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5 Things From First Things First

| May 14, 2016
5 Things From First Things First

5 Things From First Things First including information about the Early Childhood Summit…

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Museum of Northern Arizona to hold ‘Youth Fest’ on May 14

| May 13, 2016
Museum of Northern Arizona to hold ‘Youth Fest’ on May 14

Calling all kids! Join us for a fun-filled Saturday as we celebrate children from across the Colorado Plateau and beyond at this multi-cultural event.

The Museum of Northern Arizona will present its inaugural Youth Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff.

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Teacher of year uses White House visit to urge school support

| May 11, 2016
Teacher of year uses White House visit to urge school support

Arizona Teacher of the Year Christine Marsh said education in the state is “under attack,” echoing President Barack Obama’s call May 3 for more funding for education during a White House ceremony to honor teachers.

“In too many states, we are underfunding public education,” Obama told the supportive audience in the East Room, calling on state legislators and governors to keep in mind the importance of education in their communities.

Marsh, who teaches AP English to juniors and seniors at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, was one of the teachers of the year from every state and territory invited to the White House event.

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Initial dates, locations announced for 2016 ‘We Are Listening’ Tour

| May 11, 2016
Initial dates, locations announced for 2016 ‘We Are Listening’ Tour

The 2016 “We Are Listening” Tour will include public meetings on all topics concerning K-12 education. The meetings will run from May through December of 2016. Not all dates are listed at this time and will be posted as venues confirm availability.

If you are unable to attend any of the public meetings, you can submit your comments and suggestions to the Arizona Department of Education via email at HearingEveryVoice@azed.gov, the submission form on ADE’s website at www.azed.gov/hearingeveryvoice, or via Twitter using @azedschools or #ParentsMustBeHeard.

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Opinion: Arizona Assessment Law is Troubling News for Students

| May 11, 2016
Opinion: Arizona Assessment Law is Troubling News for Students

Earlier this year, Arizona’s governor signed into law a bill that will allow school districts to discontinue use of the state’s 3rd grade through high school assessment, AzMERIT. AzMERIT, which was designed to measure students growth on Arizona’s new college- and career-ready standards, replaced Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) as the state’s measure of student achievement two years ago. …

The new law was sold to legislators and the public as a measure to cut duplicative assessments and decrease time spent on test prep. In reality, it is unlikely to do either.

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Opinion: Improving Arizona’s education system will take all of us

| May 11, 2016
Opinion: Improving Arizona’s education system will take all of us

One of the best parts of my job as president of Grand Canyon University is the opportunity to meet students who are truly inspirational.

I met one such young lady recently. She grew up in a modest inner-city apartment with her working-class parents, graduated from Maryvale High School with a 4.3 GPA and was the first in her family to go to college. She worked full-time at Wells Fargo Bank while going to college, earning a promotion every year, yet still managed to graduate from GCU in three years. And the money she earned from her job? She bought her parents their first home.

Today, with a degree in hand, she has set new goals for herself.

Her story is inspiring and it reminded me how important it is to harness the passion of our youth and arm them with the tools they need to succeed.

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Summit High graduation speaker juggles school goals, motherhood. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| May 11, 2016
Summit High graduation speaker juggles school goals, motherhood. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Bouncing a toddler on her hip and managing time between studying for her classes and caring for her daughter might not be what a conventional high school senior looks like, but Leona Slim said being a mother in high school has given her the motivation to reach for her dreams.

Slim, whose daughter, Anoel Beatrice, was born in December 2013, will be the student speaker at the Summit High School graduation later this month. The young mom has completed her high school courses at an accelerated pace, and participated in Career and Technical Education classes to pursue her goals of fashion design and merchandising.

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Begaye: teaching Navajo language is key to reinforcing foundations of Hózhó and Ké. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| May 11, 2016
Begaye: teaching Navajo language is key to reinforcing foundations of Hózhó and Ké. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the theme of “Shił Hózhó” for the 22nd Annual Heritage Language Conference was a great exemplification of how the Navajo people are rooted in the foundations of Hózhó and Ké.

Begaye was the keynote speaker at the conference, whichtook place in April at Monument Valley High School in Monument Valley, Utah.

“The Navajo language contains so many teachings of Hózhó and Ké,” he said. “As a Nation, this is who we are. Our language provides a way for us to move back into these teachings of Hózhó and Ké, because in many ways we havemoved away from them.”

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Grand Canyon Library an untapped resource

| May 11, 2016
Grand Canyon Library an untapped resource

Whether it’s renting the latest DVD, checking out a fashion or hiking magazine, using the internet for research or emailing family and friends, the Grand Canyon Community Library (GCCL) is hidden treasure where locals and visitors to Grand Canyon can find a quiet place to wind down and relax.
GCCL is one of three libraries in Grand Canyon Village. The school library, located in Grand Canyon School is used by students and faculty, the Grand Canyon National Park Research Library located in Park Headquarters and GCCL.

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Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce profiles retired teacher Diana Schweitzer

| May 10, 2016
Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce profiles retired teacher Diana Schweitzer

May is National Teacher Appreciation Month, and part of the Chamber’s recognition includes this month’s cover subject, Diana Schweitzer. Ms. Schweitzer retired from FUSD after 22 years with the district, and she speaks in glowing terms about her relationships with students, administration, and the business community at large, which she calls ‘her greatest teaching asset.’

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