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NAU aids Navajo Nation with Growing in Beauty Partnership Program

| January 17, 2018
NAU aids Navajo Nation with Growing in Beauty Partnership Program

A partnership between Northern Arizona University and the Navajo Nation provides both help for area families and opportunities for college students to get hands-on experience working with families and children.

The Growing in Beauty Partnership Program (GIBPP), part of the Institute for Human Development (IHD) works with the Navajo Nation’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services to support early intervention services for families of children up to 3 years old who are suspected to have a disability.

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Flagstaff business leaders, educators wait for budget details from Ducey. See more education news here

| January 10, 2018
Flagstaff business leaders, educators wait for budget details from Ducey. See more education news here

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey pledged 80 percent of his new budget priorities toward education during his state of the state address Monday. But some Flagstaff-area officials are waiting to see the details of his budget and how he plans to fund those projects before getting on board.

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2017 in Review: FUSD battled threats, high lead. See more education news here

| January 3, 2018
2017 in Review: FUSD battled threats, high lead. See more education news here

Flagstaff Unified School District’s year started off a bit rough with elevated lead levels being found in the water at Killip Elementary School, the decision over a new superintendent and threatening notes found at Flagstaff High School. Things seemed to smooth out in time for the new school year with new Superintendent Mike Penca taking office and a raise from the state for teachers.

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NAU partners with Navajo schools to develop innovative new Teachers Institute

| December 20, 2017
NAU partners with Navajo schools to develop innovative new Teachers Institute

As part of the Yale National Initiative, Northern Arizona University is partnering with the Kayenta Unified School District, the Chinle Unified School District and the Diné Department of Education in the Navajo Nation to offer long-term professional development seminars to K-12 teachers.

The new Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators (DINÉ) will launch its first two seminars in April.

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NAU grads look to help others in their life struggles. See more education stories here

| December 20, 2017
NAU grads look to help others in their life struggles. See more education stories here

For two Northern Arizona University students graduating on Friday, their diplomas are more than just a reward for an academic job well done. For Alexia Adams and Lorenzo Johnson, their diplomas are also proof that you can do anything you put your mind to, even when life gets in the way.

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Finding family: Elder Cultural Advisors program offers education, support to Native American students at NAU

| November 29, 2017
Finding family: Elder Cultural Advisors program offers education, support to Native American students at NAU

Marina Vasquez can talk and weave a basket at the same time, never breaking stride with her needle as she shares stories of her Mayan culture and the ancient art of pine needle basketry.

“Three is the symbol of women in the Mayan culture,” she says as she wraps raffia three times around three pine needles. “And nine is the symbol of life.”

Her basket quickly takes shape; everyone else in the room struggles to hold the wet pine needles in place as they attempt to sew. For Vasquez, a Mayan Indian and an elder at the Native American Cultural Center (NACC) at Northern Arizona University, both the talking and the weaving come naturally. They are two of her greatest tools in sharing her heritage and helping others connect with their own.

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BASIS.ed: Public schools, private rules. See more education stories here

| October 4, 2017
BASIS.ed: Public schools, private rules. See more education stories here

As the movement to create independent and innovative public schools spread across the country, Olga Block, an immigrant from the Czech Republic, wanted a more rigorous education for her daughter.

Block decided to start her own school with the help of her American husband, Michael, a Stanford-educated economist. She would combine the best of both worlds: the hands-on, slower-paced American learning environment and the rigorous European study habits Olga Block was used to back home.

“BASIS was essentially built on a mother’s love for her daughter,” said Bezanson, the BASIS.ed CEO.
The Blocks, who remain managers at BASIS.ed, declined to be interviewed.

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Leading the way: NAU professor honored for emphasis on multicultural characters in children’s books. See more education stories here

| September 20, 2017
Leading the way: NAU professor honored for emphasis on multicultural characters in children’s books. See more education stories here

Monica Brown remembers the day she was at a family wedding and an outside guest asked her why she and her cousin’s names didn’t match. The guest then speculated on her ethnicity and started referring to the “dark” cousins and the “light” cousins. Where did she fit in, the guest saw fit to wonder.

It stung.

But the children’s author and literature professor is nothing if not resourceful. She used that experience to create Marisol McDonald, the mixed-race heroine of “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina.”

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LAUNCH Flagstaff starts public discussion on education. See more education stories here

| August 30, 2017
LAUNCH Flagstaff starts public discussion on education. See more education stories here

Now that families and students are starting to settle into the new school year, Launch Flagstaff is hoping to start an in-depth discussion with parents, the public, businesses, government officials, students and educators on the future of education in Flagstaff with a series of three free documentaries on the U.S. education system in September.

The films start at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 15 and 20 in the McGee Auditorium at Flagstaff Medical Center. The films are free but attendees must reserve tickets because of limited seating. Tickets can be found at launchflagstaff.org. After each film, there will be a panel discussion and question and answer session for the public.

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October recognized as National School Bus Safety month by Navajo Nation. See more education stories here

| August 30, 2017
October recognized as National School Bus Safety month by Navajo Nation. See more education stories here

On Aug. 23, President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez to signed a proclamation declaring October 2017 as “National School Bus Safety Month,” an initiative that stemmed from the advocacy of Council Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd (Jeddito, Cornfields, Ganado, Kin Dah Łichíí, Steamboat) and Ganado Unified School District (GUSD), who stressed the need to uphold safety on behalf of students and the community.

Shepherd and GUSD bus drivers and staff met with Begaye and Nez to discuss the importance of school bus safety throughout the Navajo Nation.

Shepherd, who also serves as the Apache County Supervisor for Dist. 2, stated that the GUSD bus drivers have consistently coordinated school bus safety initiatives and community outreach, and encouraged other school districts to implement a similar safety initiative and to report problematic areas to their school boards.

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