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$19 M grant would help schools with teacher development, stipends, reading & math curriculum, summer ed resources and more

Supt. Of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman Talks About Efforts To Increase Behavioral Health Services For Arizona Students During A News Briefing Sept. 10, 2020 At Hamilton High School In Chandler. Photo Courtesy Of The Office Of The Arizona Governor

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Updated 11/11: Gov. Doug Ducey and Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced a $19 million grant to help schools with teacher development, teacher stipends, reading and math curriculum, summer education resources and more that will come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). 

On Veterans Day, we express appreciation for all veterans, military personnel and their families for their service, sacrifices and contributions.

Listen to Cave Creek Unified‘s Nancy Pratt, a veteran and educator, talk about how her military experiences carried into her education career for Veterans Day.

Event organizers encourage Arizonans to remember wear masks and social distance as they take part in Veterans Day events today.

School leaders shared the difficult decisions they’re making to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their schools during a news conference yesterday with Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ. Click here for a story on that

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 265,163 today from 264,133 yesterday, and 6,228 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 170,207 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 31,204 in Pima County, 14,843 in Yuma County, 13,133 in Pinal County, 6,929 in Navajo County, 6,035 in Coconino County, 4,876 in Mohave County, 4,241 in Apache County, 3,407 in Yavapai County, 3,187 in Santa Cruz County, 2,539 in Cochise County, 2,244 in Gila County, 1,533 in Graham County, 665 in La Paz County and 120 in Greenlee County.

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Here are six recommendations for school leaders to help create equitable learning environments from The Education Trust.

Washington Elementary School District honors Cholla Middle School’s Debbie Yarbrough for all she does to help students and families.

Colleges have many education benefits for veterans and active duty military service members.

Arizona once was a leader in services for people with developmental disabilities, but that has changed, KJZZ 91.5 FM reports.

A new pilot project plans to expand the reach of successful tutoring programs around the country, Education Week reports.

Sunnyside Unified School District will return to remote learning after Thanksgiving.

Teachers are spending more of their own money to get what they need for remote teaching, The Hechinger Report says.

Here’s what to do if you FAFSA is selected for verification to ensure you receive financial aid.

Updated 11/10: Kayenta Unified School Teacher Jolene Smith is featured in the first podcast episode from Rural Schools Collaborative.

Smith draws on her own experience growing up and tells her students that education can be a way out of a tough situation.

She also incorporates Diné culture into her lessons and integrates the community into the classroom. In one lesson, Smith’s students solve math word problems about building a hogan.

Crane School District honors celebrates Veteran’s Day by sharing photos of family members who have served in the military.

Cartwright School District‘s Palm Lane School Teacher David Solano will speak at Arizona State University‘s Ignite event on Nov. 19 about overcoming his disability and starting a basketball program.

School leaders shared the difficult decisions they’re making to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their schools during a news conference yesterday with Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ. Click here for a story on that.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 264,133 today from 259,699 yesterday, and 6,192 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 169,091 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 31,013 in Pima County, 14,693 in Yuma County, 13,026 in Pinal County, 6,881 in Navajo County, 5,996 in Coconino County, 4,821 in Mohave County, 4,217 in Apache County, 3,305 in Yavapai County, 3,175 in Santa Cruz County, 2,483 in Cochise County, 2,191 in Gila County, 1,467 in Graham County, 657 in La Paz County and 117 in Greenlee County.

J.O. Combs Unified School District reminds students families that schools and district offices will be closed tomorrow in observance of Veterans Day.

East Valley Institute of Technology thanks veterans for all they’ve done and all they do.

Teachers say students excited about learning and willing to help lead class discussions has had the most impact on their online teaching experience.

Avondale Middle School teachers show students they are all capable of success by starting Kids at Hope week in their caps and gowns.

Desert Thunder students show off college wear as part of their College and Career Ready spirit week.

Black children need to see educators support and nurture young students of color and confront harmful stereotypes head on, says Educational Leadership.

Paradise Valley Unified‘s Sweetwater Community School is offering night classes for teens wanting credit recovery or to get ahead.

You can attend Northern Arizona University‘s presidential search town hall and cubmit questions in advance, the Arizona Board of Regents says.

Dysart Unified shared an act of kindness between rival football players when one athlete was hurt.

Afterschool Alliance calls for significant invesments at all levels to create more enrichment programs and after-school meals.

Dysart Unified thanked the community for supporting the school override continuation to keep key student programs fully funded.

Read Better Be Better Arizona invites you to attend LINK 2020 to help raise literacy awareness and give them an opportunity to win $1,000 for their work.

Updated 11/9: The Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Department of Health Services and school leaders will hold a media conference today at 3:30 p.m. today to provide an update on Arizona schools and COVID-19. Click here for a story on that.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and AZDHS Director Dr. Cara Christ will be joined by Vail School District Supt. John Carruth, Mesa Public Schools Supt. Dr. Andi Fourlis and Roosevelt Elementary School District Supt. Dr. Quintin Boyce for the media conference.

K-12 public schools nationwide need Congress to provide significant additional emergency COVID-19 relief funding now, school leaders say.

With election results still coming in and the presidential election called by national news organizations this weekend, students and teachers are talking about what’s going on.

In addition to candidates and causes, civics education should also focus on norms and habits of mind, Education Next says.

Increased incidences of COVID-19 are leading more schools to consider returning to virtual or online learning.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 259,699 today from 259,264 yesterday, and 6,164 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 167,063 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 30,493 in Pima County, 14,534 in Yuma County, 12,867 in Pinal County, 6,824 in Navajo County, 5,864 in Coconino County, 4,743 in Mohave County, 4,127 in Apache County, 3,143 in Santa Cruz County, 3,284 in Yavapai County, 2,384 in Cochise County, 2,168 in Gila County, 1,441 in Graham County, 648 in La Paz County and 116 in Greenlee County.

Learn more about the University of Arizona‘s research about early Earth biology and which nearby planets outside our solar system may host life that has been funded by NASA.

It’s School Psychology Awareness Week and Mesa Public Schools invites you to learn more about how school psychologists help students and staff.

Looking to connect with employers? Grand Canyon University‘s Virtual Career Fair will be Thursday, Nov. 12 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Find out more below.

Check out the data from the National COVID-19 School Response Dashboard when you have a chance.

Scottsdale Unified School District‘s Desert Mountain High School is now part of the International Baccalaureate program and Mountainside Middle School will now offer the Middle Years Programme.

Looking for state financial aid for college? U.S. News & World Report says here’s what you need to know.

Take a look at construction on the newest Queen Creek Unified School District campus.

Updated 11/6: More schools in Maricopa County are shifting from hybrid or in-person instruction to online and distance learning as COVID-19 cases increase among staff, students and in their communities, ABC 15 Arizona reports.

There have been 53 outbreaks in schools and 235 COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County, according to Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 254,764 today from 252,768 yesterday, and 6,109 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 164,269 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 29,764 in Pima County, 14,270 in Yuma County, 12,524 in Pinal County, 6,739 in Navajo County, 5,668 in Coconino County, 4,647 in Mohave County, 4,111 in Apache County, 3,103 in Santa Cruz County, 3,138 in Yavapai County, 2,331 in Cochise County, 2,092 in Gila County, 1,364 in Graham County, 636 in La Paz County and 107 in Greenlee County.

Looking for a way to help students? Littleton Elementary School District is seeking substitute teachers. Apply and make a difference!

Uncertainties about family finances and whether they’ll be on-campus is delaying students from filing the FAFSA, says The Hechinger Report.

Glendale Elementary School District honors a social emotional learning specialist for all her work with students.

Black girls face sharp disparities in school discipline compared to their peers, The Education Trust says.

Dysart Unified School District celebrates the Dysart High School girls volleyball team.

Schools are adjusting virtual and online learning for younger students, Education Next reports.

The Arizona Council on Economic Education thanks everyone who attended their Champions in Education event last night and supports their mission.

New York University Professor of Education Diane Ravitch says if we wouldn’t want two or three fire departments to serve a community then the same thing should be true for public schools at a recent speaking engagement.

Celebrate these recently renewed Arizona National Board Certified Teachers!

Grand Canyon University invites students looking to connect with employers in the fine arts and production industry to attend their Career Fair Nov. 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Athletic tryouts and practices are canceled from today until Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Kyrene Schools.

Updated 11/5: Students at Florence High School voted in an election day learning activity led by teacher David Silvas’ seniors.

Civics education encourages participation through voting, volunteering and attending rallies but there is to much more for students to learn and get involved in says Education Next.

Arizona may be known as the best state for people with developmental challenges, but its Division of Developmental Disabilities has turned down thousand of people seeking assistance for paperwork issues, ProPublica reports.

More schools are returning to virtual instruction due to high incidences of COVID-19 among the community, staff or students.

Madison Elementary School District‘s Governing Board is holding a discussion and possibly a vote to return school to at-home virtual instruction at their next board meeting on Nov. 10.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 252, 768 today from 250,633 yesterday, and 6,087 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 162,958 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 29,456 in Pima County, 14,219 in Yuma County, 12,510 in Pinal County, 6,665 in Navajo County, 5,606 in Coconino County, 4,596 in Mohave County, 4,066 in Apache County, 3,085 in Santa Cruz County, 3,134 in Yavapai County, 2,307 in Cochise County, 2,081 in Gila County, 1,343 in Graham County, 635 in La Paz County and 106 in Greenlee County.

A University of Arizona aerospace engineering student’s science project launched in Lake Havasu City is found in a remote area south of the U.S. Mexico border.

Tempe Elementary School District thanks students, families, staff and community members who are putting the district’s theme – Be a Light … Inspire Hope – into action.

Dysart Unified and Luke Air Force Base host a Military Family Education Forum at 4:30 p.m. today. Details below.

The Pediatric Feeding Disorder Family Guide, sponsored by Virginia Piper Trust is available for families to connect them with resources and information on how to advocate for their child.

The Arizona Charter School Association is giving away free masks for Arizona Charter School Association members today and tomorrow. Details below.

A monthly family social and emotional lesson builds important skills for both children and adults, edutopia says.

Washington Elementary School District‘s Desiree Montelongo had porch visits with her students to help meet their social and emotional needs.

There’s still time to register for Arizona Council on Economic Education‘s Champions in Education Event that starts tonight at 6:30 p.m.

A shared vision between Deer Valley High School and Glendale Community College led to the GCC North Campus 20 years ago and students there are thriving.

Survey shows teacher morale is lower than before the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Week reports.

Updated 11/4: Kyrene de Colina students cast their mail-in ballots yesterday during their school-wide mock election.

“The goal is to develop an understanding of what an election is, and why voting is so important,” said Kevin McDonald, a fourth grade teacher at the school. “We also discuss that we are allowed to have our own opinions, but they can be private, and it is okay that we might not want to discuss those thoughts or feelings with everyone. The students learn we need to respect each other even if our opinions are different.”

Desert Thunder second graders learn about voting by casting a ballot for Gracie or Duck in their school election.

Looking for more ideas for discussing elections results with your students? Then take part in a nonpartisan Elections 2020 discussion for teachers today at 5 p.m. Arizona time.

Buckeye Elementary School District special education teachers told Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman they felt more connected to students and their families despite the challenges of delivering special education services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 250,633 today from 249,818 yesterday, and 6,059 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 161,588 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 29,291 in Pima County, 14,101 in Yuma County, 12,361 in Pinal County, 6,618 in Navajo County, 5,498 in Coconino County, 4,550 in Mohave County, 4,054 in Apache County, 3,080 in Santa Cruz County, 3,113 in Yavapai County, 2,272 in Cochise County, 2,047 in Gila County, 1,320 in Graham County, 633 in La Paz County and 106 in Greenlee County.

See how three school districts across the country examined and changed their policies and approaches to include antiracist practices in this Education DIVE article.

A Cartwright School District student shared with his classmates how seeds from an activity box from The Phoenix Children’s Museum started growing.

Looking for more virtual activities to keep your children learning and engaged? Then take a look at what Avondale Public Library is offering.

Peoria Unified School District congratulates a Sunset Heights student recently nominated for a National Youth Arts award for a performance earlier this year.

Soon teachers will be able to socially distance and paint a portion of Alhambra Unified‘s Cordova Elementary Garden Mural.

Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson says Paradise Valley Unified Teacher Holly Gorman is inspiring change at her school.

Glendale Community College offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to help you jump start or re-invigorate your career.

First Things First Arizona shared family resource bags at a recent immunization and flu shot clinic in the Phoenix areas sponsored by The Greater Phoenix Urban League.

Help build earl language and literacy for English Language Learners with this online professional development for teachers from WestEd.

Updated 11/3: Schools around Arizona are ready for voters at on-campus polling places and remind them that there will be extra traffic during school drop-off and pick-up times.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 249,818 today from 248,139 yesterday, and 6,020 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Sonoran Heights Elementary School students participated in Kids Voting Arizona during Election Day.

In Maricopa County, there are 160,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 29,141 in Pima County, 14,071 in Yuma County, 12,312 in Pinal County, 6,579 in Navajo County, 5,470 in Coconino County, 4,538 in Mohave County, 4,042 in Apache County, 3,078 in Santa Cruz County, 3,102 in Yavapai County, 2,256 in Cochise County, 2,034 in Gila County, 1,307 in Graham County, 630 in La Paz County and 104 in Greenlee County.

Kingswood Elementary students say Yes to Kindness with a rock garden made up of stones pained with positive messages outside the school.

Perry High School’s Women in STEM Club delivered paper microscopes for students to Rice Elementary School.

Peoria Unified School District will host a Live Q& A session for high school families to discuss the spring semester on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Chino Valley students share their favorite literary characters during Literature Day.

Arizona State University Student Media Housing Fair starts tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Updated 11/2: As Arizona experiences the largest increase in COVID-19 cases in months, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ is warning people that even small family gatherings can spread COVID-19 and urges people to only celebrate at home with family members they are currently living with, during an interview with KJZZ 91.5 FM.

The Arizona Department of Education shares AZDHS clarifications on school public health benchmarks.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 248,139 today from 247,473 yesterday, and 5,982 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 160,184confirmed cases of COVID-19, 28,914 in Pima County, 14,041 in Yuma County, 12,210 in Pinal County, 6,545 in Navajo County, 5,429 in Coconino County, 4,453 in Mohave County, 4,006 in Apache County, 3,066 in Santa Cruz County, 3,0279 in Yavapai County, 2,205 in Cochise County, 1,992 in Gila County, 1,283 in Graham County, 628 in La Paz County and 104 in Greenlee County.

Tolleson High School Baseball announced that a beloved baseball and football coach passed away due to complications of COVID-19.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman encourages people to vote and read this story highlighting the resiliency of Navajo Nation voters who ride their horses 10 miles to their polling station.

Dysart Unified School District has partnered with the Surprise Chamber of Commerce to highlight acts of kindness through their Spread Kindness Instead campaign.

Help students develop their academic vocabulary with these tips from Achieve the Core.

Mesa Public Schools celebrates recent student and staff achievements.

Find out more about an Arizona State University student who helped discover a new dinosaur-like fossil in the Petrified National Forest.

Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence invites you to learn more about how to support the programs they work with before Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1.

Phoenix Elementary School District students will continue remote learning until at least Jan. 14, ABC 15 Arizona reports.

Arizona early votes have surpassed the total for the 2016 election as of Monday, according to KJZZ 91.5 FM.

Updated 11/1: Updated 11/1: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 247,473 today from 245,946 yesterday, and 5,981 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 159,781confirmed cases of COVID-19, 28,824 in Pima County, 13,994 in Yuma County, 12,174 in Pinal County, 6,538 in Navajo County, 5,405 in Coconino County, 4,453 in Mohave County, 4,003 in Apache County, 3,065 in Santa Cruz County, 3,029 in Yavapai County, 2,205 in Cochise County, 1,989 in Gila County, 1,281 in Graham County, 628 in La Paz County and 104 in Greenlee County.

Earlier coverage

Oct. 20 to Oct. 30: AZDHS amends COVID-19 school benchmarks

Oct. 7 – Oct. 19: What are teachers doing ahead of elections to support students afterwards

Sept. 23- Oct. 6: 44 A+Schools of Excellence named today

Aug. 25 – Sept. 8: Parents voice concern about online class size; school nurses prepare for students

Aug. 12 – Aug. 24: Students, teachers affected by Zoom outage

July 30 – Aug. 11: Parent organizes co-op for learners; group rallies for in-person school days after benchmarks release

July 13- July 30: Teachers prepare for digital learning and back to school

June 29 – July 12Video: Gov. says ‘Goal is to get children back to school when it’s safe;’ Schools lay out learning models

June 29: Video: Gov. delays in-person classes to Aug. 17 due to rise in COVID-19

June 15 – June 29: Video: Gov. pauses re-opening of some businesses as COVID-19 cases rise

June 24: Plan provides more funding, flexible instruction as schools re-open

May 26 – June 12: Increase in COVID-19 cases marks a new daily high

May 20 – 25: AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school

May 11 – 19: Arizonans consider workplace safety, what back to school will look like amid COVID-19

April 26 – May 10: Stores re-open, COVID-19 testing blitz resumes on Saturday

April 8 – 25You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

March 12 – April 7Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving