Tag: Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation and Arizona Governor’s Office Working to Increase K-3 Literacy

| August 22, 2018
Helios Education Foundation and Arizona Governor’s Office Working to Increase K-3 Literacy

Recently, Arizona’s education goals and strong education partnerships were featured at the Education Commission of the States, 2018 National Forum on Education Policy. Janice Palmer, Helios’ Vice President and Director of Policy, joined Dawn Wallace, Governor Ducey’s Senior Advisor, Education and Strategic Initiatives, in presenting how Arizona is utilizing public-private partnerships to improve educational outcomes for all Arizona students.

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Arizona Science Center Launches New Hands-On Teacher Training Program to Enhance Quality of Science Instruction in Arizona

| July 10, 2018
Arizona Science Center Launches New Hands-On Teacher Training Program to Enhance Quality of Science Instruction in Arizona

In response to the need to expand access to high-quality professional development for Arizona’s science teachers, Arizona Science Center launched the Science Teacher Residency (STaR) program. This new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teacher training program, generously supported by Helios Education Foundation, provides instruction and mentoring to third through eighth grade teachers at no cost to them. The first cohort of teachers began the program last week.

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Arizona’s economic growth hinges on success of Latino students. See related stories here

| May 22, 2018
Arizona’s economic growth hinges on success of Latino students. See related stories here

Arizona must prioritize the educational success and increase the degree attainment of our students in order to secure the future economic viability of our state. Not only should it be a priority, I would argue that it is an economic imperative for our state.

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NALEO Arizona Statewide Summit on the State of Latino Education

| May 8, 2018
NALEO Arizona Statewide Summit on the State of Latino Education

Recently, more than 55 Arizona policymakers participated in the NALEO Arizona Statewide Summit on the State of Latino Education. … 

“Latino Student Success is an issue of utmost importance to Helios,” said Barbara Ryan Thompson, Helios’ Chief Operating Officer at the opening session of the Summit. “This partnership with NALEO is helping move forward policy issues that will help ensure more Latino students are prepared for success in college and career.”

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Move On When Reading: Implementation of a Third Grade Retention Policy in Arizona

| January 18, 2017
Move On When Reading: Implementation of a Third Grade Retention Policy in Arizona

At Helios Education Foundation, we believe that the early grades are critical to a child’s future academic success. We believe that strengthening early childhood systems to promote language acquisition and emergent literacy will enable more children to read at grade level by the end of third grade. This accomplishment in turn will improve success in both middle school and high school, ultimately better preparing each student for college and career.

…In an effort to understand more about the impact of Move On When Reading (MOWR), Helios commissioned a study to learn how Arizona’s MOWR legislation is being implemented in local education agencies. This brief, authored by several WestEd evaluators focuses on the first year of the implementation study.

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Arizona High School Graduation Rates Remain Stagnant

| November 9, 2016
Arizona High School Graduation Rates Remain Stagnant

According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, the national high school graduation rate reached a record high of 83 percent in the 2014-2015 school year. At the same time, a look at Arizona’s high school graduation rate reveals a state average six points lower at 77 percent—ranking 44th in the nation.

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Beyond Prop 123

| August 17, 2016
Beyond Prop 123

The long-term prosperity of Arizona and its residents depends on a quality education system that effectively prepares its students for success in college, career and life. Arizona has one of the largest and fastest growing Latino student populations in the nation, yet our Latino students trail their state and national peers in academic performance and degree completion. Through our Arizona Latino Student Success Initiative, Helios is committed to improving quality, access and achievement across the birth-postsecondary education continuum, ultimately leading to more Arizona students, and specifically more Latino students, completing two- and four-year degrees.

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Helios Education Foundation Launches $5.1 Million College Knowing & Going Initiative Benefitting 83 Arizona High Schools

| April 20, 2016
Helios Education Foundation Launches $5.1 Million College Knowing & Going Initiative Benefitting 83 Arizona High Schools

Only 37 percent of Arizona’s adult population has an associate degree or higher, with that number dropping in half for the Latino population. Recognizing the need to close this gap, Helios Education Foundation today announced a $5.1 million investment in its new College Knowing & Going initiative, a college and career readiness program supporting 18 school districts throughout Arizona (including three FUSD schools), many of which represent low-income, Latino student populations. The initiative was unveiled (April 13) during the Foundation’s ACT Summit at the Hyatt in downtown Phoenix to more than 160 attendees.

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Closing the Latino Student Achievement Gap

| April 6, 2016
Closing the Latino Student Achievement Gap

Her parents grew up in Mexico and never had the opportunity to finish high school. Her older brother never felt comfortable in American schools. He dropped out to go to work.

Needless to say, Alicia Flores was more than a little nervous when she walked through the doors of the 2,100-student Camelback High School in the Phoenix Union High School District three years ago. …

It might have been easy for Flores to fall into the same pattern as her older brother and other Arizona Latino teens, who leave high school either before graduating — or without taking the difficult classes they need for postsecondary success.

But teacher Patrick Bass was not about to let that happen to Flores or any of the other 25 students he has in a daily class called Advisory, which serves as a home room, study hall, tutoring hour and a family of sorts for Camelback students. …

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Focusing on Early Grade Success in Arizona

| March 23, 2016
Focusing on Early Grade Success in Arizona

In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child’s development. Research indicates that children exposed to quality early learning environments are more likely to perform well academically, be more socially and emotionally well adjusted, abstain from delinquent behavior and graduate from high school.

In addition, we know that reading at grade level by the end of third grade is a critical milestone that paves the way for long-term academic success. However, in 2015, only 41 percent of Arizona third graders are proficient or highly proficient in reading.

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