeks away! Register now and join us for two days of keynote and featured speakers, 80+ breakout sessions on a wide range of early childhood topics, and the opportunity to meet, learn and share strategies that help kids be ready for school and set for life.

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Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children Scholarship Opportunity

| August 16, 2017
Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children Scholarship Opportunity

We know you are committed to high quality early learning for all children birth to age 8. So, we would like to share a members-only benefit opportunity with you.

Could you or an early childhood staff member or student you know benefit from a $1,000 scholarship to support attaining early childhood college credits, attending a local early childhood professional development opportunity, or purchasing developmentally appropriate materials for your work with children and families?

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Arizona Education Progress Meter shows steep but ‘obtainable’ climb

| August 16, 2017
Arizona Education Progress Meter shows steep but ‘obtainable’ climb

If all goes according to a set of goals supported by dozens of Arizona education and business groups, the state’s elementary teachers will earn the national median of $56,000 in five years and most third-graders will read at grade level by 2030.

Those are among the benchmarks that make up the Arizona Education Progress Meter, a data-tracking effort education advocates hope will drive statewide policy decisions and address longstanding student achievement gaps.

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Rural schools face challenges in teaching STEM

| August 16, 2017
Rural schools face challenges in teaching STEM

Devin Etsitty, 17, remembers a time when he didn’t like science, technology, engineering or math, but teachers at Holbrook High School were determined to change his mind. They appointed him to lead a new program to promote STEM education.

 Now, Etsitty wants to study high-performance motorsports at the University of Northwestern Ohio. He would be the first in his family to get a college degree. 
Etsitty is a rare STEM success story. Schools in rural Arizona get less teachers, business partnerships and access to technology for STEM education than schools in metro areas, educators and business leaders said.

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Supporters, opponents of school vouchers in Arizona keep up pressure. Please see related stories

| August 16, 2017
Supporters, opponents of school vouchers in Arizona keep up pressure. Please see related stories

Days after delivering 111,000 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, 200 demonstrators opposing the expansion of a school-voucher system rallied Saturday on the steps of the Capitol in hopes of maintaining their momentum.  …

While expansion opponents were rallying, supporters were gathered about 10 miles away for a grass-roots data-entry effort to check the validity of the signature petitions themselves. 

Expansion supporters are expected to challenge signatures in court in an attempt to prevent the effort from qualifying for the ballot.

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Nonprofit makes sure kids have the right tools

| August 16, 2017
Nonprofit makes sure kids have the right tools

“Some of these parents do need help with getting school supplies,” said Ramon Begay, the parent educator and liaison for Tséhootsooí Diné Bi’Ólta’.

The kindergarten through sixth-grade school is one of 30 across the Navajo Nation that will be receiving backpacks filled with school supplies from the nonprofit Partnership With Native Americans.

The partnership will giving approximately 7,000 backpacks to schools on the Navajo Nation.

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CCC tries food trucks to promote Fourth Street campus. See more education stories here

| August 16, 2017
CCC tries food trucks to promote Fourth Street campus. See more education stories here

With the start of college classes still a few weeks away, Coconino Community College tried a unique tactic on Friday to promote new class offerings and encourage sign-ups for the upcoming school year.

Instead of the typical open house or scheduled tours, the community college invited a handful of food trucks and vendors to the parking lot of its Fourth Street campus. Employees were on hand to offer tours of the campus, give information about classes and register new students.

The event was a first for CCC, spokesman Larry Hendricks said. It was meant to promote new classes the college has added at the Fourth Street campus.

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Guest column: Education dollars should be a priority

| August 16, 2017
Guest column: Education dollars should be a priority

Elections in Arizona from now until 2018 midterms must become referendums on education funding, not on the president.

Nearly every candidate in Arizona running for office publishes their stance on education on their website, and multiple organizations have stated goals and deep war chests put to use to push candidates and the electorate in one direction or the other on this very issue.

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