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What are teachers doing ahead of elections to support students afterwards

Through The Two-week Long Participatory Budgeting Project Last Year, 1,870 Phoenix Union High School District Students Were Registered To Vote In Real Elections. Photo Courtesy Phoenix Union High School District

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Updated 10/19: What should teachers and students talk about before elections to prepare and support each other for when results come in? That’s what a new blog on iCivics examines today.

Dysart Unified School District thanks their transportation staff for all their work to make sure students are safe during National Bus Safety Week.

Tempe Elementary School District thanked Concord General Contracting for donating Lysol wipes, plexiglass and umbrellas so students can enjoy eating lunch outside.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 231,897 today from 231,149 yesterday, and 5,830 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 150,280 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 26,955 in Pima County, 13,261 in Yuma County, 11,379 in Pinal County, 6,100 in Navajo County, 4,746 in Coconino County, 4,182in Mohave County, 3,781 in Apache County, 2,956 in Santa Cruz County, 2,776 in Yavapai County, 2,034 in Cochise County, 1,748 in Gila County, 1,038 in Graham County, 590 in La Paz County and 71 in Greenlee County.

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Morenci High School Student Government is planning a safe and fun homecoming.

The arts – especially music – help students develop math skills, Peoria Arts Education says.

Kayenta Unified School District shared these safe Halloween ideas for families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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During Safe Schools Week, take a look at National School Boards Association‘s Center for Safe Schools resource library and consider being a part of this movement.

Amphitheater School District’s second week starts with 3 COVID-19 cases and 28 people in quarantine, Arizona Daily Star reports.

Creative social and emotional learning helps students learn and retain more, edutopia says.

Yuma Elementary School District 1 students and staff share their favorite food from the school cafeteria during National School Lunch Week.

Arizona State University‘s celebrates National Transfer Student Week with sessions at 2 p.m. today.

Kyrene Schools reminds drivers to not block crosswalks during National School Bus Safety Week.

Only 11 percent of school leaders say their students have adequate access to learn online from home, Education Week reports.

Benson Unified‘s Jomel Jansson was honored during the Cochise County Teacher of the Year Celebration last week.

Updated 10/16: It’s National Bullying Prevention Month and WestEd has resources for schools looking to promote positive school cultures during these difficult times.

School superintendents and health officials meet today to discuss what will happen with high school football this season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tolleson Elementary School District shares important info with students’ families before in-person classes begin on Monday.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 229,486 today from 228,748 yesterday, and 5,806 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 148,612 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 26,769 in Pima County, 13,123 in Yuma County, 11,242 in Pinal County, 6,136 in Navajo County, 4,643 in Coconino County, 4,156 in Mohave County, 3,751 in Apache County, 2,936 in Santa Cruz County, 2,753 in Yavapai County, 2,015 in Cochise County, 1,694 in Gila County, 1,007 in Graham County, 581 in La Paz County and 68 in Greenlee County.

Teens are volunteering to tutor elementary and middle school students during the pandemic, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Middle school students loved iCivics “Win the White House” game as part of their learning activities as part of their presidential campaign project, this teacher says.

Avondale Elementary School District principals learning before students arrive at school.

When children and their mothers face challenges like food insecurity, poverty and difficulty finding housing, it can affect them throughout their lives, Annie E. Casey Foundation says.

Looking for a great career that aligns with your kids schedule? J.O. Combs Unified School District is now hiring part-time food service cafeteria staff and cashiers.

If you have questions about filling out the FAFSA, then register for one of these free virtual sessions today.

College Goal Arizona shares FAFSA Finish Line data today.

Updated 10/15: Black Mothers Forum members will be seated with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at an education roundtable in Phoenix.

See what a kindergarten & high school teacher, who are also Arizona Educational Foundation Ambassadors for Excellence, say about moving from online to in person learning.

Today is the last day to respond to the 2020 Census, so go online to my2020census.gov today.

Phoenix Union High School District‘s College day it tomorrow where students can learn more about the college admissions process from recruiters.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 228,748 today from 227,635 yesterday, and 5,789 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 148,152 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 26,727 in Pima County, 13,092 in Yuma County, 11,203 in Pinal County, 6,120 in Navajo County, 4,629 in Coconino County, 4,138 in Mohave County, 3,742 in Apache County, 2,935 in Santa Cruz County, 2,748 in Yavapai County, 2,005 in Cochise County, 1,633 in Gila County, 977 in Graham County, 577 in La Paz County and 70 in Greenlee County.

Parents learn how to stay connected with ParentVue during a Cartwright School District cafecito.

An Arizona State University music therapy professor increases inclusivity.

The City of Phoenix is considering a ban on flavored tobacco products.

All Cartwright School District kindergartners can stop by their school to pick up a STEM kit on Thursday, Oct. 22 courtesy of The Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

University of Arizona launches Outreach FAMILIA to strengthen partnerships with majority Hispanic serving Arizona high schools to help students prepare for STEM careers.

Updated 10/14: Combs High School will be closed until Oct. 27th after a COVID-19 outbreak and 450 students and 20 staff have been told to quarantine. The people who tested positive were last on campus on Tuesday, The Arizona Republic reports.

October 15th is the last day to respond to the 2020 Census so go to my2020census.gov today.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 227,635 today from 226,734 yesterday, and 5,772 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 147,552 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 26,632 in Pima County, 13,088 in Yuma County, 11,152 in Pinal County, 5,959 in Navajo County, 4,563 in Coconino County, 4,121 in Mohave County, 3,734 in Apache County, 2,921 in Santa Cruz County, 2,727 in Yavapai County, 1,986 in Cochise County, 1,597 in Gila County, 963 in Graham County, 575 in La Paz County and 66 in Greenlee County.

Arizona State Rep. Lorenzo Sierra left the hospital today after being treated for COVID-19.

While you celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, learn more about the Santa Rita Center in Phoenix the site of Cesar Chavez‘s 24-day fast in support of farmworkers.

Here’s some ideas to dismantle systemic racism in U.S. schools, Education Week says.

Tune in Oct. 21 for teen entrepreneurs getting feedback from professions as they showcase their businesses, says Junior Achievement Arizona.

University of Arizona cancels spring break to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and offers something different instead, KTAR News 92.3 FM reports

The Center for the Future of Arizona launched the Young Talent Progress Meter today to measure how the state is doing on what they say matters most.

Think about what you use and where it came from during Earth Science Week.

Updated 10/13: See what teachers say about discussing Indigenous Peoples Day, elections and political events and creating a safe space in your classroom so students feel comfortable speaking on these issues.

Click on the YouTube video link for detailed information about how to do this with support from resources at your school and letting administrators and parents know why and when it’s happening.

Arizona public high school seniors: Send in your video now to apply for AZEdNews Scholarships sponsored by The Brand Agency. First winner named Oct. 30.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 226,734 today from 226,050 yesterday, and 5,767 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 147,010 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 26,516 in Pima County, 13,089 in Yuma County, 11,123 in Pinal County, 5,923 in Navajo County, 4,529 in Coconino County, 4,096 in Mohave County, 3,708 in Apache County, 2,922 in Santa Cruz County, 2,721 in Yavapai County, 1,972 in Cochise County, 1,537 in Gila County, 951 in Graham County, 572 in La Paz County and 64 in Greenlee County.

Deer Valley Unified School District reminds drivers to pay attention around school buses and stop when the sign is out for students’ safety.

Learn more about the U.S. Latino population during National Hispanic Heritage Month, says Annie E Casey Foundation.

Learn more about this effort to close the digital divide.

Take part in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge for students from Oct. 12- 13, more information below.

College Success Arizona President and CEO Rich Nickel shares why reaching the state’s goal of 60 percent of all adults with a certificate or degree is important to the future of Arizona.

If you know a student aged 5 to 8 years old with a great idea that could change the world, submit their idea to Penguin Kids before Dec. 31. More info below.

BARR Center celebrates serving 100,000 students with lessons that build strong relationships between teachers and students.

Avondale Elementary School District highlights student activities at it’s preschools.

Learn more about student success, engagement and empowerment at a virtual event Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon hosted by Scottsdale Community College.

Encourage your students who volunteer to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards by Nov. 10.

Involvement in the arts helps increase students civic engagement and lowers the dropout rate, Peoria Arts Education says.

Tempe Elementary School District thanks Chasse for donating time and resources for Little Free Libraries at four schools.

Yuma Union High School District‘s Game of the Week‘s pre-game show starts Friday, Oct. 16 at 6:45 p.m.

What it’s like to be a child care provider during COVID, courtesy of Good Morning America.

Updated 10/12: Today Arizona celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day, thanks to a years long effort by Native American leaders and youth, including Arizona Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai and a proclamation signed by Gov. Doug Ducey on Sept. 4, 2020.

Click here to see why Indigenous Peoples Day matters to AZ schools and families

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 226,050 today from 225,575 yesterday, and 5,759 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 146,574 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 26,465 in Pima County, 13,046 in Yuma County, 11,076 in Pinal County, 5,910 in Navajo County, 4,089 in Mohave County, 4,498 in Coconino County, 3,706 in Apache County, 2,915 in Santa Cruz County, 2,706 in Yavapai County, 1,965 in Cochise County, 1,525 in Gila County, 942 in Graham County, 571 in La Paz County and 62 in Greenlee County.

Students in Arizona’s largest school district headed back to in-person learning today, ABC 15 Arizona reports.

Sunnyside Unified School District congratulates the Distance Devil Boys Team for its fourth place finish at Rio Rico Rattler this morning.

Want to learn more about best practices for teaching in online, hybrid or flex environment? The Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute is hosting a free bootcamp series Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday, Oct. 14.

People have questions about a school board election and ABC 15 Arizona’s Danielle Learner shares the answers from election officials.

Follow the journey of 20 high school students as NBC Nightly News grades America’s schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arizona After School Alliance will celebrate Lights On Afterschool next week with virtual events showcasing programs.

Head Start helps get children ready for school and prepares them for academic success.

Most Arizona voters will see school district bond and override elections on their ballot, KJZZ News 91.5 FM reports.

Third-graders at a North Carolina elementary school were quarantined after their teacher died days after testing positive for COVID-19, CNN reports. None of her students have reported symptoms or contracted COVID-19 so far.

ASU Cronkite School of Journalism Fall 2020 graduates it’s time to get your cap, gown and tassel.

Updated 10/9: Arts education helps students improve their academic skills in other areas, Peoria Arts Education says.

Crane School District students share what five tools their hand could turn into whenever they want in this classroom activity.

Students at Copperwood Elementary learned about static Electricity during their Kids Zone before and after school programs.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 224,084 today from 223,401 yesterday, and 5,746 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 145,298 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 26,287 in Pima County, 12,941 in Yuma County, 10,973 in Pinal County, 5,874 in Navajo County, 4,078 in Mohave County, 4,401in Coconino County, 3,654 in Apache County, 2,900 in Santa Cruz County, 2,682 in Yavapai County, 1,944 in Cochise County, 1,500 in Gila County, 927 in Graham County, 563 in La Paz County and 62 in Greenlee County.

Speak Up Stand Up Save A Life is offering a home climate webinar to promote learning and prevent stress.

The National Parent Teacher Association shares info about a grant opportunity for teachers.

Deer Valley Unified highlighted their Transportation Teams’ hard work.

COVID-19 exposed the fragility of childcare, says Child Care Relief.

Tolleson Elementary School District Supt. Lupita Ley Hightowers describes her journey to lead the students in her school district.

Glendale Elementary Supt. Cindy Segotta-Jones was honored with the Carolyn Warner Women in Leadership Educational Service Award,

Avondale Elementary School District thanked Valley of the Sun United Way for its donations to help get school classrooms ready for students’ return.

Flagstaff Unified honors Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ajo Unified lets students families know that school will remain online until the end of the Fall semester.

Take a few minutes to complete Census 2020 to ensure accurate funding for programs for schools, children, seniors, as well as police and fire services and road maintenance, Raising Arizona Kids reminds Arizonans.

Pendergast Elementary School District shares this message in honor of John Lennon’s birthday.

Principals like this one are passionate about helping students succeed and supporting their staff, the National Association of Elementary School Principals says.

Littleton Elementary School District‘s Quentin STEM Academy received Model PLC recognition.

ACT lets students know how they’ll hear if there are changes before test day.

Mesa Public Schools updates students’ families about in-person learning.

Updated 10/8: To reach Achieve60AZ‘s goal of 60 percent of Arizonans with a post-secondary credential, certificate or degree, Arizona will have to address the opportunity gaps for students of color and students from low-income families, College Success Arizona says.

Vello helped students with 250 days of fun reading activities helping them grow up to 2.3 reading levels on average, Valley of the Sun United Way says. Learn more and sign up below.

Be a Leader Foundation is hosting it’s Taking Steps Toward College Success event virtually Nov. 13 to 15. Sign up now.

Hear how tribal colleges are improving student outcomes with Carnegie Math‘s courses, courtesy of WestEd.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 223,401 today from 222,538 yesterday, and 5,743 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 144,867 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 26,217 in Pima County, 12,894 in Yuma County, 10,919 in Pinal County, 5,871 in Navajo County, 4,079 in Mohave County, 4,385 in Coconino County, 3,654 in Apache County, 2,895 in Santa Cruz County, 2,672 in Yavapai County, 1,937 in Cochise County, 1,487 in Gila County, 907 in Graham County, 557 in La Paz County and 60 in Greenlee County.

Nogales Unified‘s Mary L. Welty Elementary School is one of the 44 schools named A+ Schools of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Flagstaff High School‘s Coach Tyrone Johnson received the Spirit of Cotton Award from the Phoenix Suns.

USDA Farmers to Families free food box pickups are available through the Yuma Community Food Bank in the Yuma, San Luis, Dateland and Somerton areas, Crane Schools Nutrition says.

Tuba City Unified School District shares information about a flu shot drive through clinic.

Valley Vista High School‘s Burt Delay received the AZ Cardinals Player of the Week award, Dysart Unified School District said.

Mesa Public Schools congratulates the 44 schools awarded Arizona Educational Foundation’s A+ School of Excellence.

Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson is partnering with Palo Verde Generating Station to celebrate Nuclear Science Week, and encourages you to register now for a STEMProLive with them on Friday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.

Arizona Council on Economic Education reminds you that October is Financial Planning Month.

The arts help kids focus and concentrate habits they’ll use all their lives, Peoria Arts Education says.

Avondale Elementary School District teachers and staff are preparing classrooms to welcome students back on Monday.

Rhode Island experts provide help to teachers and parents with remote learning and the model would be one other state might want to follow, The Hechinger Report says.

Tolleson Union High School District has decided to continue online learning through the remained for the first semester which ends Dec. 18, since the district’s COVID-19 positivity rate is at 9.25%, well above the 5% rate required for students to return to in-person learning on campus.

Peoria MET hosts a virtual open house on Thursday Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. for students and their families interested in working with medical, engineering and technology professionals on authentic projects and work experiences.

Prescott College students, faculty and staff are participating in the North American Association for Environmental Education conference this year.

Here are some of the COVID-19 screening procedures that will be done before students get on buses in Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District #35.

Updated 10/7: Students celebrate their teachers in fun ways – sometimes inside an online learning assignment – this Crane School District teacher says.

Sunnyside Unified reminds students and staff as they return to campus to follow the safety guidelines to keep everyone healthy.

Gililland Middle School teachers and staff thanked students for a great first quarter of the school year with this video.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 222,538 today from 221,934 yesterday, and 5,733 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 144,342 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 26,092 in Pima County, 12,883 in Yuma County, 10,859 in Pinal County, 5,848 in Navajo County, 4,075 in Mohave County, 4,343 in Coconino County, 3,642 in Apache County, 2,892 in Santa Cruz County, 2,645 in Yavapai County, 1,934 in Cochise County, 1,468 in Gila County, 901 in Graham County, 554 in La Paz County and 60 in Greenlee County.

It’s LGBTQ History Month and GLSEN’s Solidarity Week, WestEd says.

Students at Yuma Elementary School District‘s Fourth Avenue Junior High show off some of the birdhouses they made using recycled items.

A former Gowan Science Academy and Crane Middle School student is ranked among the top 300 finalists in the 2020 Broadcom MASTERS competition.

Yuma Elementary School District One shares with families the supplemental services that their Migrant Education Program offers.

Kyrene School District celebrates three schools named Arizona Educational Foundation A+ Schools of Excellence.

Take part in a diversity and inclusivity webinar hosted by GateWay Community College this morning.

Williams Unified students solved math problems and completed reading tasks in order to cure illnesses and save lives in a hospital simulation thanks to their teachers.

Benson Unified‘s preschool offers tours to families considering enrolling in their program.

Tucson Unified thanked the Educational Enrichment Foundation for supporting students and taking them shoe shopping .

Flagstaff Unified congratulates Ashley Curtin who was named Coconino County Rookie Teacher of the Year.

Join the discussion on how to bring more funding to schools serving a majority of students of color with Education Week on Oct. 14.

Dysart Unified celebrates being awarded the certificate of excellence in financial reporting by the Association of School Business Officials International.

Learn more about nursing during a Coconino Community College Zoom session on Thursday afternoon.

The physical condition of a classroom sends students a message, Teach for America says.

Earlier coverage

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

Sept. 9 – Sept. 22: 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