Tag: back to school

Education Spotlight — FHS’s Emily Musta Receives Fulbright Award. See more local education news

| August 4, 2020
Education Spotlight — FHS’s Emily Musta Receives Fulbright Award. See more local education news

Emily Musta of Flagstaff High School in Flagstaff, Arizona has been selected for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research (Fulbright DA) Program to New Zealand, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Musta is one of approximately 22 U.S. citizens who will travel to 10 countries around the world in spring 2021 on the Fulbright DA Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S government and was created to increase mutual understanding and build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given over 390,000 passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems. The global network of Fulbrighters fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe.

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In reprise of 2018 ruling, judge boots tax hike for education off ballot. See more state education news here

| August 4, 2020
In reprise of 2018 ruling, judge boots tax hike for education off ballot. See more state education news here

For the second time in as many election cycles, a judge has barred from the ballot a citizen initiative that seeks to increase funding for K-12 education by hiking income taxes for higher earning Arizonans, ruling that the campaign omitted critical information from a brief description on the petitions they circulated.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury ruled on Friday that the Invest in Education initiative’s 100-word description didn’t include a half dozen key components of the measure. And Coury took the initiative campaign to task for failing to heed an Arizona Supreme Court ruling that blocked the 2018 iteration of the same initiative from the ballot. 

The Invest in Education campaign said it will appeal the ruling to the Arizona Supreme Court. 

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Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge. See more national education news here

| August 4, 2020
Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge. See more national education news here

Putting your child on the bus for the first day of school is always a leap of faith for a parent. Now, on top of the usual worries about youngsters adjusting to new teachers and classmates, there’s COVID-19.

Rachel Adamus was feeling those emotions Monday morning as she got 7-year-old Paul ready for his first day of second grade and prepared 5-year-old Neva for the start of kindergarten.

With a new school year beginning this week in some states, Adamus struggled to balance her fears with her belief that her children need the socialization and instruction that school provides, even as the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has hit about 155,000 and cases are rising in numerous places.

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Teachers, health experts weigh in on reopening schools amid COVID-19 pandemic. See more state education news here

| July 21, 2020
Teachers, health experts weigh in on reopening schools amid COVID-19 pandemic. See more state education news here

As we get ready to begin a new week, the question remains: When will students actually go back to school, and what will learning look like?

Governor Doug Ducey said in a press conference (on July 16) he is going to wait to give news about reopening classrooms. Arizona’s Family spoke to Joe Thomas, the president of the Arizona Education Association. He says the passing of Arizona teacher Kimberley Byrd, who died after testing positive for COVID-19, rippled through the community.

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Where some of the country’s biggest school districts stand on reopening schools. See more national education news here

| July 21, 2020
Where some of the country’s biggest school districts stand on reopening schools. See more national education news here

The plan to reopen US schools has shifted several times throughout the summer as coronavirus cases have surged.

Many major school districts are refusing to reopen, some even defying state guidelines, until coronavirus cases begin to drop. For those offering hybrid learning, or some in-person, some online classes, parents usually have the option to opt out and enroll their child in all online classes for the rest of the school year.
The plans below could change again based on ever-changing pandemic trends. Here’s what some of the US’ largest school districts are planning when schools resume classes.

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Dozens of Arizona school board members to Ducey: Delay in-person school opening until October. See more state education news here

| July 14, 2020
Dozens of Arizona school board members to Ducey: Delay in-person school opening until October. See more state education news here

More than 60 school board members from districts across the state have signed onto a letter asking Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to delay the reopening of in-person schooling until October.

Ducey ordered a delay to the start of in-person lessons until Aug. 17.

“A lot of school staff are coming to us saying, ‘We’re afraid of going back to school,'” Adam Lopez Falk, a school board member in the Alhambra Unified School District, said. “Kicking it to the 17th isn’t going to do much for a lot of us.”

Save Our Schools Arizona, an education advocacy organization, joined in the calls to delay in-person class until October.

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Local Education Spotlight — Coconino County Parks & Recreation — Summer day camp open for registration. Register by July 10. See more local education news here

| July 7, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — Coconino County Parks & Recreation — Summer day camp open for registration. Register by July 10. See more local education news here

Coconino County Parks & Recreation is now accepting registrations for the Outdoor Adventure Summer Day Camp. Activities for this year’s camp include archery, group games, hiking, arts and crafts, and a field trip to Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course.

Due to COVID-19, staff made some changes to camp this year, including:

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What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns. See more national education news here

| June 30, 2020
What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns. See more national education news here

When Arizona schools shut down in mid-March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Tatiana Laimit, a nurse in Phoenix, knew she needed a backup plan. Laimit is a single mother of a 6-year-old girl and had recently relocated to the area. She didn’t have any friends or family nearby to ask for help.

It was past 8 on a Friday night when she shot off an email to her local YMCA to ask if they were providing emergency care for the children of front-line workers. “And immediately [someone] responded and let me know, ‘Yes.’ ”

Throughout the pandemic, many child care centers have stayed open for the children of front-line workers — everyone from doctors to grocery store clerks. YMCA of the USA and New York City’s Department of Education have been caring for, collectively, tens of thousands of children since March, and both tell NPR they have no reports of coronavirus clusters or outbreaks. As school districts sweat over reopening plans, and with just over half of parents telling pollsters they’re comfortable with in-person school this fall, public health and policy experts say education leaders should be discussing and drawing on these real-world child care experiences.

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Building healthy communities: Redefining school culture. See more state education news here

| June 23, 2020
Building healthy communities: Redefining school culture. See more state education news here

Building Healthy Communities is a concept quickly being embraced throughout America, and this effort to unite communities and schools improves the well-being of all stakeholders.

What has an ideal world looked like for the past few months? What will an ideal world look like in the next few months as students return to school, restaurants open and people continue to unite across America? 

The one thing we are sure of is that building the healthiest social and emotional climate, culture and community should be the forefront of our decisions moving forward.

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Schools welcome back staff with rallies, learning opportunities. See more state education news here

| July 30, 2019
Schools welcome back staff with rallies, learning opportunities. See more state education news here

Fifth in a series on what teachers do during the summer: As the first day of school approaches, many districts welcome back teachers, staff and students with rallies, convocations setting the tone for the next school year and learning opportunities for all employees.

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