Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff

Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff

by Expect More Arizona

LAUNCH Flagstaff was created to improve educational outcomes for local students. LAUNCH (Learn, Advocate, Unite, Network, Contribute, Help) is working toward improving five key metrics, including: kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading, eighth-grade math, high school graduation and postsecondary attainment. It’s no mistake that these focus areas are aligned with the Arizona Education Progress Meter – the …

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Born to Learn AZ emphasizing the importance of quality early learning

by Expect More Arizona

The first five years of a child’s life are incomparably formative. These years account for 90 percent of brain development and have a significant impact on a child’s future. That’s why the Arizona Early Childhood Funders Collaborative—an initiative of Arizona Grantmakers Forum—created Born to Learn AZ. The videos, toolkit and other resources will help inform …

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A Rural Arizona Teacher’s Perspective on Education Issues

by Louise Durant

I am what people consider a natural-born teacher. From an early age I found myself being drawn to the profession, teaching five and six year olds how to do cartwheels and somersaults in the hours before my own gymnastics practice. I ended up coaching through my 20’s and even when I entered the United States …

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The Undeniable Value of Quality Early Learning

by Kelley Murphy, Director of Early Childhood Policy, Children’s Action Alliance

There is a wealth of research demonstrating the long-term advantages of high-quality early learning experiences in a child’s earliest years. Children with access to quality early learning opportunities are more prepared for kindergarten. They have increased vocabulary, better language, math and social skills, and more positive relationships with classmates. And, as they go forward in school and life, …

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