Tag: Helios Education Foundation

Arizona education group announces 1,000 scholarships for 2020 class. See more state education and legislative news here

| June 22, 2021
Arizona education group announces 1,000 scholarships for 2020 class. See more state education and legislative news here

In order to address the unprecedented drop in student postsecondary enrollment in Arizona, Helios Education Foundation, College Success Arizona, and other community partners are implementing an initiative to re-engage students in their education and offer an incentive scholarship to eligible students.

Colleges and universities in Arizona are experiencing significant declines in student enrollment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among first generation, low-income, and underserved students. Nationally, community college enrollment has fallen by 9.5 percent this year. In addition, Postsecondary enrollment for first-time freshmen (High School class of 2020) declined nearly 21.7 percent nationwide. In Arizona, statewide community college enrollment is down more than 16 percent.

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Arizona Receives Grant to Amplify State-Level FAFSA Completion Resources and Assistance. See more state education and legislative news here

| June 1, 2021
Arizona Receives Grant to Amplify State-Level FAFSA Completion Resources and Assistance. See more state education and legislative news here

Arizona was recently awarded a $50,000 grant by the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) to amplify state-level Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion resources and assistance to the high school graduating class of 2020 and 2021. Amid the economic, health and other impacts caused by the pandemic, students of color and students from low-income backgrounds are experiencing the largest declines in FAFSA completion and postsecondary enrollment. To combat these challenging times, Arizona’s FAFSA Coalition which consists of postsecondary and community partners from across the state have dedicated their efforts to this grant to ensure that Arizona students are not missing out on opportunities to fund their postsecondary education.

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Roughly 113,000 Arizona kids would be eligible for universal preschool under President Biden’s ‘American Families Plan’. See more state education and legislative news here

| April 30, 2021
Roughly 113,000 Arizona kids would be eligible for universal preschool under President Biden’s ‘American Families Plan’. See more state education and legislative news here

Arizona preschool advocates say they are embracing President Joe Biden’s plan for “four more years of public education,”pointing to research that shows preschool is the path towards achievement.

Preschool programs like the one at Wood Elementary School in Tempe are solely funded by cities, like, in this case, the City of Tempe. A spokesperson for Tempe says so far, the City of Tempe has invested roughly $8.5 million into its early learning program.

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Understanding Student and Family Needs During the Pandemic. See more state education and legislative news here

| April 13, 2021
Understanding Student and Family Needs During the Pandemic. See more state education and legislative news here

Earlier this academic year, College Success Arizona (CSA), in partnership with Arizona GEAR UP, embarked on a survey together to better understand parent perceptions regarding student support for college preparation during the pandemic, what information parents need for their student’s college preparation and how the pandemic has affected the student’s college choice and family’s financial situation.  The results, sadly, were not all that surprising to college access professionals: the COVID-19 pandemic is growing gaps in postsecondary access for low-income and first-generation college within our own state of Arizona.

CSA hosted a webinar ( https://collegesuccessarizona.org/2020/08/20/our-parent-survey-shows-educational-gaps-are-widening-as-a-result-of-the-pandemic/)  that explored the survey’s findings.

The findings of most interest included some of the below:

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Governor Ducey, Arizona Department of Education, Helios Education Foundation, and Arizona State University Launch Virtual Teacher Training Institute to Support Arizona Teachers and Students. See more state education news here

| August 11, 2020
Governor Ducey, Arizona Department of Education, Helios Education Foundation, and Arizona State University Launch Virtual Teacher Training Institute to Support Arizona Teachers and Students. See more state education news here

A new, $7.5 million partnership will help the state’s K-12 teachers deliver quality instruction and support for online and blended learning environments as Arizona grapples with the challenges of starting a school year during a global pandemic.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, Helios Education Foundation and Arizona State University today announced a collaboration to provide training and professional development for every teacher in Arizona. With financial support from the Governor’s office, the Arizona Department of Education and Helios, ASU Prep Digital’s Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute will provide both group and personal training to help Arizona teachers succeed in delivering online instruction.

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Helios Education Foundation and College Success Arizona launch the Arizona Postsecondary Student Resiliency Fund

| April 28, 2020
Helios Education Foundation and College Success Arizona launch the Arizona Postsecondary Student Resiliency Fund

Helios Education Foundation and College Success Arizona launched the Arizona Postsecondary Student Resiliency Fund to help support college students who have been impacted by COVID-19. The goal of the fund is to support students to persist and succeed in completing their postsecondary degree, despite the challenges and uncertainty brought on by the global pandemic.

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A Message to College Students as the Year Begins. See more state education news here

| August 6, 2019
A Message to College Students as the Year Begins. See more state education news here

For first-generation college students, navigating a new school environment can be daunting. Succeeding academically once they enroll, and completing a degree are often hindered by the circumstances these students have to face, like working full-time when enrolled or caring for other family members. These students also don’t have the benefit of drawing from their parents’ college-going experience. 

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#RedForEd redux? Arizona’s teachers, lawmakers fighting similar battles as in West Virginia. See more state education news here

| February 26, 2019
#RedForEd redux? Arizona’s teachers, lawmakers fighting similar battles as in West Virginia. See more state education news here

Teachers in West Virginia walked out of their classrooms last year and rushed their state’s Capitol.

Arizona teachers followed on their heels, walking out last spring over meager paychecks and thinned classroom funding.

As West Virginia lawmakers considered a voucher-style program this year; so did Arizona lawmakers.

And with tension growing in West Virginia over legislation educators believe to be retaliation for last year’s #RedForEd walkout, tension over similar proposals in Arizona is flaring, too.

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Helios Education Foundation and Arizona Governor’s Office Working to Increase K-3 Literacy

| August 22, 2018
Helios Education Foundation and Arizona Governor’s Office Working to Increase K-3 Literacy

Recently, Arizona’s education goals and strong education partnerships were featured at the Education Commission of the States, 2018 National Forum on Education Policy. Janice Palmer, Helios’ Vice President and Director of Policy, joined Dawn Wallace, Governor Ducey’s Senior Advisor, Education and Strategic Initiatives, in presenting how Arizona is utilizing public-private partnerships to improve educational outcomes for all Arizona students.

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Arizona Science Center Launches New Hands-On Teacher Training Program to Enhance Quality of Science Instruction in Arizona

| July 10, 2018
Arizona Science Center Launches New Hands-On Teacher Training Program to Enhance Quality of Science Instruction in Arizona

In response to the need to expand access to high-quality professional development for Arizona’s science teachers, Arizona Science Center launched the Science Teacher Residency (STaR) program. This new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teacher training program, generously supported by Helios Education Foundation, provides instruction and mentoring to third through eighth grade teachers at no cost to them. The first cohort of teachers began the program last week.

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