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LAUNCH Flagstaff — Achieving equity in education and our society

| June 9, 2020
LAUNCH Flagstaff — Achieving equity in education and our society

The mission of LAUNCH Flagstaff is to advance equitable access to world-class education for every child in Flagstaff.  By definition, equity is the state of being just and fair and it is the context through which the partners of LAUNCH Flagstaff take their collaborative action.  This is easier said than done, because achieving equity often requires the non-equal distribution of resources.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Our Statement of Equity

| June 9, 2020
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Our Statement of Equity

For more than two decades, the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence has worked to promote accessible, high-quality expanded learning opportunities for all Arizona children and youth by focusing on professional development, advocacy, and capacity building in the out-of-school time community.

We will not be silent in the face of the murder of George Floyd and others, at the hands of the police, nor will we be silent in the face of the systemic racism that threatens the lives of Americans every day.

Read our full Statement of Equity here

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Flagstaff Family Food Center providing Summer Reading Enrichment Program

| June 9, 2020
Flagstaff Family Food Center providing Summer Reading Enrichment Program

The Flagstaff Family Food Center is providing a Summer Reading Enrichment Program from noon through 1:30 p.m. through July 3 at the Flagstaff Family Food Center Kitchen, 1903 N. 2nd St.

Children can pick up a Reading bag daily, which will include a book, snack bag, sweet treats, daily activity materials, ingredients for a healthy snack activity, library resources, a virtual experience list, and a mindfulness activity. Children will receive 1 raffle ticket per day of attendance to win a new bike! *No contact distribution

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Local Education Spotlight: You’re Invited to STEM City’s 8th annual STEMmy’s (June 17). See more local education news

| June 9, 2020
Local Education Spotlight: You’re Invited to STEM City’s 8th annual STEMmy’s (June 17). See more local education news

The STEMmy’s is an annual award given out to organizations and people who are STEAM leaders in our community. Congratulations to this year’s nominees:

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Survey: Majority of voting Arizona parents support sending kids back to school. See more state education news here

| June 9, 2020
Survey: Majority of voting Arizona parents support sending kids back to school. See more state education news here

A statewide poll of likely Arizona voters found that 57 percent of parents with children at home support sending them back to school in the fall.

“I think that people understand that getting kids to school is going to be a critical part of restarting the economy,” said Paul Bentz with HighGround Public Affairs, the consultants who conducted the poll.

According to the poll, those without kids at home were less supportive of letting students go back to school. A little more than half of those respondents said kids should go back in the fall.

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Report: No Way to Reopen Schools Safely Without Federal Bailout. See more national education news here

| June 9, 2020
Report: No Way to Reopen Schools Safely Without Federal Bailout. See more national education news here

IN ORDER TO ADHERE TO the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety recommendations for reopening, school districts will be forced to spend nearly $2 million per district that they hadn’t budgeted for – a cost so prohibitive that some are now scrapping plans for in-person classes entirely this fall.

“There are some saying, ‘It’s early, but I have to tell you, I don’t see how we could possibly open without additional funds,'” Daniel Domenech, executive director of AASA, the School Superintendents Association, says. “It’s becoming an overwhelming problem and many districts are considering returning to distance learning.”

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Mindfulness Spotlight: Common Humanity

| June 9, 2020
Mindfulness Spotlight: Common Humanity

circumstances bring up complicated emotions for all of us. Kabat- Zinn defines mindfulness as paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, with an attitude of non-judgment. Especially in this time of high emotion, it is essential to provide ourselves moments to notice our feelings without judgment.

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Connections Spotlight — Understanding through a multicultural lens the role historical trauma impacts healing, wellness

| June 9, 2020
Connections Spotlight — Understanding through a multicultural lens the role historical trauma impacts healing, wellness

Historical trauma impacts so many of our community members and it is a topic that is not always openly discussed and well understood in mainstream society.  Further, it is often not considered when designing helping programs, systems or overall prevention programming and worse when placing judgements against groups of people. 

Each culture, each individual has their own story to tell, their own traditions, spiritual and cultural practices and so many have had those life components disrupted due to historical events and ongoing injustices.

During a webinar presentation held on June 9, 2020, culturalist and historic trauma specialist Iya Affo provided web viewers a brief overview of historic trauma to help inform community members, professionals and leaders about the creation and impacts of these traumas.  

Affo is the founder of Heal Historic Trauma and with Phoenix Rising in Residence (AZ).

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First Things First — Navigating the new normal

| June 2, 2020
First Things First — Navigating the new normal

Parents and Experts on Helping Kids Through the Pandemic
A new 20-minute video from Noggin features questions from parents and advice and encouragement from early childhood experts to help you and your family deal with the stress of these challenging times.

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Children’s Action Alliance Opinion — Racism Has No Place in a Child’s Life

| June 2, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance Opinion — Racism Has No Place in a Child’s Life

  Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) was formed over thirty years ago with a vision of an Arizona in which all children grow up healthy and safe and ready to succeed. As we reflect on the events of the past few days, we realize we are a far cry from that world. We mourn the tragic […]

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