Let's Face It.
Last week, honest accountability looked like about 450 photos of children pasted to index cards around a room. We were in the southern Arizona city of Ajo to visit the Red Raiders, whose achievement gains have been spectacular over the past five years. The visit would have been a great help to those who pepper us with questions about what an excellent school “looks like”. Excellence in Ajo looks like a lot of people who are deeply engaged with each other and the children they serve. Read More...
Innovation Feeds Freedom of Choice in Our Most Traditional Settings
Reflecting on Independence Day and the freedoms we enjoy in this country brings to mind the freedom Arizona families have to choose from a host of educational opportunities. Look around the state and you’ll find everything from arts academies and STEM programs to International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and Montessori models. Arizona has become accustomed to a menu of school choices for our kids, but what you might be surprised to learn is that these diverse quality offerings are coming from some of the largest districts in the state, serving urban cores in high poverty areas. And they’re yielding great success for their students. Read More...
How the Olympic Spirit Can Calm the Education Wars
With less focus on the presidential candidates and more on balance beams and volleyball there seemed to be more exuberant greetings, the holding of doors, and lots of coffee shop line discussions about staying up late to watch Simone Biles. It’s been nice. And it reminds me that as humans, we do well when we can rally around a common point of interest. Unfortunately, this hasn’t always been the case in education reform. But the events of the last three weeks, where the athletes of countries that do not traditionally get along at the U.N. embrace after competition, make me think of how unnecessary the education wars are and why we all have more in common than not. Read More...
A Growing Movement of 'A'
More about A for Arizona
A for Arizona exists to support and expand the number of our best A-quality leaders, educators, and public school models, especially those who serve primarily low-income students. The program is a project of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, in partnership with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We believe all students in Arizona deserve to be educated in an A-grade school, and we know that such schools are possible everywhere. It is time to insist. Learn more about A for Arizona.