Tag: FUSD

Local Education Spotlight — Graduate Esther Cadman: After overcoming abuse, Navajo student find her way back to earn her Ph.D. See more local education news here

| November 17, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — Graduate Esther Cadman: After overcoming abuse, Navajo student find her way back to earn her Ph.D. See more local education news here

When she was in fourth grade, Esther Cadman’s teacher asked her a question that changed her life: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It’s a simple question every elementary school student has been asked, but for Cadman, this question opened the door to future possibilities, which was an idea she never had before: that she could be whatever she wanted. For that 10-year-old in Albuquerque, New Mexico, living in a home with alcoholism and domestic violence, that meant earning a doctorate.

Spoiler: She defended her dissertation a few weeks ago and on Nov. 22, she will graduate, being the first in her family to earn a Ph.D.

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Local Education Spotlight — Bilingual report: Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for October 5th. See more local education news here

| September 29, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — Bilingual report: Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for October 5th. See more local education news here

Participants need to RSVP by Thursday, October 1st at 6:00 p.m.

The Flagstaff Unified School District Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism Task Force will host a digital virtual town hall meeting on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. so that the community can provide insights on work in the areas of curriculum, professional development, staff diversity, and student behavior/social emotional learning.  The information gathered at the meeting will be considered as part of the Task Force’s report to the FUSD Governing Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Individuals interested in participating in the town hall are invited to RSVP via a form available here.  There is a cap on the number of active participants due to technology constraints, but the event will also be live streamed to the Flagstaff Unified School District Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo accounts so that the public can view the meeting.

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Education Spotlight — The 2020 Flagstaff Festival of Science Begins Sept. 18! See more local education news here

| September 15, 2020
Education Spotlight — The 2020 Flagstaff Festival of Science Begins Sept. 18! See more local education news here

The 31st annual Flagstaff Festival of Science is nearly here, and that means it’s time to participate in the “Best 10 Days of the Year.” This year, we celebrate the Superpowers of Science through more than 60 FREE events for all ages from Sept. 18-27!

Each year, the Festival’s all-volunteer Board of Directors works to help you indulge your curiosity. This year has presented a special kind of challenge as we tried to find ways to engage and excite you while observing social distancing, but thanks to our innovative partners and technology, we are thrilled to bring you a wide variety of fun and educational events, including online presentations, virtual workshops, classroom talks and guided tours, led by Flagstaff scientists.

This year’s Festival will look a little different, but we continue to emphasize hands-on learning with free science kits; interaction with scientists through online platforms; and opportunities to explore through self-guided tours, socially distanced walks and outdoor activities.

And, as always, we will kick off the Festival with an exceptional ballet performance. On Friday, Sept. 18, the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy will present “The Caped Crusaders of Science” at 6:45 p.m., followed by our W. L. Gore & Associates Keynote Presentation with Earth scientist Christa Sadler, “Tapping into the Superpowers of Science” at 7 p.m.

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Education Spotlight — Puente de Hózhó’s Jillian Hernandez named Top Five Finalist for 2021 AEF Teacher of the Year. See more local education news here

| September 8, 2020
Education Spotlight —  Puente de Hózhó’s Jillian Hernandez named Top Five Finalist for 2021 AEF Teacher of the Year. See more local education news here

Puente de Hózhó fifth grade teacher, Jillian Hernandez, has been named as a top five finalist for the 2021 Arizona Education Foundation (AEF) Teacher of the Year. The annual Teacher of the Year program is the premier event of AEF, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to championing the exceptional work of public schools. The winner of the recognition will be Arizona’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year while the other four finalist candidates will serve as Ambassadors for Excellence.

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Local Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in STEAM — David Krassner & Shawn Skabelund: Ancient Waters. See more local education news here

| March 3, 2020
Local Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in STEAM — David Krassner & Shawn Skabelund: Ancient Waters. See more local education news here

During the Spring of 2019 David Krassner’s AP Environmental Science students collaborated with artist Shawn Skabelund in creating a large-scale art installation, Ancient Waters, which focused on the biological and chemical research done at Fossil Creek, April 4-6, 2019. David led his 30 students on this three day field trip, and then worked with several of them preparing the work of art.

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Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Dr. Alice Christie. See more local education news here

| January 27, 2020
Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Dr. Alice Christie. See more local education news here

Dr. Alice Christie has dedicated her life to serving others. Currently in her 54th year as an educator, she taught in the K-12 arena for 20+ years, was a professor of education at Arizona State University for 20+ years and spent 9 years traveling to 37 states to provide STEM education workshops to over 5000 PK-12 teachers. In 2017, she founded and self-funded Tynkertopia, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Flagstaff.

Christie, founder of Tynkertopia in Flagstaff, was named a finalist in the 2020 Viola Awards in the Excellence in Arts Education category)

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Education Spotlight: One hundred days for Fredonia School Superintendent Gilmore. See more local education news here

| December 9, 2019
Education Spotlight: One hundred days for Fredonia School Superintendent Gilmore. See more local education news here

(Tod) Gilmore sees his initial tenure here as three 100-day periods. The first 100 days he has spent “getting to know the Fredonia way.”

Essentially observing and learning how things are done, and why. He asks, “Do we do things the way we’ve always done because it’s the best and proven way to do something? Or is it an inertia issue that we need to look at as a community?”

Gilmore believes graduates of FHS should know they have no limits, should know what their dreams are, and be equipped to actualize those dreams. He feels this is a virtue of being a smaller high school, “we have an incredible ability to really know our students, and the smaller class sizes can be very powerful if we take advantage of it.”

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Education Spotlight: Attracting students to policing, emergency services. See more local education news here

| December 2, 2019
Education Spotlight: Attracting students to policing, emergency services. See more local education news here

The high school students listened intently to the 9-1-1 call. The woman told the dispatcher that her baby wasn’t breathing. The dispatcher, calmly, walked the mother through the steps of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until emergency crews could arrive.

“We are all super passionate about what we do,” said Katie Brandis, Communications Manager at the Law Enforcement Administrative Facility in Flagstaff. And, even though the work is stressful, she added, it is also very rewarding and dispatchers often make a difference between life and death.

Twelve students from area high schools spent the day on Nov. 14 at the Law Enforcement Administrative Facility learning about the careers in policing and emergency services available in Flagstaff and in the county. The event, the second installment of a two-day series, was organized by the Coconino County Arizona @ Work Business Service team, of which Coconino Community College is a member.

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Education Spotlight: Board taps Navajo Nation educator for County Superintendent of Schools. See more local education news here

| November 11, 2019
Education Spotlight: Board taps Navajo Nation educator for County Superintendent of Schools. See more local education news here

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors selected Dr. Tommy Lewis as the new Superintendent of Schools. The Board confirmed the appointment during the regular Board meeting on Nov. 5 and Dr. Lewis will begin his service on Nov. 18.

Dr. Lewis replaces Dr. Risha VanderWey, who began serving as the Tuba City School District Superintendent in August. Dr. Lewis’ term runs until Dec. 31, 2020. A primary and general election will be held in 2020 for a new term beginning in 2021.

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Education Spotlight: Lights On Afterschool Future Leaders Town Hall to be held Oct. 24 at CCC. See more local education news here

| October 21, 2019
Education Spotlight: Lights On Afterschool Future Leaders Town Hall to be held Oct. 24 at CCC. See more local education news here

The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) is working with Arizona Town Hall to carry out three Future Leaders Town Hall (FLTH) events in Maricopa, Pinal and Coconino counties. The Future Leaders Town Hall in Flagstaff, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, is being organized in a partnership with Coconino County, LAUNCH Flagstaff and the venue sponsor Coconino Community College.

With these events the hope is to bring attention to the value of out-of-school time programming as a significant component on the Future Leaders Town Hall topic of Strong Families Thriving Children.

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