Parents, here’s how to make online learning easier for you and teachers, alike

Parents, here’s how to make online learning easier for you and teachers, alike

by Guillermina Torres, Mexican American Student Services department at Tucson Unified School District

A few weeks into the school year, things are already easier than they were at the beginning. But distance learning isn’t simple. To help, here’s some of the advice that I give families I work with: Keep in close contact with the schools. If you’re struggling with tech, let them know. And if you’re unsure …

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School Counselor of the Year: What Families Can Do To Thrive This Year

by Jaime Clemens Jaime Clemens, 2020 Arizona School Counselor of the Year

Everyone involved in education is reeling from the changes and seeking ways to make it through. It’s hard to imagine how the start of this school year could have been any less predictable. But start it did and it will continue. Here are the top five things I suggest from my years as a parent, …

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Special Education Faced Special Challenges

by Expect More Arizona

In May, Expect More Arizona fielded a survey to give classroom teachers a chance to weigh in on COVID-19’s impact on education. This blog series will explore results in more detail, with specific input from teachers across the state. As the pandemic trends shift and schools plan for re-openings, outlooks will continue to evolve. Learn …

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Reimagining Learning for Students with Disabilities: A COVID Crisis Silver Lining

by Karla Phillips-Krivickas, KnowledgeWorks

My daughter is returning to school next week after five months at home, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m glad Arizona has given parents a choice in how to educate their children as we emerge from the COVID crisis, and I support parents who are exploring online and homeschool options to …

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Understanding How Positive Community Factors Can Help Mitigate The Impacts Of Adverse Childhood Experiences

by Virginia Watahomigie, Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y)

Research shows that Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, contribute to the likelihood of substance abuse and other health concerns later in life. Unfortunately, Arizona ranks higher than the national average for children who have experienced ACEs. These can include childhood traumas such as abuse and neglect. In fact, according to the Arizona ACE Consortium, “It …

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