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Arizona Daily Sun: Summer camp 2017

| April 26, 2017
Arizona Daily Sun: Summer camp 2017

With summer on the horizon, the Arizona Daily Sun has compiled its annual list of area summer camps.

Camps and programs include: Arboretum at Flagstaff – 2017 Eco Explorers Summer Camps; Grand Canyon Youth; Mountain Adventure Camp, Canyon Dance Academy, 2812 N. Izabel St.; Camp Iwannago 2017 (Flagstaff Unified School District FACTS); Harkins Theatres’ Summer Movie Fun; TheatriKIDS’ 2017 Summer Programming; Museum of Northern Arizona Discovery 2017 Summer Camps; Coconino County Parks and Recreation; Summer Camp KJ; Foresight Learning Center; ARTshop; Summit Gymnastics Academy, 1926 N. Fourth St., suite 7; Flagstaff Junior Academy Summer Camps and NAU Volleyball Camp- www.nauvolleyballcamp.com.

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Student progress to factor more heavily in Arizona’s school ratings. Please see related stories

| April 26, 2017
Student progress to factor more heavily in Arizona’s school ratings. Please see related stories

Arizona’s new school ratings system will put more emphasis on students’ academic growth and rely less on state test scores.

The Arizona State Board of Education approved the new school report card formula, which grades schools’ performance on an A through F scale, at a board meeting Monday in Phoenix.

“I was hoping that we would come up with a system that gave any school in Arizona the opportunity to receive a higher level rating,” said Calvin Baker, superintendent of the Vail School District who also serves a member of the state board and the A-F report card committee.

Baker said he believes the new system will do that.

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Arizona Senate OKs Bill Expanding Teacher Certifications. Please see related stories

| April 26, 2017
Arizona Senate OKs Bill Expanding Teacher Certifications. Please see related stories

The Arizona Senate advanced legislation Tuesday backed by Gov. Doug Ducey that changes the rules and qualifications for who can become a teacher in the state, drawing opposition from Democrats who say it will undermine education standards.

Ducey is so supportive of the legislation that he took to Twitter before the Senate even passed it to declare, “Sent it my way!!.”

“Let’s reform teacher certification and get more great teachers in AZ classrooms!!” he tweeted.

Senate lawmakers heatedly debated the measure before passing it along party lines with a 16-12 vote. Democrats see it as yet another dangerous education measure backed by the Republican governor.

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Dyslexia bill, Arizona schools await Gov. Ducey’s signature

| April 26, 2017
Dyslexia bill, Arizona schools await Gov. Ducey’s signature

PHOENIX — Arizona is on the verge of requiring schools to do more to identify students with dyslexia and giving them the guidelines for how to deal with them.

The Senate on Monday gave final unanimous approval to legislation allowing the state Board of Education to create a handbook for for schools. That already appears to be accomplished, with Rep. Jill Norgaard, R-Phoenix, telling board members earlier in the day one has been prepared and is ready for adoption. But the potentially more significant part of HB2202, which now goes to the governor is redefining dyslexia in a way Norgaard said more accurately reflects the condition. She said that by itself should help students get identified earlier and get them the help they need before they fall behind.

Norgaard said Arizona will be the 15th state in the nation to create such a handbook.

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Page Higher Education Center Signing Ceremony (to be held April 27)

| April 26, 2017
Page Higher Education Center Signing Ceremony (to be held April 27)

The new Page Higher Education Center will celebrate a Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony at 1 p.m., Thursday April 27, 2017 in Page, AZ.

The event is hosted by Coconino County District 5 Supervisor Lena Fowler, Coconino Community College President Colleen Smith, Diné College President Charles “Monty” Roessel, Navajo Technical University President Dr. Elmer Guy and Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng.

The Center will provide higher education to students across northern Arizona who can enter degree programs and earn technical certificates. This will further develop a skilled and diverse workforce and a robust economy in northern Arizona.

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Expect More Arizona: Arizona’s Students Deserve Better Than Last

| April 26, 2017
Expect More Arizona: Arizona’s Students Deserve Better Than Last

A preview of a new report released (April 20) by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy offers further insight into the teacher recruitment and retention issues we’ve been hearing about for several years.

While the full report (available in early May) will cover a variety of factors that impact teacher recruitment and retention, a number of key facts in the preview focus on teacher pay.

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Poorest Flagstaff School Is Richest In Chess

| April 26, 2017
Poorest Flagstaff School Is Richest In Chess

Chess is a quiet sport.

Fifty young kids — ages 5 to 11 — recently sat across from each other in a classroom after school. They concentrated on their next moves. Coach Ted Komada burned enough energy for all of them. He paced up and down the rows, threw his arms up in the air and spouted strategy.

“You’ve got a rating,” Komada told the kids. “Your rating is a number that says, ‘This is how good you are.’ Your job is to make that rating wrong. Be better than that rating.”

It’s clear Komada really believes in these kids and sees chess as more than just a game.

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Outside the lab: NAU field researchers provide school teachers hands-on education. See more NAU education stories here

| April 26, 2017
Outside the lab: NAU field researchers provide school teachers hands-on education. See more NAU education stories here

Science in the field can differ drastically from science in the classroom.

Reading about hibernating ground squirrels having the lowest body temperature of any mammal, while interesting, is completely different than witnessing their peripheral tissues dropping below freezing without solidifying or crystalizing—a true phenomenon.

Northern Arizona University field researchers have been studying ground squirrels and the effects of climate change on hibernation since 1993. They are one of two NAU groups who will host K-12 teachers at research sites in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of Alaska this summer. The partnership is organized by PolarTREC to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing educators and polar researchers together.

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Padillas honored (by CCC&Y) for work with folklorico youth dance. See more Williams News education stories here

| April 26, 2017
Padillas honored (by CCC&Y) for work with folklorico youth dance. See more Williams News education stories here

Armando and Elva Padilla were recently chosen for the 2017 Caring for Children award by the Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCCY).

CCCY annually recognizes outstanding individuals from throughout Coconino County who work to make a better place for the youngest members of their communities.

Longtime residents of Williams, the Padillas have spent the past 37 years as volunteer instructors teaching the Hispanic folklorico dance discipline. They have offered folklorico dance classes to children and adults in Williams for nearly 25 years.

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New FUSD superintendent gets $147,500 contract. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| April 26, 2017
New FUSD superintendent gets $147,500 contract. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

The new superintendent for Flagstaff Unified School District will be making $21,000 more than previous superintendent Barbara Hickman.

But he’ll also be taking of pay cut of more than $15,000.

The FUSD Governing Board is in the process of signing a two-year contract with Mike Penca, the interim superintendent of Mason City Schools in Iowa. The board approved the contract with an annual salary of $147,500 with Penca last week.
He will take over in July from Dave Dirksen, who has served as interim superintendent while FUSD has searched for a replacement for Hickman, who left in 2016 to work for the Colorado Department of Education.

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