Tag: LAUNCH Flagstaff

Seventh-grader Hannah Dodt wins 2019 Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more local education news here

| February 12, 2019
Seventh-grader Hannah Dodt wins 2019 Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more local education news here

Twelve-year-old Hannah Dodt’s confident recitations bookended this year’s Coconino County Spelling Bee Saturday morning at Coconino High School as she secured first place, matching the number that hung around her neck throughout the hour-long competition.

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LAUNCH seeking support for preschool pilot program. See more local education news here

| February 5, 2019
LAUNCH seeking support for preschool pilot program. See more local education news here

LAUNCH Flagstaff approached both the Flagstaff City Council and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors (Feb. 5) with one central message: the community needs more quality preschool options.

To advance world class education, which is LAUNCH’s stated mission, the organization is seeking supporters for a pilot program to improve preschool education within Flagstaff Unified School District boundaries by providing full-day, year-round preschool to 4-year-olds from low-income families.

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LAUNCH Flagstaff update for Jan. 21 — World-Class Education

| January 22, 2019
LAUNCH Flagstaff update for Jan. 21 — World-Class Education

The mission of LAUNCH Flagstaff is to advance a culture of world-class education for every child in Flagstaff from cradle through career.

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Education is a top issue for Ariz. voters, survey shows. See more local education news here

| January 15, 2019
Education is a top issue for Ariz. voters, survey shows. See more local education news here

For the fourth year in a row, Arizona voters have ranked education the top issue facing the state of Arizona, according to an annual survey conducted by Expect More Arizona, a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan education advocacy group.

Among other state issues, such as immigration and border issues, taxes and healthcare, education earned the top ranking of the 600 statewide voters surveyed.

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Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff. See more education news here

| December 27, 2018
Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff. See more education news here

LAUNCH Flagstaff was created to improve educational outcomes for local students. LAUNCH (Learn, Advocate, Unite, Network, Contribute, Help) is working toward improving five key metrics, including: kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading, eighth-grade math, high school graduation and postsecondary attainment. …

LAUNCH is currently focused on tackling early literacy, with an eye toward improving third grade reading levels. To do that, they’ll work to improve literacy in early years, from birth through age eight.

Recently, LAUNCH Flagstaff was awarded Acceleration Zone status by Read On Arizona, which will allow them to closely monitor literacy data and identify strategies for improving reading skills.

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LAUNCH Flagstaff update for October

| November 1, 2018
LAUNCH Flagstaff update for October

The signs that autumn is coming to a close are all around us today, from the chilly overnight low temperatures, the faded leaves blowing in the wind, and the costumed kiddos looking for treats.

The signs of our progress in advancing world-class education in Flagstaff aren’t always so obvious. That’s why I hope this monthly email is useful to you as we highlight just three of our advances in the work of our collective impact partnership.

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LAUNCH Flagstaff Update — September 2018

| October 3, 2018
LAUNCH Flagstaff Update — September 2018

This month I am pleased to share with you the amazing work of our partners, the renewal of broad community support for the infrastructure of LAUNCH Flagstaff, and a sneak peak of the Flagstaff premier screening of the documentary film Teaching in Arizona.

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LAUNCH Flagstaff update for September

| September 5, 2018
LAUNCH Flagstaff update for September

Summer 2018 has drawn to an “official” close so this is a wonderful opportunity to recap the work the partners of LAUNCH have accomplished during the summer break.  I’ve recapped some of those highlight below.

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LAUNCH Flagstaff — Advocacy and Avoiding the Summer Melt

| May 30, 2018
LAUNCH Flagstaff — Advocacy and Avoiding the Summer Melt

Advocating for the world-class education practices that are proven to help kids is the foundation for the work of LAUNCH Flagstaff and its partners – something to which everyone can usually agree. (Read our statement on Education Funding here)  However, when politics enters the education conversation, this accord often dissolves rapidly. …

The latest edu-political issue to surface is the revision of the Arizona science education standards (read-on for more).  Because the months ahead, though the November election are likely to be filled with more issues like this, I urge you to stay informed and stay engaged.  Our children are counting on us.

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LAUNCH Flagstaff update for April

| April 4, 2018
LAUNCH Flagstaff update for April

March may have been Flagstaff’s time for a spring break, but many of the partners of LAUNCH Flagstaff were hard at work advancing world-class education for every child from cradle through career.

Read more below about the progress we’ve made over the past month.

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