LAUNCH Flagstaff update for Nov. 30

| December 6, 2017

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Here’s a quick look at three accomplishments of the LAUNCH Flagstaff partnership during the month of November.
MULTI – LEA COLLABORATION ON KINDERGARTEN READINESSMountain School, PEAK School and the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) collaborated on a multi-LEA (Local Education Agency) application for partnership with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to receive support for implementation of the Kindergarten Developmental Inventory (KDI) / K-3 Formative Assessment.

The goal of this collaboration is to establish a consistent and reliable method for assessing community-wide student readiness for school and to better address individual student needs.

Through this collaboration, over 185 students will be served across five elementary schools:  Mountain, PEAK, Sechrist, Marshall, and Killip.

Additional partners in this first of its kind collaboration include Northern Arizona University’s College of Education and the Coconino County Educational Service Agency.

Flagstaff area high schools saw a combined 21 percent increase in completed applications for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) this year over last. According to data from the Federal Student Aid office, by November 17, 2017 the seven public high schools in Flagstaff submitted 651 FAFSA applications compared to 549 by the same date in 2016, a 19% increase.  607 of those 2017 applications were completed by the November date compared to only 549 in 2016.  This tallies to a 21% increase in FAFSA completions year over year.

Data show that when a high school student completes the FAFSA, they are more likely to enroll in a post-secondary educational experience, which is one of the five goals of the LAUNCH Flagstaff partnership. Additionally, a Georgetown University report estimates that by 2020 65% of all jobs will require education or training beyond high school. 

LAUNCH PARTNERS PARTICIPATE IN ARIZONA TOWN HALLFlagstaff attorney Patrice Horstman and Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Risha VanderWey, both members of the LAUNCH Flagstaff Community Leadership Council, joined LAUNCH Partnership Director Paul Kulpinski at the 110th Arizona Town Hall on Funding preK – 12 Education.  This northern Arizona contingent participated with about one-hundred other community and business leaders, elected officials, students and educators in an intense three-day process to draft a list of recommendations to be used by communities across the state to influence local and state policy on funding public education in Arizona.The report prioritizes the following action items:

  1. Recruiting and retaining teachers with a dedicated revenue stream to increase teacher pay commensurate with the national average.
  2. Restoring full funding for school capital needs.
  3. Funding full-day Kindergarten and early childhood education programs.
  4. Eliminating “results-based” funding.
  5. Implementing consistent, transparent accountability standards for all educations systems that accept public funds.
  6. Ensuring that all existing and new funding sources for education can not be diverted for other purposes.


The LAUNCH Flagstaff Data and Communications Teams are hard at work compiling and analyzing our local education data to produce our first baseline education report to serve as a call to action for our work in the coming year.  Look for the publication and distribution of our report in February 2018.


  • December 5, 2017 – 4:00 pm: Kindergarten Readiness CAN
  • December 19, 2017 – 4:30 pm: LAUNCH 101
  • January 9, 2018 – 4:00 pm: Kindergarten Readiness CAN
  • January 11, 2018 – TBD:  Post-Secondary CAN
  • January 20, 2018 – 10am: Financial Aid / Scholarship Fair
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Thank you for your commitment to creating a system of world-class education for every child in Flagstaff, from cradle through career.


Paul Kulpinski
Partnership Director, LAUNCH Flagstaff

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