Tag: Arizona Education News Service

Arizona Science Center receives $1 M grant from APS Foundation to expand STEM education in Rural Schools

| July 10, 2018
Arizona Science Center receives $1 M grant from APS Foundation to expand STEM education in Rural Schools

The APS Foundation is enhancing its six-year partnership with Arizona Science Center with a $1 million grant to the Science Center’s Rural Communities Expansion Project.

This grant will sustain the professional development of K-8 teachers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects for the next five years and will allow the program to expand into Cochise and Yuma counties.

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Community partnerships, early education and STEAM make Laguna Elementary an A+ School (+ Video, podcast, slideshow)

| July 4, 2018
Community partnerships, early education and STEAM make Laguna Elementary an A+ School (+ Video, podcast, slideshow)

Community partnerships, a focus on early learning and an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics have helped make Laguna Elementary School a success, said Dr. Kathleen Root, retiring principal of the Scottsdale school recently awarded the A+ School of Excellence Award for the fourth time from the Arizona Educational Foundation.

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Technology in the classroom: Engaging students, promoting deeper learning and helping teachers (+ Video, slideshows)

| June 20, 2018
Technology in the classroom: Engaging students, promoting deeper learning and helping teachers (+ Video, slideshows)

Today’s students were born with technology that lets them find information instantly, respond to it quickly, and share their response on social media in seconds. So is it any wonder that they find it tedious to read a textbook chapter and answer the questions at the end?

Classroom instruction should adapt to this information revolution by using the technology that’s part of kids’ lives to engage students, build on their strengths and encourage them to create, collaborate and explore deeper meaning, said Holly Clark, a former middle school English Language arts teacher who is now educational strategist and head of publishing for Google Ed Tech Team at North Canyon High School on June 5, 2018.

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Statewide news: A parents’ guide for what to expect during the teacher walk-out

| April 25, 2018
Statewide news: A parents’ guide for what to expect during the teacher walk-out

Why are teachers walking out of school?

A majority of teachers voted to walk-out of classrooms to protest low teacher pay and per-pupil funding said leaders of Arizona Educators United and Arizona Education Association during a press conference on Thursday, April 21.

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Thousands take part in student-led March for Our Lives to protest gun violence (+ Video, Slideshow). See related stories here

| March 28, 2018
Thousands take part in student-led March for Our Lives to protest gun violence (+ Video, Slideshow). See related stories here

Thousands of students and other community members took part Saturday morning in the student-organized March for Our Lives at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix to protest gun violence and urge legislators to provide more funding for school counselors and mental health services.

The rally at the Capitol was one of more than hundreds of similar student-led events held across the nation on Saturday in response to the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla on Feb. 14, 2018.

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Legislators consider bills to permanently extend Prop. 301. See related stories here

| March 21, 2018
Legislators consider bills to permanently extend Prop. 301. See related stories here

Legislators are trying to send a bill to the governor this week that would permanently extend Prop. 301, protecting a critical revenue stream that expires in 2021 that public schools rely on when creating their budgets.

In 2016, district and charter schools received about $364.1 million of the $643.8 million generated by Prop. 301, a six-tenths of a cent sales tax approved by voters in 2000. Since sales tax revenues are affected by the economy, the money that schools receive from Prop. 301 varies each year.

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Arizonans wear red to protest low teacher pay. See related education stories here

| March 7, 2018
Arizonans wear red to protest low teacher pay. See related education stories here

Arizonans wore red Wednesday to protest low teacher salaries, which makes it hard to recruit and retain teachers, just a day after the West Virginia teachers’ strike ended with the teachers receiving a five percent pay increase.

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Real-time decisions have potential to improve K-12 outcomes in Arizona

| February 7, 2018
Real-time decisions have potential to improve K-12 outcomes in Arizona

A new partnership between Arizona State University and Helios Education Foundation will help educators and policy makers make real-time decisions that have the potential to improve K-12 outcomes in Arizona.

The initiative will create the Decision Center for Education Excellence, a computer-generated model that will show how policies, practices and interventions would affect students in Arizona’s pre-K through post-secondary education system as well as how that would impact workforce development.

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Mount Elden Middle School mural celebrates the Gallery of Life

| February 7, 2018
Mount Elden Middle School mural celebrates the Gallery of Life

The amazing art piece titled “Gallery of Life” at Mount Elden Middle School was a collaboration with the two art teachers, Laura Abrams and Alyson Bottke, 200 students and Mural Mice. All academies are represented and participated in the effort to create unity among the school.

“This mural project was an absolute joy to help organize, structure and lead as an art teacher at MEMS,” said Alyson Bottke.”Our students have tremendous creativity, skill and mastery of various techniques that enabled this mural to be painted during 13 school days.”

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Arizona K-12 students’ strong achievement gains, dragged down by D- in education funding (+ Interactive Map & Chart). See more education news here

| January 24, 2018
Arizona K-12 students’ strong achievement gains, dragged down by D- in education funding (+ Interactive Map & Chart). See more education news here

Arizona K-12 students’ strong academic achievement over the past several years was dragged down by the state’s low spending for education, earning Arizona a D+ overall grade in Education’s Week‘s 2018 Quality Counts report Grading the States.

The Arizona state highlights report showed that Arizona received 68.7 out of a total 100 points, ranking it 45th in the nation among the 50 states and the District of Columbia – that’s one ranking higher than last year. The national average grade this year was a C, or 74.5.

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