If you’re not already, it’s time to get familiar with 50CAN. The highly regarded national education advocacy organization is investing in Arizona by selecting local leader Martín Perez to participate in its Education Advocacy Fellowship. The 50CAN fellowship is no joke. Martín was one of only 5 fellows accepted last fall, beating out over 800 other applicants for this prestigious training. He is currently developing a strategic plan to launch an education advocacy effort in Arizona later this fall.
A for Arizona had an opportunity to visit with the team last week. We shared with a group of their Fellows and executives about A for Arizona’s origins, as well as all the exciting things developing in our state around education. 50CAN would be a great partner in the already excellent cadre of education advocacy organizations in Arizona. They execute their mission to see a high quality education made available to every child by finding, connecting, and supporting local leaders and advocating for statewide policy changes. Currently there are seven locally led, nationally supported state CANs in the Midwest and on the East Coast. We are thrilled at the prospect of their partnership on the ground in Arizona.
50CAN is compelled by A for Arizona’s unique tie-in to the state’s business community. Our exceptional school leaders share many characteristics in common with top CEOs and have much to gain from collaboration. They are both visionary, committed, driven, and focused on results. CEOs invest in and expand the most successful segments of their business, rather than those that are failing. We believe the same is true for our approach to investment in our schools. 50CAN shared their appreciation for this positive approach that keeps the urgency on making the best possible school models available to more students, especially in low-income neighborhoods and communities.
50CAN’s interest in Arizona demonstrates that our work to drive achievement is getting noticed beyond our borders. Arizona has earned national recognition as one of the top gaining education states in the country. Our NAEP scores outpaced most other states and we’re in the top-tier for closing the Achievement Gap. We keep saying it, but it’s true: Arizona is on the rise! We look forward to a continued relationship with 50CAN as we work together to rapidly expand high quality school opportunities to every student. You can never have enough passionate advocates engaging in bold conversations that result in student success.