Expect More Arizona’s Strategic Investment building block is about strategically investing new resources and maximizing existing ones to support education, birth through career, with a focus on improving student achievement and growing the number of world-class educators and schools.
One recent example of maximizing resources to better support Arizona’s students is found through the work of the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force. The Task Force is an independently formed collaborative partnership of more than 30 entities, representing education, business, government, philanthropy and non-profits statewide. The Task Force has come together to marshal efforts and resources toward a critically important goal for Arizona education: raising awareness and support for Arizona’s Common Core standards.
This school year, schools are implementing the Common Core Standards in targeted grades, with full implementation in all grades expected next year. The Standards, along with highly effective teachers, will raise the bar to ensure that all Arizona students have the knowledge and academic skills they need to be successful in college, career, and life.
“The standards are designed to delve deeper into few concepts, so that students learn these concepts well and are able to see their relevance to the real world. They will help prepare our students today with the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful in college and career and thrive in a world of tomorrow,” Jill Allan, Math teacher/ Math Dept. Co-Chairperson, Mount Elden Middle School, Flagstaff Unified School District.
To support the implementation of the new standards, the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force collaborated to launch a new website, ArizonaCommonCore.org, which contains a plethora of useful information and resources for educators, parents, students, business and other community members. The website includes the Arizona Common Core Standards Communications Toolkit, which provides superintendents, principals, teachers, parent liaisons, and other community leaders with resources to reach out to parents so that they are prepared and involved in supporting their students through this transition.
“As an educator, ArizonaCommonCore.org, will be a helpful resource as my school implements the Common Core Standards,” said Steven Aranda, 5th grade teacher from the Flowing Wells Unified School District. “The Toolkit will make it easier for us to communicate with our parents about the new Standards.”
“ArizonaCommonCore.org, is a go-to resource for parents and families to understand the Common Core and the information we need as parents to stay engaged in our children’s education,” said Isabel Serna, parent.
Students agree that raising expectations in education is important to their future success. “I want to be challenged and I need to be prepared for my future,” said Jeremiah Rivas, 8th grade student at Valley View Elementary School in Roosevelt School District. “I believe the increased rigor and higher standards will help me succeed. I say ‘Bring It On’.”
ArizonaCommonCore.org provides information for parents, families, educators and community members to help them understand the standards and the impact of the standards on our students and our state. Specific information included on the site includes:
- Background on Arizona’s Common Core Standards including how they were developed
- Elevator Speech & Talking Points
- Template letters for Superintendents, Principals and Teachers
- PowerPoint Template
- Overview and Members of the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force
- Professional development materials for educators
- English Language Arts Standards by grade level
- Math Standards by grade level
The site has specific sections for Teachers, Administrators, Students, Families and Community Members. It is easy to navigate and includes video resources, lesson resources and information about the new assessments that will accompany Arizona’s Common Core Standards.
Click here to see what teachers around the state have to say about Arizona’s Common Core Standards.