Examples of Excellence


Providing opportunity youth with “Pathways to Justice Careers” through Friendly House

Phoenix, AZ

In 1920, national headlines might have been dominated by Babe Ruth and the women’s suffrage movement, but in Arizona, residents …

Submitted by Martin Quintana on 3/2/18


How Southwest Human Development is using an interactive, family-based effort to improve preschool literacy

Phoenix, AZ

The earliest years of a child’s life are formative in many ways, not the least of which relates to language …

Submitted by Ryan Narramore on 2/20/18


How Arizona GEAR UP is creating a college-going culture in Mohave Valley

Mohave Valley, AZ

Continuing education beyond high school is one of the most effective ways of ensuring a bright future. People with college …

Submitted by Diane Beardsley on 2/14/18


Students in Humboldt Unified are Rising to High Reading Expectations

Prescott Valley, AZ

What do the National Blue Ribbon, National Title One Award, George Lucas – Edutopia Schools That Work, Rodel Award of …

Submitted by Cole Young on 2/14/18


Changing Culture and Increased Focus on Math at Snowflake Unified Greatly Improved Student Achievement

Snowflake, AZ

We’ve all heard someone say it. Maybe we’ve even said it ourselves. “I’m just no good at math!” It’s an …

Submitted by Hollis Merrell on 2/13/18


How GEAR UP is creating a college-going culture in rural San Luis

San Luis, AZ

In a rural, Title 1 high school with more than 3,000 students, the team from Arizona GEAR UP is helping …

Submitted by Carmen Castaneda on 2/12/18


How Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School District is using literacy to set kids up for success

Clarkdale, AZ

In a community that embraces a diverse student group where some families face “at home” challenges”, the third grade team …

Submitted by Andrea Clark on 2/8/18


How Goodwill of Southern Arizona is Re-engaging Youth in School and Work

Tucson, AZ

In Pima County today, 12 percent of youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither working nor going …

Submitted by Lance Meeks on 2/6/18