July 2020 Communications
Teachers Reflect on Spring Distance Learning
Expect More Arizona released the second phase of results from its May 2020 survey of nearly 11,000 K-12 teachers. While the first round of results focused on teachers feelings about returning to school later this summer, this new data offers teacher’s reflection on teaching and learning when schools closed in March.
Survey results reveal teachers often struggled to contact their students, levels of student engagement varied widely, and educators worked more and relied on their own personal resources to teach their students. Additionally, teacher responses show there are still gaps in Internet and device accessibility for students, as well as a need to better serve special education and English language students.
- Nearly 11,000 K-12 teachers in Arizona completed @ExpectMoreAZ‘s survey about the impact of teaching during COVID-19 and what their concerns are for the upcoming school year. Learn more about elevating teacher voices during this global crisis: bit.ly/AZTeacherVoices.
- Using lessons learned from the spring, educators and school leaders have been working diligently to support the success of all students moving forward. As many schools and districts finalize their plans for the start of the year, it is important to know that when classes resume in the coming weeks, the learning opportunities and expectations of students will be different than this past spring. Learn more: expectmorearizona.org/phase-ii-a-reflection-on-spring-2020
Elevating Teacher Voices
Our blog series will explore the results of our May survey in more detail, with specific input from teachers across the state. As the pandemic trends shift and schools plan for re-openings, outlooks will continue to evolve.
- Returning to the Classroom: How Teachers Are Feeling Today
Arizona is extremely fortunate to be home to tens of thousands of smart, caring, dedicated professionals who can’t wait for the opportunity to be with their students again in person. However, they still have serious concerns about their own health and safety, as well as that of their students. Hear what teachers across the state had to say about returning to the classroom.
- Teachers Are Eager to Get Back to Teaching, with Appropriate Safety Protocols
More than half of the 10,800 teachers surveyed are concerned or very concerned about health and safety as schools reopen. Educators share their thoughts on what protocols they think can realistically be put in place at schools to keep them and their students’ healthy and safe during the upcoming academic year.
- Arizona Teachers Concerned About Their Students’ Emotional Well-Being, Academic Needs
While health and safety are their biggest concerns for the 2020-21 school year, many teachers are also incredibly worried about the social and emotional well-being, as well as the academic needs of their students. Educators have a lot of great suggestions about how to ease the transition back to school.
- Teachers concerns about Arizona’s achievement gap grow during continued COVID-19 closures
Teachers are accustomed to addressing “summer slide” at the beginning of a school year as students come back to the classroom having forgotten as much as two months’ worth of learning. But the 2020 return to school will be different. As schools transitioned to distance learning in March, students had widely varied experiences, depending on what resources were available in their home and through their school.
- Virtual learning, home school, hybrid learning – what’s the difference?
As we head into the 2020-21 school year, here’s a glossary of sorts to help students, parents and caregivers better understand the various education delivery methods available. Also available in Spanish here: Aprendizaje virtual, educación en el hogar, aprendizaje híbrido – ¿cuál es la diferencia?
- Childcare providers for young children need investments during COVID-19 and beyond
Access to quality childcare is critical for Arizona’s children and their families. As the state reopens, many small businesses are at-risk. Despite the important work they do, childcare centers are no exception. Learn more about how the pandemic has impacted early learning centers across the state in this guest blog from the executive director of the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children.
Vote 4 Education
A lot is at stake this election season! Voters have a tremendous opportunity to impact Arizona’s students, teachers, families and communities. At the local, state and federal level, there are decisions to be made about who will best represent your interests and stand up for the things you care about. Reaching Arizona’s shared education goals will improve our state’s economic prosperity, civic health and individual quality of life. We need your help to ensure we have elected officials who are committed to supporting the dialogue, policies and resources required to get there.
The primary election is coming up on August 4, 2020. We’ve made it simple to sign up, study up, speak up and show up! Check out the Vote 4 Education section of our website to find questions to ask candidates on education topics, access a list of key election dates and deadlines, learn how your vote makes a difference, as well as register to vote, update your voter registration, or request a vote-by-mail ballot.
Use Expect More Arizona’s online platform to contact all primary candidates running for a state legislative seat in your district simply by plugging in your name and mailing address.
- Early ballots for the primary election are in the mail! Remember to return them by July 29 or vote in person on August 4th. The primary election determines who makes it on the ballot for the November general election. Learn more: bit.ly/Vote4EdAZ. #Vote4EdAZ
- Many of Arizona’s elections will be determined in the Primary Election. Make your voice heard and #Vote4EdAZ. bit.ly/Vote4EdAZ
- STUDY UP on education issues and be sure to mark your calendars with these key election dates. Learn more: expectmorearizona.org/VOTE. #Vote4EdAZ