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Local Education Spotlight — Navajo youth, Alyssa Williams, wins Arizona license plate seal design contest. See more local education news here

| August 25, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — Navajo youth, Alyssa Williams, wins Arizona license plate seal design contest. See more local education news here

Flagstaff High School senior Alyssa Williams is just at the beginning of her graphic design career, but already she has notched two big wins — she was part of the pair who won the Vans Custom Culture Contest in 2019, and now her design has won the Code Talker Seal Design Contest that will be featured on an Arizona specialty license plate.

The contest was held in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations to design a seal to reflect the historical and unique contributions made by the Code Talkers of many different tribes across the United States.

The Code Talkers Seal Design Committee selected five designs based on artwork and an essay describing how the design honors all Code Talkers and how it has impacted them personally.

Williams’ design won with 61 percent of the 20,565 votes cast.

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Arizona Supreme Court Gives Voters Final Say On Invest In Ed. See more state education news here

| August 25, 2020
Arizona Supreme Court Gives Voters Final Say On Invest In Ed. See more state education news here

Arizonans will get a chance to decide if they want to hike taxes on the state’s most wealthy to help fund K-12 education.

In a brief order, the Arizona Supreme Court concluded that the 100-word description on petitions for the Invest in Education measure “did not create a significant danger of confusion or unfairness.”

The unanimous order reverses the decision by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury, who concluded that backers of the measure “circulated an opaque Trojan horse of a 100-word description, concealing principal provisions of the initiative.”

Justices also found that various methods of providing bonuses and incentives to paid petition circulators did not run afoul of state laws that prohibit paying people on a per-signature basis.

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Is it finally time for year-round school? See more national education news here

| August 25, 2020
Is it finally time for year-round school? See more national education news here

The pandemic has raised awareness of the many roles schools play — providing everything from free meals to Internet access and caring adults — and also of the learning losses that kids experience when they’re out of school. Even in a normal year, many educators see a “summer slide,” as students return to the classroom with diminished knowledge after the long break. … Nationally, educators and officials have floated one possible solution: year-round school. Under this model, which has existed in parts of the country for decades, schools operate with shorter, more frequent breaks throughout the year, rather than one lengthy summer vacation.

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Free Youth Mental Health Zoom forum to be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 25

| August 22, 2020
Free Youth Mental Health Zoom forum to be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 25

Join us via Zoom – it’s free to attend! 

Like other states, Arizona faces a mental health crisis, including teen suicide and a shortage of mental health treatment beds. The state has responded by passing Jake’s Law, which requires insurers to cover mental health care in the same way they cover other medical care, adopting the “Arizona model” for crisis care and working to increase bed capacity. Join policymakers and experts in a discussion about mental health. It’s free to attend!

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Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y supports FUSD’s back-to-school professional development efforts with webinar on ‘Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences’

| August 18, 2020
Connections Spotlight — CCC&Y supports FUSD’s back-to-school professional development efforts with webinar on ‘Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences’

The Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth continued its support of Flagstaff Unified School District’s professional development efforts with a virtual presentation earlier this month.

“Through the support of CCC&Y we were able to provide the opportunity for all staff on our professional development day, August 10th  to participate in viewing the webinar: “Understanding Adverse Child Experiences,” district officials reported. FUSD reports 1500 professionals were in attendance.

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CCC&Y — Understanding Trauma

| August 18, 2020
CCC&Y — Understanding Trauma

Rene RedDay, M.Ed, Family and Community Engagement Consultant, Building Community, details the impact trauma has on children and families and steps to gain emotional support.

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Local Education Spotlight — FUSD — Welcome Back Everyone! See more local education news

| August 18, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — FUSD — Welcome Back Everyone! See more local education news

Welcome back everyone! It has been an exciting first day of school. Thank you to everyone who shared their first day photos.

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Connect Arizona — Free Wi-Fi resources through AZ schools and libraries networks

| August 18, 2020
Connect Arizona — Free Wi-Fi resources through AZ schools and libraries networks

The following links include free Wi-Fi resources through AZ schools and libraries networks. Also includes information and discounts with local carriers and internet providers, please feel free to share with your networks. 

How do I get internet at home

Arizona Free Wi-Fi Map

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Flagstaff Family Food Center seeking Volunteer Coordinator

| August 18, 2020
Flagstaff Family Food Center seeking Volunteer Coordinator

The Volunteer Coordinator recruits volunteers, supervises and provides direction, coordination, and consultation for all volunteers and volunteers programs within the organization to: Strengthen various programs, Involve a community of supporters as described in the duties outlined below.

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Children’s Action Alliance — Governor Ducey Announces Program To Help #saveazchildcare

| August 18, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Governor Ducey Announces Program To Help #saveazchildcare

Great news for Arizona’s child care system and the children and families they serve. After a collaborative effort with early childhood stakeholders and advocates, the Governor’s Office and the Department of Economic Security announced the Child Care COVID-19 Grant Program on Thursday, August 13. Using funding from the federal CARES Act, the program helps child care providers cover costs during the COVID-19 state of emergency.  The goal of the program is to help child care providers with operational costs to safely remain open or reopen in order to provide child care to Arizona’s families.

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