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

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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Six ways to make the most of National Family Literacy Month

by Expect More Arizona

November has been set aside as a time to celebrate family literacy. But with all of the challenges that 2020 has brought, it’s hard to focus on anything other than the necessities. Despite the distractions, families should prioritize literacy. Providing children with a deep love of reading is one of the skills that will ensure …

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High schools are adapting FAFSA efforts to ensure students get the funds they deserve

by Expect More Arizona

Even though the path to college might seem murkier than usual, it’s more important than ever. And still accessible thanks to scholarships, grants, loans and more. But for students to access many of these resources, they first need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA). There are millions of dollars available …

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Arizona’s tribal communities resiliently continue early childhood services through pandemic

by First Things First

Earlier this year, as tribal communities in Arizona took measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 — in some cases through partial or full government program closures, travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders — the measures also impacted how services were provided to their youngest children and families. “In many tribal communities, there are many multigenerational …

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When you vote, consider our most vulnerable and disconnected youth

by Rhonda Etsitty, Association for Supportive Child Care

It’s hard for some Arizonans to imagine. But there are communities all over the state where families can’t get internet, or even reliable phone service. Most of us can’t picture going through life without that, but for many, it’s a daily reality. Driving to the top of a hill to get cell service; hour-long bus …

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