Tag: NAU

NAU team receives $2.6 million grant to train, mentor Native American students in STEM disciplines

| July 4, 2018
NAU team receives $2.6 million grant to train, mentor Native American students in STEM disciplines

Native Americans have the lowest rate of university enrollment and graduation rates of any group in the United States—and in STEM fields, they represent only 0.5 percent of students nationwide. Another major hurdle for Native American populations is health-related. Those living on tribal lands experience a disproportionate rate of environmentally-associated health issues such as cancer, stroke, obesity and diabetes.

A team of Northern Arizona University researchers, led by co-principal investigators Cathy Propper and Leslie Schulz, were recently awarded $2.6 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a new program that will address both of these pressing issues while providing Native American students with unique opportunities to work with world-class researchers.

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Flagstaff High, Sinagua Middle, NPA get new state letter grades. See more education stories here

| May 16, 2018
Flagstaff High, Sinagua Middle, NPA get new state letter grades. See more education stories here

The letter grades of two Flagstaff Unified School District schools improved with the recent release of revised grades by the Arizona State Board of Education.

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FUSD mulls bond and budget override measures for November. See more education news here

| May 8, 2018
FUSD mulls bond and budget override measures for November. See more education news here

After hearing the results from a survey of more than 400 likely voters, the Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board is taking a closer look at putting bond and budget override measures on November’s ballot.

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Flagstaff teachers pan Ducey plan as walkout vote begins. See more education news here

| April 18, 2018
Flagstaff teachers pan Ducey plan as walkout vote begins. See more education news here

Teachers in Flagstaff Unified School District and Flagstaff charter schools are voting with their cohorts across the state on whether they will walk out in support of more funding for education in the state.

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Flagstaff Arts and Leadership boardmember takes on role of interim executive director. See more education stories here

| April 4, 2018
Flagstaff Arts and Leadership boardmember takes on role of interim executive director. See more education stories here

A member of the governing board at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy will step down in order to fill the position of interim executive director at the school.

According to an email from the FALA Board of Directors, the board chose Eli Cohen to fill the position after interviewing four candidates on March 28. The motion to appoint him passed unanimously and Cohen was accepted.

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NAU gets “Needs improvement” grade from accreditation committee. See more education stories here

| March 21, 2018
NAU gets “Needs improvement” grade from accreditation committee. See more education stories here

Northern Arizona University got a “needs improvement” score on communication between senior administration, staff, faculty and students on its latest 10-year accreditation report from the Higher Learning Commission.

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CHOSEN Screening

| March 18, 2018
CHOSEN Screening

Please join the Flagstaff Initiative Against Trafficking and a NAU Capstone Group for this educational evening. There will be a brief Human Trafficking 101 presentation before showing CHOSEN. After the video, there will be an expert panel to answer questions and provide more information about human trafficking in the Flagstaff Community.

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Flagstaff Unified School Board opposes guns in schools. See more education stories here

| March 14, 2018
Flagstaff Unified School Board opposes guns in schools. See more education stories here

The Flagstaff Unified School District Board and superintendent have come out against the idea of arming teachers or staff with guns in a letter to parents earlier this month.

Arizona Revised Statutes currently do not allow guns to be carried on the grounds of public schools or universities unless the person is a law enforcement officer. Although several legislators have proposed several bills since 2008 that would allow guns to be carried on campus, all of those bills have failed.

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NAU Summer Bug Camp Scholarships available

| March 10, 2018
NAU Summer Bug Camp Scholarships available

NAU’s Merriam Powell Center presents a Summer Bug Camp each summer, which is a hands-on summer camp that seeks introduce 6- to 10-year olds to the wonders of science through the fascinating of lives of insects. Campers learn about insect natural history and biodiversity through a series of projects and activities. Children have the opportunity to handle like insects, collect insects, create their own insect collection and make insect cuisine. Parents will be invited to an insect banquet and open house on the last day of camp.

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NAU earns $500K grant from Kellogg Foundation for early childhood education focused on tribal needs

| February 21, 2018
NAU earns $500K grant from Kellogg Foundation for early childhood education focused on tribal needs

The data are clear: young children taught in ways that reflect and highlight their heritage respond better to what they’re learning.

For Native American children, that means having teachers who are educated in best practices and an appreciation for and understanding of Native American people, cultures and nations. A collaborative program at Northern Arizona University will do just that.

A $500,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation—the first grant NAU has earned from the philanthropic organization—is funding Building Tribal Early Childhood Education Capacity, a program that further advances pedagogy relevant to the Native American tribes in northern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico.

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