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44 A+Schools of Excellence named today


Mountain View Was Once Again Named An A+ School Of Excellence By The Arizona Education Foundational Foundation. Photo Courtesy Mesa Public Schools

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Updated 10/6: Arizona Educational Foundation announced today that 44 schools received the 2020 A+ School of Excellence™ Award.

The A+ School of Excellence™ Award program began in 1983 as a way to identify, celebrate, and recognize educational excellence in schools throughout Arizona. In addition to showcasing outstanding public schools, the A+ program provides school teams with an outstanding comprehensive framework that serves as a basis for school self-assessment and planning.

The A+ School of Excellence™ award is a powerful energizer for increasing public confidence in recognized schools, often resulting in greater parent and community involvement and even serves as an economic driver for some communities.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 221,934 today from 221,070 yesterday, and 5,713 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 143,917 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 26,052 in Pima County, 12,877 in Yuma County, 10,810 in Pinal County, 5,828 in Navajo County, 4,068 in Mohave County, 4,331 in Coconino County, 3,622 in Apache County, 2,895 in Santa Cruz County, 2,636 in Yavapai County, 1,928 in Cochise County, 1,463 in Gila County, 898 in Graham County, 549 in La Paz County and 60 in Greenlee County.

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The City of Phoenix has expanded Wi-Fi outside it’s libraries, community, senior and recreation centers so students can do online learning. See where to find the nearest location below.

Peoria Unified congratulates a Sunset Heights student for securing a U.S. patent for an invention.

A Flagstaff High School fashion design teacher is participating in Phoenix Fashion Week’s emerging designer bootcamp.

Early childhood education plays an important role in deterring the long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences.

Learn more about career and technical education opportunities tonight at Valley Vista High School in Dysart Unified.

Tucson Values Teachers invites you to an Imagination Friday with the author/illustrator of On Account of the Gum.

After school programs for students around the nation are concerned about closing permanently during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has helped Ability 360 Sports and Fitness continue to serve youth and adults with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S> News & World Report offers these tips for students with disabilities applying to medical school.

Maricopa Community Colleges reminds high school seniors and college students to complete their FAFSA as soon as they can.

Updated 10/5: Parents and families can have their questions about distance and hybrid learning answered by the national and state teachers of the year, thanks to a partnership of Council of Chief State School Officers and Learning Heroes.

Thank your teachers for all they do on World Teachers Day, says Arizona Science Center.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 221,070 today from 220,754 yesterday, and 5,707 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 143,411 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25,980 in Pima County, 12,815 in Yuma County, 10,746 in Pinal County, 5,817 in Navajo County, 4,050 in Mohave County, 4,291 in Coconino County, 3,581 in Apache County, 2,889 in Santa Cruz County, 2,617 in Yavapai County, 1,919 in Cochise County, 1,451 in Gila County, 895 in Graham County, 548 in La Paz County and 60 in Greenlee County.

Today is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming Nov. 3 elections for president, statewide ballot measures and more.

Five after-school programs that take a survey and register for Lights on Afterschool by Oct. 8 will be eligible to win a $100 gift card from Afterschool Alliance.

National Child Health Day is today, says Pendergast Elementary School District.

Join an Oct. 8 discussion on racism and reparations hosted by Education Week.

Apply today for the Coconino Community College Bridges to Baccalaureate Undergraduate Research Program for Native American Students.

The application for the 2021 Flinn Scholarship is due today at 5 p.m.

Pima Butte Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Chandler Unified School District reminds families that today is the curbside meal service pickup where they can receive 7 breakfasts and lunches for the week.

Some students who learn differently and struggled with in-person learning have done well with distance or online learning, The Hechinger Report says.

What is the budget override for, how much does it cost, what is it used for? Avondale Elementary School District shares some answers.

Learn more about teaching climate change and more at WestEd’s presentations at the California Association of Science Educators virtual conference Oct. 16 through 18.

Updated 10/2: It’s time for Friday Night Lights! You can watch the Shadow Ridge and Valley Vista High School football games live from home thanks to Dysart‘s Student Broadcasting Network, Supt. Quinn Kellis says.

Prescott High School shares the link to their game against Kingman tonight as well.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 219,763 today from 219,212 yesterday, and 5,693 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 142,566 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25,784 in Pima County, 12,796 in Yuma County, 10,685 in Pinal County, 5,810 in Navajo County, 4,033 in Mohave County, 4,230 in Coconino County, 3,573 in Apache County, 2,877 in Santa Cruz County, 2,590 in Yavapai County, 1,918 in Cochise County, 1,425 in Gila County, 869 in Graham County, 548 in La Paz County and 59 in Greenlee County.

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Tempe Elementary School District thanks their Custodial Team for keeping the classrooms clean, safe and sanitized.

Learn more about how what’s on the ballot could impact you at Peoria Unified’s ballot breakdown event.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Tolleson Elementary School District honors Ellen Ochoa, an engineer and the first Hipanic woman to go into space for NASA.

Career and technical education helps high school students personalize their learning based on their career interests, says the U.S. Dept. of Education.

It’s time to fill out the FAFSA to help your student qualify for financial aid for college, Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman reminds Arizonans.

Learn more about different colleges at Mesa Public Schools’ 2020 Virtual College Fair.

Playing with a doll helps a child develop empathy and important processing skills, researchers tell Reuters.

Teacher Danira Contreras says she loves seeing her virtual learning students smile when she greets them each morning.

Morenci Unified School District wishes it’s students a fun Fall Break.

Arts education helps students see the results of their hard work and lets them share their creativity, Peoria Arts Education says.

Make sure you include your littlest family members when you fill out the 2020 Census, the City of Phoenix reminds residents.

It’s National Principals Month, and Queen Creek Unified School District says these words best describe their team of school leaders.

Sign up now to take the ACT since spaces are limited due to COVID-19 safety precautions, Ajo Unified School District reminds students.

Chandler Unifiedstudents celebrated the end of the first quarter with a spirit day at Basha Elementary School.

Updated 9/30: Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, Banner Health‘s Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Marjorie Bessel and Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association‘s President and CEO Ann-Marie Alameddin encourage all Arizonans to continue to mask up to protect teachers and students as they return to in-person instruction.

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Students and staff will be required to stay home from school if they’re showing any symptoms of COVID-19, Scottsdale Unified School District says.

Take part in a discussion about in-person learning and have Mesa Public Schools leaders answer your questions later today.

Sometimes you just need to take a break, says Higley Unified School District.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 218,507 today from 218,184 yesterday, and 5,650 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 141,856 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25,628 in Pima County, 12,730 in Yuma County, 10,642 in Pinal County, 5,801 in Navajo County, 4,004 in Mohave County, 4,166 in Coconino County, 3,554 in Apache County, 2,849 in Santa Cruz County, 2,566 in Yavapai County, 1,911 in Cochise County, 1,346 in Gila County, 851 in Graham County, 544 in La Paz County and 59 in Greenlee County.

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Sierra Linda High School‘s Shiya Pillars was named Outstanding Jobs for Arizona Graduates Coordinator.

Edutopia offers ideas on how school leaders can learn from students to create a school culture with empathy.

Learn what sustainable living on the moon might look like during a salon discussion tomorrow, courtesy of Arizona State University.

Fifth graders in Deer Valley Unified share their thoughts in a discussion during online learning.

Microsoft Education is launching the Imagine Cup Junior for students, learn more here.

High school football is starting soon, Dysart School District says.

Take a few minutes today to fill out the 2020 Census to ensure your community has funding for needed programs.

Register now for free, online professional development for teachers about design thinking, artificial intelligence and receive curriculum as well.

It’s time to fill out the FAFSA so your soon to be and current college students can qualify for financial aid.

Distance learning can make learning to read even more difficult, Education Week says.

This Peoria Unified teacher helps her online learners with phonemic awareness.

Food insecurity for many families is a crisis made worse and hidden by the coronavirus pandemic, National Public Radio says.

Queen Creek Unified School District teachers are finding ways to help their students learn better during Fall Break training sessions.

Early ballots mail out in seven days for the Nov. 3 election, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes says.

Updated 9/29: Humboldt Unified School District invites families to back to school break-out sessions next week to prepare for the start of in-person learning on Oct. 19.

The student support team is ready to help make this a good and successful school year for kids and their families, Tempe Elementary School District says.

Piñon Unified School District invites the community to take part in a Diné stories and teachings night on Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live and Zoom.

Students in Cactus High Schools new CSI class start a lab, Peoria Unified says.

A Pendergast Elementary School District teacher with 30 years experience shares his experiences teaching 7th grade writing virtually during COVID-19 with Expect More Arizona.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 218,184 today from 217,510 yesterday, and 5,632 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 141,738 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25,569 in Pima County, 12,723 in Yuma County, 10,627 in Pinal County, 5,783 in Navajo County, 3,997 in Mohave County, 4,133 in Coconino County, 3,528 in Apache County, 2,848 in Santa Cruz County, 2,558 in Yavapai County, 1,905 in Cochise County, 1,328 in Gila County, 843 in Graham County, 545 in La Paz County and 59 in Greenlee County.

Take part in a virtual, interactive five-senses food activity for children today, Roosevelt School District No. 66 shares how below.

Hackers released personal information about current and former staff and students at Clark County School District after district officials refused to pay a ransom, CNN reports.

Sierra Verde STEAM Academy thanked The Olson Properties Real Estate Teams for donating lanyards to hold students’ masks.

Camille Campbell, an Arizona teen, shares how to make learning at home fun.

Dysart Unified School District kicks off their virtual Career Expo tonight on its Facebook page.

Arizona State University and other organizations are offering virtual events this week to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Students taking guitar classes in Tolleson Union High School District picked up and had instruments delivered to their homes for their music instruction.

Tombstone Unified shared video of a student volleyball game on Facebook so more fans could watch.

Mesa Public Schools students sent letters and pictures to Mesa firefighters thanking them for all they do.

Registration is open for Arizona Science Center‘s Camp Innovation for Fall break.

The Heard Museum celebrates Arizona Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 12.

Balsz School District shares some of their safety precautions during COVID-19.

Ajo Unified reminds the community that free grab and go meals are avialable in the school cafeteria for any child 18 years and under.

Students interested in STEM careers may want to take part in the Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology‘s virtual information night on Monday Oct. 5.

Updated 9/28: Arizona school counselors say they’re seeing students more stressed and anxious this school year, KJZZ News 91.5 FM reports.

High school football begins this week in Arizona, letting athletes show their skills to college recruiter, Cronkite News reports.

Chandler teachers, schools, nonprofits and community groups can apply for $1,000 grants from the City of Chandler for programs and services that promote respect, inclusion and celebrate diversity.

Here’s some tips on how school district leaders can help school principals lead through COVID-19.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 217,510 today from 217,237 yesterday, and 5,623 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 141,377 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25,445 in Pima County, 12,715 in Yuma County, 10,571 in Pinal County, 5,786 in Navajo County, 3,985 in Mohave County, 4,098 in Coconino County, 3,527 in Apache County, 2,843 in Santa Cruz County, 2,532 in Yavapai County, 1,903 in Cochise County, 1,303 in Gila County, 821 in Graham County, 544 in La Paz County and 59 in Greenlee County.

Avondale Elementary School District reminds Arizonans that filling out the 2020 Census helps Arizona schools.

Microsoft is working on an outage to it’s 365 products, ABC 15 Arizona reports.

Over-parenting can lead to all sorts of issues, KTAR News 92.3 FM says.

Jesus Peralta says being a first-generation college student at Arizona State University has been a remarkable experience.

Schools with lower suspension rates showed the most school climate improvements, WestEd says.

Take part in a Twitter chat now on remote learning, supervision and coaching courtesy of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

Avondale Elementary students celebrate the 1980s today and peace and love tomorrow.

There’s still time to fill out Census 2020 online, by phone or by mail to ensure your community receives funding for programs for Arizonans of all ages.

Peoria Police remind drivers to keep an eye out for students on their way to and from school now that Peoria Unified students in all grades are back on campus.

Best practices from in-person learning apply to remote learning, edutopia reminds teachers and students.

Teachers and students have something in common as they work on new assignments right away with their digital learning.

See where President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden stand on education issues, courtesy of Education Week.

Queen Creek Unified high school student athletics teams share their schedule for this week.

New House of Representatives COVID-19 recover package includes $57 billion in aid for child care providers, First Five Years Fund says.

Take part in the Elevate Ed AZ launch on October 13 with the Phoenix Chamber Foundation.

Updated 9/25: Students and families nominated so many teachers as Legendary Teachers that Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 put together this video tribute.

Dysart Unified students participated in Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Celebration Day today.

Tolleson Elementary School District honors Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Peoria Unified students are also participating in activities to learn about civics today too.

Deer Valley Unified School District‘s Traditional Academy at Bellair‘s Nurse Norma lets kindergartners know why washing hands and wearing masks is important.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 216,367 today from 215,852 yesterday, and 5,587 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 140,753 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25,265 in Pima County, 12,664 in Yuma County, 10,504 in Pinal County, 5,781 in Navajo County, 3,957 in Mohave County, 3,985 in Coconino County, 3,507 in Apache County, 2,834 in Santa Cruz County, 2,518 in Yavapai County, 1,893 in Cochise County, 1,287 in Gila County, 815 in Graham County, 545 in La Paz County and 59 in Greenlee County.

Flagstaff Unified‘s Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism Task Force hosts a online meeting on Monday, Oct. 5.

Queen Creek High School‘s medical professions students started their clinicals today.

Seeking ways to protect your children from cyberbullying? Then consider tuning in for this Greenlee County Health Department webinar that Morenci Unified School District is letting families know about.

Phoenix Union High School District‘s Bioscience High School Principal Dr. Holly Batsell was honored as a 2020 Maricopa County Exemplary Principal.

Students dressed up like the professionals they’re learning about at James B. Rolle School in Yuma Elementary School District.

Want to know the latest? Kingman Unified has started a new monthly podcast. Tune in and learn more.

Read Better Be Better Arizona celebrated at home pilot program graduates for their achievements over the past four weeks.

Prescott Unified students are developing apps in one of their classes.

Mesa Public Schools‘ Jaime Leverington was one of two educators named 2020 Economic Education Teacher of the Year.

Updated 9/24: Watch it now: Gov. Doug Ducey said the state will invest $14 million in Arizona universities‘ innovative efforts to fight COVID-19 during a media briefing at 3 p.m today.

The presidents of Arizona’s three universities joined Gov. Ducey for the media briefing.

Gov. Ducey thanked Arizonans for their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Arizonans have really stepped up in the last several weeks to slow the spread of this virus,” Gov. Ducey said. “Percent positivity was 20 percent at the end of June. Last week, it was four percent. Percent of patients with COVID-like illness was 21 percent in June. Now, it’s 2.3 percent, and that’s a decline of 10 consecutive weeks.”

“Arizona’s progress to combat the coronavirus would not be possible without the partnerships we’ve forged along the way, with possibly none being more important than those with our universities,” Gov. Ducey said.

Arizona’s universities have adapted to keep students safe, engaged and learning and brought about innovations in COVId-19 tracing and testing, “they’re manufacturing protective personal equipment in revolutionary ways, and they are even testing wastewater to monitor for COVID-19 so we can stop an outbreak before it starts,” Gov. Ducey said.

“To date, the State of Arizona has provided millions of dollars to help keep everyone at our universities safe and to boost innovation to fight COVID-19,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Today, I’m proud to announce that Arizona is doubling down on these investments in a big way with $14 million new dollars,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Our latest investments include $8 million for additional testing, surveillance and other response efforts at all three universities,” Gov. Ducey said. “On top of that, Arizona will be investing $6 million ito ASU’s development of groundbreaking testing known as point of need testing. With point of need testing, Arizona’s first responders, healthcare workers, people in congregate care settings and others will be able to get tested and receive their results, not in days or hours, but in minutes.”

“These investments are critical for helping our communities stay safe and healthy,” Gov. Ducey said.

Arizona State University developed and deployed one of the first saliva based tests in the United States, Gov. Ducey said. They also designed and deployed a network of 3D printers to produce personal protective equipment for healthcare providers and hospitals around the state.

The University of Arizona developed one of the most accurate antibody tests in the country, Gov. Ducey said. Arizona has given UA $3.5 million to provide 350,000 antibody tests to Arizonans, and they’re well on their way. The University of Arizona has also donated more than 17,000 PCR test kits to communities that need them most, and includes 7,000 tests for Arizona’s tribal nations.

Northern Arizona University has led the charge against COVID-19 in Coconino County and beyond, Gov. Ducey said. NAU’s Center for Health Equity Research has been embedded into the Coconino County monitoring team, helping to investigate and contact trace COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. In addition, NAU Regents Professor and microbiologist Dr. Paul Keim is leading the Arizona COVID-19 Genomics Union of three universities and T-Gen to sequence and track different strains of COVID-19. Also, NAU’s Information Technology Services Team has installed drive-up Wi-Fi. These services are available across the state, helping families stay connected.

ASU‘s Dr. Michael Crow said they had the third reported case of COVID-19 in the U.S. back in January “and we’ve been managing COVID since then.”

“We knew then and we know now, it’s a long-term thing,” Dr. Crow said. “This is a permanent introduction of a new virus to the human ecosystem and we’re going to be managing it for a long time and we’ve taken that approach.”

“The point of need test, that the Governor mentioned, is something that we believe we’ll have ready in six months,” Dr. Crow said, noting that a person will spit into a device the size of an electrical thermometer that will analyze the sample and “communicates with your cell phone, you get the green light, you go to school, you go to work, you go to the game.”

U of A‘s Dr. Robert Robbins said, “The U of A’s Test All, Test Smart program utilizes all three COVID tests – antigen testing, PCR testing, and antibody testing,” and all of the tests are run in-house at the University of Arizona ensuring rapid turnaround.

“94 percent of our tests are rapid response – that’s within an hour and this is our antigen tests that we’re deploying for asymptomatic individuals,” Dr. Robbins said. “All symptomatic individuals receive a PCR test.”

“Our antibody test is now available to all Arizonans over the age of 18. This is being offered through our partnership with Dr. Christ and the Governor and the State of Arizona. To sign up, please go to COVID19.arizona.edu,” Dr. Robbins said.

NAU‘s Dr. Cheng said since the start of the epidemic NAU has worked with Coconino County to implement a plan to manage the spread of COVID-19 that includes testing, tracing and isolating.

“Last week, the Arizona COVID-19 Genomics Union published findings of a study tracking strains of COVID-19,” Dr. Cheng said. “This collaboration between NAU, T-Gen, ASU and the University of Arizona suggests early efforts helped to contain the spread of COVID-19 after the first known case in January at ASU.”

“T-Gen and NAU sequenced genomes from almost 3,00 COVID-19 positive samples for ACGU with additional sequencing performed by ASU and University of Arizona for among 204,000 positive cases in Arizona,” Dr. Cheng said.

Working with Arizona public health officials, ACGU scientists supplied the results toward statewide efforts to test and track patients and provide guidance for state policy makers, Dr. Cheng said.

Earlier today, three more Arizona counties have met the public health benchmarks to begin a hybrid learning model combining in-person and online learning, the Arizona Department of Health Services says.

Peoria Unified School District welcomes third 3rd through 12th graders back to in-person learning on Monday and tells virtual learners to keep up the great work.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 215,852 today from 215,284 yesterday, and 5,559 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 140,584 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25,140 in Pima County, 12,632 in Yuma County, 10,462 in Pinal County, 5,770 in Navajo County, 3,947 in Mohave County, 3,918 in Coconino County, 3,495 in Apache County, 2,830 in Santa Cruz County, 2,506 in Yavapai County, 1,889 in Cochise County, 1,268 in Gila County, 811 in Graham County, 538 in La Paz County and 59 in Greenlee County.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego let Balsz School District know the City of Phoenix would be donating transparent masks to the school to help teachers of hearing impaired students and English Language Learners.

Register now for Arizona School Boards Association’s Black Alliance and Hispanic, Native American & Indian Caucus suicide prevention & Black, Indigenous and other students of color webinar starting Sept. 30.

Dysart Unified School District invites community members to take part in the Dysart Dash virtual run to help support students and staff.

Pinon Unified School District invited students to post photos and videos and do activities during Pet/ Livestock Care Week.

The Arizona Council on Economic Education helps students in rural and urban areas with their financial literacy programs.

Here’s what it looked like when kindergartners returned to Deer Valley Unified School District‘s Legend Springs Elementary School.

School curriculum experts say assessing what students learned since spring is crucial to moving forward, Education DIVE says.

Tolleson Elementary School District highlights trailblazers during Hispanic Heritage Month.

National GEAR Up Week celebrated in Tolleson for supporting students, parents and teachers.

Kindergarten teachers post videos of the energy required to keep young learners engaged, The New York Times reports.

Queen Creek Unified lets families know there are still some seats left for Preschool Fall Break Camp.

Make sure you’re counted in the 2020 Census this week, Maricopa County reminds residents.

Here are some ideas for re-opening preschools for in-person learning from edutopia.

West-MEC shares a link to their Experience Orange event to let community members know what the career and technical education district is all about.

Nearly 70 percent of U.S. high schools offer students dual enrollment in college level courses, Education Next says.

Tempe Elementary School District thanked Kona Ice for stopping by a school with sweet treats for staff.

Updated 9/23: More teachers are seeing their students in-person in their classrooms as communities around the state meet or near COVID-19 public health benchmarks.

Students in Mesa Public Schools may have the option to move from hybrid learning to in-person classes by next month.

Some school districts are moving past COVID-19 public health benchmarks’ recommendations for hybrid re-openings when cases are moderate in their communities in favor of fully re-opening for all students, The Arizona Republic reports.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 215,284 today from 214,846 yesterday, and 5,525 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 140,409 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25,004 in Pima County, 12,609 in Yuma County, 10,422 in Pinal County, 5,763 in Navajo County, 3,930 in Mohave County, 3,819 in Coconino County, 3,476 in Apache County, 2,823 in Santa Cruz County, 2,495 in Yavapai County, 1,886 in Cochise County, 1,245 in Gila County, 808 in Graham County, 536 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

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Alhambra Elementary School District is honored as an award winner for placing educational equity at the forefront to improve educational outcomes for Black students by the National School Boards Association.

Arizona Teacher of the Year Lynette Stant shares what her day looks like when teaching virtually and shares her tips for students’ families.

Flagstaff Unified‘s Mount Elden Middle School students made pinwheels for peace during online learning .

A college student shares his perspective on how COVID-19 affected his life and education, courtesy of College Success Arizona.

Here are some tips for teachers who are splitting their time by teaching lessons both in-person and online from Education Week.

Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson honors Higley Unified‘s Centennial Elementary Principal Rachel Broadley as an Exemplary Principal.

Employers are concerned that the COVID-19 child care crisis will affect workers ability to return to the workplace and encourage people to reach out to their legislators about it, First Five Years Fund says.

Take a step toward finding a new career at Arizona State University‘s virtual career and internship expo for students and alumni.

Morenci Unified student athletics are hosting their first home events this week.

DaNel Hogan with The STEMAZing Project was honored recently for her work getting Arizona students and teachers excited about learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Education researchers work has been changed by COVID-19 too, The 74 Million reports.

San Luis High School students in Yuma will continue distance learning as staff works from home due to a water line break.

A new dashboard is tracking COVID-19 infections among student and staff nationwide, National Public Radio reports.

Tucson Values Teachers looks at a survey that indicates 751 Arizona teachers resigned or retired before the start of the school year.

The College Board‘s professional development series is virtual and educators and counselors can take part in online sessions or watch it later.

The Pac-12 will vote today on whether to resume college sports, and University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins supports returning to play.

More high school students are taking part in dual-enrollment college courses, Education Next says.

Community college leaders tell College Success Arizona about how they’re helping students stay on track despite financial challenges and the digital divide.

Build and decorate a permanent Little Free Library and keep kids reading, Read On Arizona shares how.

Earlier coverage

Sept. 9 – Sept. 23: More schools bypass hybrid option for full re-openings

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

Updates from 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

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

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

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

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

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

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