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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for June 15 — Promote Your STEM Program with The Connectory

| June 17, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for June 15 — Promote Your STEM Program with The Connectory

The Connectory makes connections to STEM learning opportunities that inspire young people to explore, discover, and create. With a network of over 5,000 STEM program providers, The Connectory is the online tool to promote your program and opportunities to an engaged audience of families and other STEM providers.

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Vendors can now sign up to participate in CCC&Y’s 9th Annual Flagstaff Early Childhood Fair

| June 17, 2019
Vendors can now sign up to participate in CCC&Y’s 9th Annual Flagstaff Early Childhood Fair

Dear Fellow Early Childhood Community Member:

In celebration of young children and to support Flagstaff’s Festival of Science, we thank you for participating in CCC&Y’s 9thAnnual Early Childhood Fair in Flagstaff.  Because of our wonderful sponsors and volunteers, there continues to be no charge to table at this event.  More exciting, this year we will continue to be in the Flagstaff Festival of Science passport, in addition to other advertising, so we expect this to be a great event for all vendors.  

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FUSD to begin capital projects after issuing $25 million in bonds. See more local education news here

| June 11, 2019
FUSD to begin capital projects after issuing $25 million in bonds. See more local education news here

Flagstaff Unified School District’s bank account just increased by $25 million, following the sale of the first set of $75 million in bonds approved by voters in November.

The funds from the sale were deposited in the Coconino County Treasurer’s Office last week and will the district to move forward with its renovation projects and technology initiative.

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How to help your child avoid the ‘summer slide’. See more state education news here

| June 11, 2019
How to help your child avoid the ‘summer slide’. See more state education news here

The “summer slide” occurs when kids stop learning during the summer or even fall behind. We’ll talk with Erin MacFarlane, customer experience administrator for Maricopa County Libraries and Micah Corporaal, youth librarian for the city of Tempe, about what the summer slide is and ways to mitigate it.

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Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’. See more national education news here

| June 11, 2019
Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’. See more national education news here

High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media.

For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification that popped up. Students were told not to respond to avoid generating replies … and further notifications. …

“One girl, just during the one hour, got close to 150 Snapchat notifications. 150!” marveled Chavis, who teaches honors-level courses at Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina.

She’s among a growing number of teachers, parents, medical professionals and researchers convinced that smartphones are now playing a major role in accelerating student anxiety — a trend so pervasive that a National Education Association newsletter labelled anxiety a ”mental health tsunami .”

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Education Spotlight: Welcome to the new STEM City Executive Director

| June 11, 2019
Education Spotlight: Welcome to the new STEM City Executive Director

We would like to welcome our new Executive Director, Kris Penca! STEM City is really excited to see what direction she’s going to take our organization. Read more about her below. …

I was born and raised in Iowa and received a BA in  education from the University of Iowa in 1994. I taught science and math in grades 5-8 for 20 years in Iowa and I encouraged the connection between math and science in Mason City. 
I was part of a team that made our intermediate school a STEM school and I also created a $20,000 Makerspace at Lincoln Intermediate. 

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for June 10 — Resources & Summer Reading Ideas for Afterschool Professionals

| June 10, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) update for June 10 — Resources & Summer Reading Ideas for Afterschool Professionals

We all know it’s important for the youth in our programs to read, but it’s just as important for us adults. As the quote from Charles Tremendous Jones says: “The only difference between who you are today and the person you will be in five years will come from the books you read and the people you associate with.”

AzCASE Staff are reading the following books this summer to challenge our thinking and improve our insight:

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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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