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Summer School Is a Hot Idea Right Now. Could It Work? See more national education news here

| February 9, 2021
Summer School Is a Hot Idea Right Now. Could It Work? See more national education news here

The idea makes sense, so much so that at least two governors, a national union leader and President Biden are behind it: extend this school year into the summer to help students make up for some of the learning they lost during a year of mostly remote school.

By summer, more teachers will be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Transmission rates might be significantly lower. And it will be easier in warm weather for students and educators to spend time in the open air, which is safer than being indoors.

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How students give back to their communities for holidays. See more state education news here

| December 29, 2020
How students give back to their communities for holidays. See more state education news here

Whether taking part in online learning, hybrid instruction or in-person classes, students found ways to give back, share kindness and care for those deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic hardships this holiday season.

Here are some of the ways students, teachers and their schools found to give back to their communities during the holidays.

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Children’s Action Alliance — The Time is Now for Arizona to Reimagine an Equitable Child Welfare System that Supports Children within their Families and Communities

| September 22, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — The Time is Now for Arizona to Reimagine an Equitable Child Welfare System that Supports Children within their Families and Communities

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and the current manifestations of the nation’s troubled history of systemic racism has sparked outcries to not just reform, but to reimagine the criminal justice, health care, and education systems. Those same calls are also being heard in the child welfare community. These efforts center around supporting children within their families and communities to prevent child maltreatment as well as the compounding trauma and negative outcomes that stem from family separation when a child enters foster care.  

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Schools chief issues ‘roadmap’ to reopen classrooms. See more state education news here

| June 2, 2020
Schools chief issues ‘roadmap’ to reopen classrooms. See more state education news here

The state’s top education official wants schools to plan for reopening even as she concedes she doesn’t know how much money they will have — and that it’s virtually impossible to guarantee a risk-free environment.

In a 41-page “roadmap” released Monday (June 1), Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman provided a series of options for local school board members to consider as they figure out what’s the best course of action going forward for 1.1 million youngsters in more than 2,000 school buildings.

Among the proposals worked out with education, community and health officials:

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United Way of Northern Arizona — Catholic Charities Says ‘Thanks’ for COVID-19 Funds

| April 28, 2020
United Way of Northern Arizona — Catholic Charities Says ‘Thanks’ for COVID-19 Funds

In case you missed it, Catholic Charities, the nonprofit recently named Flagstaff’s “Organization of the Year,” wanted to share a message with those of you who have given to the United Way of Northern Arizona COVID-19 Fund:

“Thank you.”

UWNA recently awarded $15,000 to the nonprofit to help it continue its mission of “helping our community’s most vulnerable with solutions that permanently improve lives.”

Here’s a small list of what Catholic Charities provides every day to assist families and children in northern Arizona:
Recruiting and supporting families providing foster care for children. This is a particularly crucial need; in Arizona, it’s estimated there is only one licensed foster family for every four children who need care.
Programs that keep families together and prevent child abuse by helping families identify and make changes to promote safety, health and stability in the home. …

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Children’s Action Alliance — Resources for Young People with Experience in Foster Care

| March 31, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Resources for Young People with Experience in Foster Care

COVID-19 is dramatically disrupting all of our lives, including the lives of over 14,000 children and youth in foster care in Arizona. Many of these young people were already struggling to find a sense of normalcy when COVID-19 pulled the rug out from underneath them again.

As our policymakers both in Washington, D.C. and here in Arizona respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Children’s Action Alliance is advocating to ensure that the needs of current and former foster youth are addressed.

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Arizona School Resource Officers to undergo voluntary mental health training. See more state education news here

| November 19, 2019
Arizona School Resource Officers to undergo voluntary mental health training. See more state education news here

School resource officers across Arizona are getting new training starting next week.

The idea came from a state lawmaker who didn’t agree with Governor Doug Ducey’s plan just to add more SROs. She says the issue is training them.

Representative Alma Hernandez tweeted the governor during his state of the state address earlier this year, saying Arizona needs counselors, not cops. Hernandez believes SROs need the training to identify students in a mental health crisis or how to de-escalate a situation.

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When Googling it doesn’t work: How to help students learn. See more state education news here

| October 15, 2019
When Googling it doesn’t work: How to help students learn. See more state education news here

When Lorie Fitzgerald saw how her daughter Angelina struggled to keep up with her third-grade classwork at Copper Creek Elementary School in Deer Valley Unified School District, she knew she had to find a way to help her student learn.

“Angelina has a developmental delay, because of this, she has struggled to close the learning gap,” Fitzgerald said. “For so long Angelina was just sitting in class, but not fully understanding what was going on.”

While many schools offer before, during or after-school academic tutoring to help students learn who need more assistance, some schools do not have the resources to provide that service. That leaves parents with the decision of how and where to seek help for their child.

Fitzgerald turned to LearnerLink, which partners with school districts to provide quality certified teachers to help students with personalized learning in K-12 subject areas, skill development, enrichment and college prep through in-person interaction and online-learning opportunities.

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Action & Outreach Spotlight: ‘Rumble on the Rim’ focused specifically on the history of Grand Canyon from an Indigenous perspective

| July 29, 2019
Action & Outreach Spotlight: ‘Rumble on the Rim’ focused specifically on the history of Grand Canyon from an Indigenous perspective

The Grand Canyon is an ageless wonder of the world. Though 2019 marks the Grand Canyon’s centennial as a national park, it has been home to Indigenous people for millennia. In response to the park’s anniversary, “Rumble on the Rim” took place at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on July 27, 2019.

The event combined educational presentations with entertainment that featured Indigenous voices from the Colorado Plateau. Rumble on the Rim focused specifically on the history of Grand Canyon from an Indigenous perspective.

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CAA opinion: Arizona Needs to Break Down Barriers Blocking Support for Kinship Families. See related stories here

| February 18, 2019
CAA opinion: Arizona Needs to Break Down Barriers Blocking Support for Kinship Families. See related stories here

All children who live in foster care require financial support so their temporary families can provide them safe care and bring stability to their lives. But children removed from their homes by the Department of Child Safety (DCS) and placed with relatives or family friends – known as kinship families – are often missing the support that comes to licensed foster families.

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