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ASU Dean: Educators Need Curiosity, Creativity And Courage To Teach

ASU Dean: Educators need curiosity, creativity and courage to teach


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • June 22, 2016

Under-resourced schools and low-paid teachers are not the answer to a well-educated populace, said Dr. Mari Koerner, dean of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University  during a recent conference in Tucson. Koerner’s keynote presentation on June 10…

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Alliance Bank CEO: ‘We Need More Education Funding’

Alliance Bank CEO: ‘We need more education funding’


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • May 4, 2016

It's no coincidence that as Arizona's per student spending on education at all levels has declined for the past 38 years, that so has Arizonans' per-capita personal income - from median in the nation in 1979 to the bottom tenth…

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Pedro Noguera: ‘Path To Excellence Is Through Equity’ (+ Infographic)

Pedro Noguera: ‘Path to excellence is through equity’ (+ Infographic)


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • March 23, 2016

One of the nation’s leading researchers on education equity earlier this month called on Arizona leaders to “speak up for equity” and work together to identify and change policies, practices and gaps in access that are denying learning opportunities to…

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AZ’s Superintendent Of The Year On Growing Learners And Leaders

AZ’s Superintendent of the Year on growing learners and leaders


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • December 3, 2015

Preparing students for a future that is being rapidly transformed by technology is a formidable task for schools, but it is also very rewarding, said Dr. Gail Pletnick, the American Association of School Administrators’ Arizona Superintendent of the Year. “I…

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AZ Teacher Of The Year: Changing The World One Student At A Time

AZ Teacher of the Year: Changing the world one student at a time


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • November 24, 2015

When Christine Marsh was a college student, she said she wanted to change the world. She became a public school teacher. That was 24 years ago. Now students of Marsh, Arizona’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, say she is encouraging…

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On The Road With Diane Douglas: Listening In On The “Listening” Tour

On the road with Diane Douglas: Listening in on the “Listening” Tour


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  • Caitlin Bohrer/Arizona Education News Service
  • May 7, 2015

[On April 23, Diane Douglas, Arizona superintendent of public instruction, embarked on her 14-stop, statewide "We Are Listening" tour to hear concerns and opinions about Arizona K-12 education directly from governing board members, superintendents, parents and residents.]

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Alberto Carvalho: Opportunity Is Key To Achievement

Alberto Carvalho: Opportunity is key to achievement


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • April 16, 2015

The leader of America’s fourth largest school district – and one of its most diverse – last week urged Arizona public education and community leaders to invest in providing equitable education opportunities like pre-school, mentoring and high quality magnet programs.…

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School Breakfast Grows To Boost Learning, Attendance

School breakfast grows to boost learning, attendance


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • March 12, 2015

More Arizona students are preparing to learn with a good breakfast served not at home, but in the school cafeteria or right in the classroom. The increase is being driven by strategic state and community efforts to improve student achievement…

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