Tag: Expect More Arizona

Helping Parents, Teachers and Students Succeed During COVID: A Virtual Event on Sept. 29

| September 29, 2020
Helping Parents, Teachers and Students Succeed During COVID:  A Virtual Event on Sept. 29

Join Expect More Arizona and College Success Arizona as we explore the impact of COVID-19 and the resources parents, teachers and students believe are needed to be successful during the pandemic.

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Expect More Arizona presents ‘Vote 4 Education Webinar Series – What’s At Stake This Election’ on Sept. 30

| September 29, 2020
Expect More Arizona presents ‘Vote 4 Education Webinar Series – What’s At Stake This Election’ on Sept. 30

Arizona students and educators are counting on voters to study up on the issues and show up for the November election. Many of the topics weighing on the minds of voters have a significant impact on students and classrooms, include the ongoing pandemic, social injustice, and more.

Expect More Arizona is pleased to host a series of webinars focused on How Your Vote Makes a Difference in Education. Register now for our first virtual event: 

BONDS AND OVERRIDES – WHAT THEY ARE
AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

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Expect More Arizona — Parents, here’s how to make online learning easier for you and teachers, alike. See more state education news here

| September 8, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Parents, here’s how to make online learning easier for you and teachers, alike. See more state education news here

A few weeks into the school year, things are already easier than they were at the beginning. But distance learning isn’t simple. To help, here’s some of the advice that I give families I work with:

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Expect More Arizona — Additional Results from Survey of Nearly 11k Teachers

| July 7, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Additional Results from Survey of Nearly 11k Teachers

On July 7, we released the second phase of results from our May 2020 survey of nearly 11,000 K-12 teachers. While the first round of results focused on teachers feelings about returning to school later this summer, this new data offers teacher’s reflection on teaching and learning when schools closed in March.

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Question remains whether kids, teachers will show for school. See more state education news here

| July 7, 2020
Question remains whether kids, teachers will show for school. See more state education news here

A two-week delay in the start of in-classroom learning ordered by Gov. Doug Ducey may give schools more time to prepare to teach in the middle of the pandemic.

But that assumes students are going to show up on August 17 – and whether anyone will be there to teach them.

“A lot of parents are ready for their kids to go back,” said Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association. And he said teachers also are ready.

But Thomas said it’s not that simple in the days of COVID-19.
“We’re all starting to learn that there are people that we know who either they have it or their kids have it or a family member has it,” he said.

“So there’s a lot of anxiety,” Thomas said. “They want to be back. But they just don’t feel safe.”

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Expect More Arizona reports on school reopening plan

| June 30, 2020
Expect More Arizona reports on school reopening plan

On Wednesday, June 24, Governor Ducey issued an executive order and a plan to use federal funds to address some of the questions and concerns of public schools who are grappling with the task of how best to proceed with the 2020-21 school year. 

The Governor announced one-time federal funding investments of $270 million from the Governor’s Office and $25 million from the Arizona Department of Education.

Check out our blog for details on how the funding will be allocated, the importance of the executive order and where we go from here. 

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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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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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Expect More Arizona — Tell Your Legislators to Protect Education Funding At Every Level!

| June 9, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Tell Your Legislators to Protect Education Funding At Every Level!

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on nearly everything, including state revenues. As such, the state budget is expected to be a highly contested topic in the coming months. Now, more than ever, it’s important for you to contact your state legislators and convey the importance of protecting education funding, at every level.

While Arizona has received much-needed federal relief funds to supplement current state funding in the short term, and may see another stimulus package, those funds must not be used to supplant state education funding. Our entire education system will still not have adequate, sustainable resources to meaningfully and systemically tackle the achievement gap that has been ripped wide open by the pandemic.

Email your state legislators today and make sure they know education is your top priority and ALL of education – early childcare, K-12, and colleges and universities – is in desperate need of additional investments.

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Expect More Arizona — We want to hear from teachers

| May 26, 2020
Expect More Arizona — We want to hear from teachers

Expect More Arizona is working with the State Board of Education to gather information from Arizona teachers about the transition from in-person to distance learning. 

We want to hear more about what worked well and what didn’t work at all, what support teachers need, how or if students were engaged, what teachers would do differently should distance learning be needed in the future, and what steps should be taken to help teachers feel safe returning to the classroom next school year.

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