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Report: U.S. school food waste nears 530K tons annually. See more national education news here

| December 10, 2019
Report: U.S. school food waste nears 530K tons annually. See more national education news here

A new World Wildlife Fund report estimates U.S. school food waste totals 530,000 tons per year and costs as much as $9.7 million a day to manage, which breaks down to about 39.2 pounds of food waste and 19.4 gallons of milk thrown out per school per year, based on the results from the 46-school sample across nine cities.

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Education Spotlight: One hundred days for Fredonia School Superintendent Gilmore. See more local education news here

| December 9, 2019
Education Spotlight: One hundred days for Fredonia School Superintendent Gilmore. See more local education news here

(Tod) Gilmore sees his initial tenure here as three 100-day periods. The first 100 days he has spent “getting to know the Fredonia way.”

Essentially observing and learning how things are done, and why. He asks, “Do we do things the way we’ve always done because it’s the best and proven way to do something? Or is it an inertia issue that we need to look at as a community?”

Gilmore believes graduates of FHS should know they have no limits, should know what their dreams are, and be equipped to actualize those dreams. He feels this is a virtue of being a smaller high school, “we have an incredible ability to really know our students, and the smaller class sizes can be very powerful if we take advantage of it.”

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Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y to launch ‘Prevention Spotlight’ in 2020. Seeking partner submissions

| December 9, 2019
Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y to launch ‘Prevention Spotlight’ in 2020. Seeking partner submissions

In January 2020, the Coconino Coaltion for Children & Youth will launch a new Prevention Spotlight. We would like to feature stories and information that raises awareness, support and prevention strategy for our community such as youth resiliency, child abuse prevention, and substance use prevention and intervention in Coconino County. We welcome our non-profit partners and members to share their good work and resources by inviting contribution to our regular Prevention Spotlight. Please submit your columns and information (400-word limit) to frank@coconinokids.org. The following is an example.)

Although drug use and abuse in Coconino County is not as prevalent as alcohol, over (2021-2016) drug abuse hospitalizations increased at a rate 3.9 times quicker than alcohol. Among Arizona youths, the percentage with experience using ecstasy, methamphetamine, non-medical over the counter drugs, cocaine, non-medical pain relievers, and hallucinogens were higher than that what was reported across the state.

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Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — Strategies for Building a School wide Culture of College and Career Readiness: Lessons from Flagstaff High School on December 12.

| December 3, 2019
Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — Strategies for Building a School wide Culture of College and Career Readiness: Lessons from Flagstaff High School on December 12.

Our members at Flagstaff High School are hosting a webinar to discuss how they collaborated with school leaders and college access partners to develop systems that support building CCR and how those efforts align with district-level planning. Attendees will learn the strategies and tools used by Flag High to implement CCR within their own community. Register now. 

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First Things First — Best gifts and toys for young kids

| December 3, 2019
First Things First — Best gifts and toys for young kids

Check out our interactive guide to low-cost (or free) toys and gifts for babies, toddlers and preschoolers that encourage their learning and development. They don’t need fancy toys or electronic gadgets. Quality time with you — talking, reading and playing — is the best gift you can give your child this holiday season or anytime.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Afterschool Staff Can Now Earn STEM Micro-credentials

| December 3, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Afterschool Staff Can Now Earn STEM Micro-credentials

Afterschool staff now can gain skills and credentials through a new micro-credentialing system offered by the National AfterSchool Association. In development for several years, the system allows front line staff to train online or seek out training and then demonstrate mastery by creating a demonstration video or providing documentation of the skills. 

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Expect More Arizona — Great Things Are Happening in Education

| December 3, 2019
Expect More Arizona — Great Things Are Happening in Education

The Expect More Excellence Tour Spotlights what schools and communities in Arizona are doing today to make progress toward an excellent education for every student, and celebrates the kind of excellence we expect and believe must be available to all students.

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Education alliance completes statewide tour to raise attainment. See more state education news here

| December 3, 2019
Education alliance completes statewide tour to raise attainment. See more state education news here

Achieve60AZ has reached its goal of meeting with community leaders from every county to find tangible solutions to close the achievement gap in Arizona.

The grassroots alliance, dedicated to meeting our state goal of 60 percent educational attainment among Arizona adults by the year 2030, wrapped up its year-long statewide tour on November 7, meeting with leaders in Cochise County.

“Our goal will not be reached by simply talking to people in Maricopa County,” said Achieve60AZ Executive Director Rachel Yanof. “This is a goal for the entire state, so we wanted to make sure leaders across the state were aware and all in. We know Mohave County’s problems are not the same as Pima’s or as Yavapai’s. We wanted to get people all across our great state thinking about what they and their community can do to best reach our 60 percent attainment goal.”

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Here’s what 17 school districts said they’d do with federal funding for school integration. See more national education news here

| December 3, 2019
Here’s what 17 school districts said they’d do with federal funding for school integration. See more national education news here

The U.S. Department of Education provided Chalkbeat with copies of applications that were submitted for the Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities grant program in 2017. The $12 million initiative was meant to help school districts start or continue efforts to make schools more socioeconomically diverse.

Chalkbeat looked at the proposals of the 17 largest school districts that applied to understand what districts wanted to do with this money.

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Connections Spotlight: Louge to take reins as Prevent Child Abuse Arizona director

| December 2, 2019
Connections Spotlight: Louge to take reins as Prevent Child Abuse Arizona director

Rebecca “Becky” Ruffner is about to start a new chapter in her life.

As she turns the page, the 72-year-old founder and executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, who will retire her post on Dec. 31, is confident the agency’s new leader is poised and ready for the task.

The agency on Wednesday announced the promotion of Training Director Claire Louge to Ruffner’s role upon her retirement.

Since 2014, Louge has served as an agency trainer, both for local and statewide events.

From upstate New York, Louge has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in human development and a master’s degree in human relations from Northern Arizona University. She is a graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy at the Arizona State University Lodestar Center.

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