Expect More Excellence Spotlights Selection Criteria

Beginning September 2014, two entries will be chosen as “Spotlights” each month.

  • A “People’s Choice Spotlight” will be identified based on online “likes” or votes
  • An “Expert’s Pick” will be identified based on the results of judging panels in these three areas:
    • Early Childhood Education & Literacy (Oct ‘14, Jan ‘15, April ‘15, July ‘15)
    • Ensuring K-12 Success and High School Graduation (Sept ‘14, Dec ‘14, March ‘15, June ’15)
    • College & Career Readiness/Ready Workforce (Nov ’14, Feb ‘15, May ‘15, Aug ‘15)

Successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Submissions must fall into one of three categories:
    • Early Childhood Education & Literacy
    • Ensuring K-12 Success and High School Graduation
    • College & Career Readiness/Ready Workforce
  • Submissions must indicate a connection to one or more of Expect More Arizona’s Building Blocks for a World-Class Education:
    • Achieve – Commit to high expectations that prepare all children to attain a college degree and/or certificate or an industry credential.
    • Close the Gap – Ensure that all children have the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background, income, or zip code.
    • Innovate – Nurture the creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills that children need for the jobs of the future.
    • Invest – Fund education, early years through career, to help all children achieve and to make Arizona home to the best educators in the nation.
    • Work together – Make education a top priority and take action to support education in our local communities.
  • Successful applicants will be able to concisely describe any results or impact of the program being submitted. Results and impact may vary, based on the type of program. Results may include, but are not limited to: an increase in or high performance on standardized tests or school/district letter grade, third graders’ reading proficiency, readiness for kindergarten, high school graduation rates, college going rates, or postsecondary completion rates. Other examples of results may include the demographics of the program served, the results of community partners working together, the amount of dollars that have been strategically invested (and how they were used), or the impact on how students have learned new skills that will help them to be successful in college and career.
  • The quality of video production will not be taking into consideration. Videos taken with mobile devices are acceptable. Length of videos should not exceed three (3) minutes. Content beyond three (3) minutes will not be reviewed by “Expert’s Pick” judges.