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Beyond The Month: How Schools Highlight Black History Throughout The Year

Beyond the Month: How schools highlight Black History throughout the year


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  • Jacquelyn Gonzales   |   Arizona Education News Service
  • February 17, 2021

Arizona schools are taking action to ensure Black history is being discussed beyond Black History Month, which is celebrated every year in February. Across the state, schools highlight the critical role Black lives play in the U.S. in and out…

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Video: Senate Ed Approves Special Ed Alternative Assessment Task Force

Video: Senate Ed approves special ed alternative assessment task force


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  • Lisa Irish   |   AZEdNews
  • January 20, 2021

The Arizona Legislature’s Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 1028 Tuesday that would create a task force to discuss allowing special education students to take an alternative assessment that would better measure their academic growth than AzMERIT. SB 1028, sponsored…

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Teachers: Enhance Math Instruction At Virtual Conference

Teachers: Enhance math instruction at virtual conference


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  • Lisa Irish   |   AZEdNews
  • December 30, 2020

Pre-K through college teachers looking for high-quality, hands-on math learning they can use in the classroom should register now for Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day held online Jan. 23, 2021 and free for all Arizona teachers and education leaders. More than…

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What Distance Learning Looks Like With Schools Closed

What distance learning looks like with schools closed


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  • Lisa Irish   |   Arizona Education News Service
  • March 26, 2020

Updated March 30: Gov. Doug Ducey and Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced that Arizona public schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension follows updated guidance from the…

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Report Card: How AZ Advances Equity Through ESSA

Report card: How AZ advances equity through ESSA


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  • Lisa Irish   |   Arizona Education News Service
  • January 22, 2020

As Arizona legislators develop the budget, education advocates seek public education investment that advances equity by providing more funding for students with the greatest needs and fewest assets.   “It should not be the case that I can travel to…

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How Restorative Justice Helps Students

How restorative justice helps students


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  • Angelica Miranda and Lisa Irish   |   AZEdNews
  • October 23, 2019

Schools seeking ways to help students better understand the consequences of their actions find that restorative justice practices are making a big difference in the classroom. “When a child comes to you with a conflict, you can either heal them…

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When Googling It Doesn’t Work: How To Help Students Learn

When Googling it doesn’t work: How to help students learn


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  • Lisa Irish   |   Arizona Education Services
  • October 11, 2019

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.…

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Teacher Training: Ways To Help Students

Teacher training: Ways to help students


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • July 3, 2019

Third in a series on teachers:  While students enjoy summer break, teacher training is providing Arizona educators with ways to help students when classes resume. Chandler High School biology teacher Katie Nash was one of hundreds of teachers taking professional…

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Blended Learning Boosts Achievement, Collaboration And Creativity

Blended Learning boosts achievement, collaboration and creativity


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • January 2, 2019

The project-based blended learning program at Maricopa Unified School District has been boosting students’ achievement on AzMERIT, increasing collaboration and showcasing their creativity for the past five years. The blended learning program has grown from 50 students at Maricopa Wells…

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Teacher Of The Year: Strong Connections Lead To Success

Teacher of the Year: Strong connections lead to success


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • November 16, 2018

  Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Kareem Neal says creating a supportive community and providing opportunities for all students is key to their learning and future success. “I believe developing meaningful relationships is critical to student success,…

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Graduation Data Tells Story Of Where AZ Students Earn Diplomas

Graduation data tells story of where AZ students earn diplomas


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • May 17, 2017

What type of schools do most Arizona high school students graduate from? Which schools have higher graduation rates? The Arizona Department of Education’s most recent four-year graduation data shows that most students graduate from traditional, brick and mortar schools and…

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The Latest AzMERIT Results Show Achievement Gaps Persist (+ Infographic)

The latest AzMERIT results show achievement gaps persist (+ Infographic)


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • September 15, 2016

Nearly 4 out of 10 students passed AzMERIT this year, but achievement gaps persist between student subgroups and different races/ethnicities. Arizona students in third- through twelfth-grade took AzMERIT last spring, which measures their proficiency on grade level academic standards in…

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Data Begins To Paint Picture As Second Year Of AzMERIT Scores Released

Data begins to paint picture as second year of AzMERIT scores released


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • July 20, 2016

This year, Arizona students in several grade levels showed increased proficiency in their AzMERIT results, when compared to the benchmark scores from the previous year. The percentage of students scoring proficient on reading/English language arts rose in grades 4, 5,…

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