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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for July 22 — For your Listening Library: Great way to get ready for the new school year

| July 22, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for July 22 —  For your Listening Library: Great way to get ready for the new school year

Whether you are driving around running errands, taking one more road trip, or just sitting in the cool AC, here are some great Podcasts to wrap up your amazing summer!

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Community Census Team seeking help to spread public awareness with hard-to-reach populations

| July 22, 2019
Community Census Team seeking help to spread public awareness with hard-to-reach populations

The Community Census Team is looking for agencies, organizations, and individuals who can help us spread public awareness and communicate with hard-to-reach populations. That support can come in many forms, from spreading the message with your membership and the public, to volunteering with the team and joining one of our Workgroups.

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Connections Spotlight: Williams holds first Back to School Fair in Coconino County

| July 22, 2019
Connections Spotlight: Williams holds first Back to School Fair in Coconino County

Parents and students gathered in the Williams Elementary-Middle School Gymnasium to register during the Williams Unified School District Back-to-School Registration Fair on July 17-18, 2019. Families received a variety of school supplies, including backpacks, provided by Coconino County agencies and area nonprofits.

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Action & Outreach Spotlight: Small changes can create a safer, more inclusive, trauma sensitive school

| July 22, 2019
Action & Outreach Spotlight: Small changes can create a safer, more inclusive, trauma sensitive school

Sometimes student behaviors occur without warning, so developing ways to help students deal with stresses and providing teachers and school staff with trauma sensitive training so they can help are critically important.

“A lot of our students come from backgrounds where they’ve experienced trauma, and I think it’s our job as educators to be able to educate them in the best way possible,” said Jeff Martin, a language arts teacher at Osborn Middle School. “I think that comes from learning how to inform our own practices about trauma.”

Creating boundaries, developing a support resource team, and finding ways to prevent compassion fatigue helps make classrooms and schools safer and more inclusive, said Meghan Stogner, MPC, a program manager for school-based services with Touchstone Health Services, which provides on-campus behavioral health services at 41 Arizona schools.

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Kids learn coding at summer camp. See more local education news here

| July 16, 2019
Kids learn coding at summer camp. See more local education news here

The click-clack of active keyboards resonated through a Coconino Community College computer lab this week as 20 kids typed away, earbuds in and faces to the screens.

They weren’t playing games or surfing the web, though. They were coding their own websites.

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Back to School Safety. See more state education news here

| July 16, 2019
Back to School Safety. See more state education news here

Parents are breathing a sigh of relief as kids return to school. For so many of us the end of summer means regaining our daytime freedom. No more… “I’m hungry” or “I’m bored” as we drop our kids off at school or load them on the bus and send them on their way.

This time of year, may be a relief for parents everywhere, but for many this time of year invokes anxiety and frustration. Increases in local traffic, cross walks delays, and kids along the roads confirms the summers is drawing to a close.

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‘I do not have 2-3 months off’: Teachers on summer break are working, a lot. See more national education news here

| July 16, 2019
‘I do not have 2-3 months off’: Teachers on summer break are working, a lot. See more national education news here

Allison Driessen is fed up. She’s used to hearing how lucky she is to have her summers off, granting her a supposedly relaxing break from working life.

Driessen, a science teacher who just finished her eighth year on the job, had the opposite experience. This summer marks her first summer “off” as a teacher. Before, she studied for her master’s degree, taught summer school and even interned at a landscaping company.

“People think we are paid competitively, given that we have two to three months off,” said Driessen, who teaches in Rosemount, Minnesota. “I do not have two to three months off.”

Driessen’s story isn’t unique. Across the country, teachers often trade their summer vacation for other work opportunities to make ends meet. Recent data from the National Survey of Teachers and Principals showed nearly one in five teachers hold a second job during the school year – and teachers say they need to work during the summer, too.

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Connections Spotlight: Save the Date — Kevin Campbell returns to Northern Arizona on Oct. 29

| July 15, 2019
Connections Spotlight: Save the Date — Kevin Campbell returns to Northern Arizona on Oct. 29

Kevin Campbell, an internationally known youth permanency expert and founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness, will return to Flagstaff for the presentation “Self-Healing Communities- a wide-scale prevention strategy for Coconino County,” on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

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First Things First — Ensuring a complete count of Arizona’s youngest children in the 2020 census

| July 15, 2019
First Things First — Ensuring a complete count of Arizona’s youngest children in the 2020 census

An estimated 5% of kids under age 5 were missed in the 2010 census. That’s about 1 million young children, the highest of any single age group. The U.S. Census is asking early childhood supporters to help close that gap in 2020.

Here are a few things you can do to help ensure more young kids are counted: Explain that filling out the census yourself only takes about 10 minutes. And emphasize that parents should include babies on census forms, even if they are still in the hospital on April 1.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Conference Group Registration Special

| July 15, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Conference Group Registration Special

Register your group of 10 or more and get these additional special perks:
* $95 per person when registering groups of 10 or more
* Priority Seating at the Conference general sessions and lunch
* VIP Check in Table at the Conference
* Entry into Special Group Registration Give A Way

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