Q&A with the 2021 Arizona Teacher of the Year Sara Wyffels

Q&A with the 2021 Arizona Teacher of the Year Sara Wyffels

by Expect More Arizona

We sat down with the 2021 Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year, Sara Wyffels, to learn more about how she got where she is today and where she wants to go. Here’s what she had to say: Tell us about yourself I’ve been teaching for 15 years, the last 13 of those have been …

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2020’s Teacher of the Year Ambassadors reflect on the past year and what’s to come

by Expect More Arizona

2020 was a year like no other. What many thought would be a two-week school closure in March continued into the next school year and will likely continue in 2021. Unprecedented disruptions, coupled with educational innovations, have created a year that was barely recognizable. We asked the 2020 AEF Teacher of the Year Ambassadors what …

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Top 5 tips for working with your school district’s governing board

by Expect More Arizona

 The state’s K-12 school system is a complex organization with decisions made at many levels. But  school district governing boards are probably the most impactful in many ways. These boards set priorities for the district, hire the superintendent, choose curriculum, and during the pandemic, they determine when and how schools open for in-person learning. As …

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New collaboration seeks to transform the way teaching and learning is done in Arizona schools

by Arizona State University

Three organizations have committed to collaborate with Mesa Public Schools, the largest school district in Arizona with more than 64,000 students, to support district leaders in efforts to create equitable learning outcomes and better prepare all students for the demands of college, career and civic life. The Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA), Arizona State University’s …

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What role do county school superintendents play in the school system?

by Expect More Arizona

Arizona voters elect county school superintendents. But how many understand what they’re voting for? County school superintendents have been around since Arizona’s statehood – they’re baked into Article 11 of the state’s constitution, and they have both mandated and optional duties. County school superintendents are one of the four levels of educational authority in Arizona. …

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