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Share-able resources from Expect More Arizona

| June 16, 2020
Share-able resources from Expect More Arizona

This month, we are providing content focused on our recent K-12 Teacher Survey phase one results, as well as our Vote 4 Education campaign with the primary election coming up on August 4, 2020. Additionally, we have two recent blogs highlighting how school staff were still hard at work during school closures as well as a recap of 2020 legislative session.

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First Things First Navajo Nation Region announces two resource guides for Navajo Nation

| June 16, 2020
First Things First Navajo Nation Region announces two resource guides for Navajo Nation

First Things First Navajo Nation Region announced the online distribution of two resource guides during the June 10 Tuba City Zoom Regional Networking Meeting.

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Flagstaff STEM City June Newsletter

| June 16, 2020
Flagstaff STEM City June Newsletter

Recognizing excellence in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), the eighth annual Flagstaff STEMmy Awards will be held digitally on our Facebook page on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
STEM City requests nominations for candidates each spring for candidates or organizations in the areas of community support, student achievement, and exemplary teaching. A panel reviews the submissions to determine the winner of each area and winners receive $500.
Congratulations to the winners and all of the nominees!

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Expect More Arizona — AZ Teachers on Returning to the Classroom

| June 16, 2020
Expect More Arizona — AZ Teachers on Returning to the Classroom

Expect More Arizona, in partnership with the State Board of Education, recently conducted a survey of K-12 teachers. The purpose of the survey was to assess sentiment about how teaching and learning went this spring, and to find out how educators are feeling about returning to school later this summer. Nearly 11,000 teachers from across the state completed the voluntary survey. The results will be shared in three phases, first with a focus on reopening schools.

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First Things First — Resources to support young children and their families

| June 16, 2020
First Things First — Resources to support young children and their families

A 50% drop in referrals to Arizona’s Early Intervention Program since mid-March has partners looking at alternative ways to do screenings, such as through telehealth, and to reach parents about the importance of identifying disabilities and developmental delays as early as possible.

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STEM Saturdays — Equity in STEM Education

| June 16, 2020
STEM Saturdays — Equity in STEM Education

Equity in Afterschool Resources
Shared from Exploratorium

Tinkering can offer more equitable opportunities for STEM-rich learning by allowing students to bring their multiple ways of knowing into self-directed, inquiry-oriented work that connects science and art to everyday practices. Tinkering activities alone, however, cannot address the various systemic challenges impacting equity in STEM education. Exploratorium has compiled resources describing what these systemic challenges are and how policy makers, program leaders, and community members can strive to create more high-quality, STEM-rich learning opportunities.

Take a look

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Coconino County Parks & Recreation — Summer events, fire restrictions, and the Census connection

| June 16, 2020
Coconino County Parks & Recreation — Summer events, fire restrictions, and the Census connection

All playgrounds, basketball courts, ramadas (including picnic tables and barbecue grills), and restroom facilities managed by Coconino County Parks & Recreation remain closed at this time.

We encourage you to engage in responsible physical and social distancing when recreating outdoors. Parks, natural areas, and trails managed by Coconino County are open for public enjoyment; this excludes Louise Yellowman County Park.

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Community Zoom Meeting to Discuss New Killip School to be held June 18

| June 16, 2020
Community Zoom Meeting to Discuss New Killip School to be held June 18

FLAGSTAFF — The DLR Group will be holding a virtual meeting to collect information from the community regarding the design & building of our new Killip Elementary School and Community Learning Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18 at https://dlrgroup.zoom.us/j/9352055802, Meeting ID: 935 205 5802.

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Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y presents free web resource — ‘Mindfulness for Professionals and Parents’

| June 15, 2020
Connections Spotlight: CCC&Y presents free web resource — ‘Mindfulness for Professionals and Parents’

CCC&Y has created Mindfulness for Professionals and Parents, an hour-long free webinar that highlights the importance mindfulness holds for both individuals and for those we are working with. Participants said:

“I felt better immediately at the beginning of the training!”

“Mindfulness is an important part of daily operations! We need to remember to take time for ourselves. I love the acronyms and will share with my NAU students!!!!”

“I found the training to be very relevant at this time in our lives.”

CCC&Y has multiple reasons for focusing on mindfulness as a strategy in our community.  We know the benefits it has for overall mental and physical health.  We know that it is a useful strategy to help with both substance abuse prevention and child abuse prevention.  Further, as Ruth King notes,

“When we are unconscious of how we affect each other, we are more likely to cause harm.  However, when nonharming is at the forefront of our awareness, it becomes an anchor, a way of reminding us, moment to moment, to pay attention- to live mindfully.”

In an effort to address how we treat each other and ourselves we invite you to explore more on this topic.  Let’s all work toward healing together!

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First Things First Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council to host a virtual forum on June 15

| June 12, 2020
First Things First Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council to host a virtual forum on June 15

The First Things First Navajo Nation Regional Partnership Council will host a virtual forum, designed to give participants – especially parents and caregivers of young children – an opportunity to increase their awareness of relevant early childhood topics. A panel of experts will discuss parenting in the time of coronavirus and social distancing and cover the following topics:

• comfort during stressful times
• early childhood activities at home

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