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STEMMYs recognize STEM leaders, new STEM City director. See more local education news here

| June 4, 2019
STEMMYs recognize STEM leaders, new STEM City director. See more local education news here

By Kaitlin Olson • Arizona Daily Sun Whether looking up to the stars or down to microorganisms, creating new technologies or improving existing ones, Flagstaff is home to science, technology, engineering and mathematics enthusiasts young and old who were recognized this week at STEM City’s seventh annual STEM Awards (“STEMMYs”). About 50 community members gathered at […]

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Bus driver shortage hurts AZ schools: What’s working to recruit & retain. See more state education and legislative news here

| June 4, 2019
Bus driver shortage hurts AZ schools: What’s working to recruit & retain. See more state education and legislative news here

School bus drivers are critically important to getting students to and from school safely, but many districts are having difficulty recruiting and retaining them due to low unemployment and the strong economy.

“Bus drivers are the main conduit for over 50 percent of our kids to get to and from the learning experiences that they’ll be having throughout the school day,” said Dr. Matt Strom, associate superintendent of business services for Queen Creek Unified School District.  

That means school buses are classrooms on wheels, and school bus drivers play a key role in helping students get ready to learn each day, Dr. Strom said.

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Kicked. Punched. Whipped. As Schools Struggle to Support Students With Special Needs, Educators Report Abuse on the Job. See more national education news here

| June 4, 2019
Kicked. Punched. Whipped. As Schools Struggle to Support Students With Special Needs, Educators Report Abuse on the Job. See more national education news here

At a ceremony in 2014 to honor Brett Bigham with Oregon’s Teacher of the Year award, he slouched over in his chair — hoping blood wouldn’t seep through his shirt.

Just days earlier, Bigham wrote in a 2018 op-ed, he had endured a brutal beating in his classroom, one that sent him to the hospital. On this occasion, he wrote, a student bit him and whipped him with a television cable. It was far from the first time he endured physical violence or death threats on the job. It wasn’t the first time a classroom injury sent him to the hospital, either. …

Bigham’s story is likely an extreme example of the challenges special education teachers face as schools struggle to adequately support children with special needs, like those living with significant trauma or other conditions that affect their ability to regulate behavior.

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Education Spotlight: STAR 6th Graders Attend Camp Colton

| June 4, 2019
Education Spotlight: STAR 6th Graders Attend Camp Colton

Earlier this month the STAR school sixth grade had the chance to attend Camp Colton, a camp owned and operated by Flagstaff Unified School District that is dedicated to teaching participants about environmental science. The students spent four days and three nights at camp and attended environmental education classes such as forestry, aquatics, wildlife and geology, taught by Camp Colton’s staff.
Each environmental education class was designed to get the students to interact with their natural environment and work as a team to accomplish a specific goal. For example, the Geology class consisted of the students exploring the nearby Lava Tubes and discussing the different types of igneous rock present inside the tubes.

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First Things First update for June 3 — Kindergarten readiness tips, surviving separation anxiety and more in this month’s newsletter

| June 3, 2019
First Things First update for June 3 — Kindergarten readiness tips, surviving separation anxiety and more in this month’s newsletter

Kindergarten readiness tips: Developing independence

Arizona kindergarten teachers share tips for parents to nurture independence and self-confidence in your young child and help them be prepared for success in school. 

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Expect More Arizona update for June 3 — Northern Arizona University educating two generations through childcare vouchers

| June 3, 2019
Expect More Arizona update for June 3 — Northern Arizona University educating two generations through childcare vouchers

Northern Arizona University students who have children can receive vouchers from the university to cover the cost of quality early learning so they can focus on their courses and graduate on time. NAU leaders are committed to the program because they understand students who are parents face unique barriers to making their own education a priority.

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Registration now open for First Things First Early Childhood Summit (Aug. 26-27, 2019)

| June 3, 2019
Registration now open for First Things First Early Childhood Summit (Aug. 26-27, 2019)

You can register at a reduced rate now for the First Things First Early Childhood Summit 2019.

You’ll experience two days of keynote and featured speakers and select from 80+ breakout sessions on a wide range of early childhood topics. You’ll have the opportunity to meet, learn and share strategies that help kids be ready for school and set for life.

Early registration will end on July 21, 2019.

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STEM Saturdays update for June 1 — Congrats to Our 2019 STEM Grant Recipients

| June 3, 2019
STEM Saturdays update for June 1 — Congrats to Our 2019 STEM Grant Recipients

Congrats to Our 2019 STEM Grant Recipients

Thank you to the many incredible applicants for the 2019 STEM Grant cycle. It’s always inspiring to read about the great work you are doing in your programs and our judges truly had a tough time selecting from this bunch! 

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LAUNCH Flagstaff update for May 31 — Initial Investment for Preschool Expansion Secured

| June 3, 2019
LAUNCH Flagstaff update for May 31 — Initial Investment for Preschool Expansion Secured

This month the City of Flagstaff pledged an initial investment in the Flagstaff preschool expansion three-year pilot project, as part of their budget allocation for fiscal year 2020.

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United Way of Northern Arizona update for May 31 — Please help – KinderCamp Supply Drive

| June 3, 2019
United Way of Northern Arizona update for May 31 — Please help – KinderCamp Supply Drive

KinderCamp™ – the one-month “boot camp” that ensures that every child is academically, emotionally and socially ready for kindergarten – begins this week in Flagstaff.

These classrooms of eager young learners at Thomas, Kinsey and Killip elementary schools need your help with supplies ranging from cleaners to Kleenex to kinetic sand.

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