The year ahead is sure to be another challenging year for education. Now more than ever, we must all resolve to make education our top priority. It’s not too late to make your New Year’s resolutions for 2012, so Expect More Arizona is encouraging all Arizonans to make education a priority. Here are five things you can do to help ensure more of Arizona’s children grow up ready to thrive in college, career and life.

Create a high expectations culture in your home – Parental involvement in student academic success can help open the door to opportunities for students and increase the options available to them in the future.

Stay Informed – One of the most effective ways to know how to make an impact on Arizona’s education system is to know what’s happening in local schools and at the statewide level. Staying current on education news and education-related legislative activities are a couple of ways to stay informed. Visit our website regularly to find current education news headlines and insights and information about Arizona education on our Blog.

Get Involved – Volunteering at a local school or with a nonprofit supportive of education are two options for improving education and the success of our students. Some programs seek mentors, tutors, board or committee members, advocates and more.

Become a Voice – Education needs ongoing champions year-round. Talk to friends, family and neighbors about how important a strong education system is to our state’s economy and quality of life. Write letters to the editor or contact your elected leaders to let them know education is important to you. And, be sure to encourage your friends and family to join the Expect More Arizona movement.

Invest in Education – Teachers are challenged to do more with less as budgets continue to be tightened. Your investment can make a difference. By giving to a local school or classroom, you are making a difference in the lives of Arizona students. Click here to find an individual classroom project to support.

Thank you for your support of education in Arizona – together, we can make a difference for Arizona students in 2012 and beyond.