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

by Expect More Arizona

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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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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Maintaining a strong connection between schools and communities during a global pandemic

by Stephanie Thomas, Sierra Vista Parents’ Coalition

Forging and maintaining relationships is tougher than ever. But it’s not impossible, and it’s definitely worth it, especially for schools that need ongoing support from local citizens. Education belongs to the entire community and we’re all stronger when schools are strong and well-resourced. Wondering what you can do to help when schools aren’t allowing visitors …

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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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