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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Q&A: Arizona’s new English Language Arts and math standards explained

Last month, the State Board of Education adopted new English Language Arts and mathematics learning standards — the first update in seven years. The new K-12 standards formally replace Common Core. The biggest change is that third-, fourth- and fifth-graders must learn cursive handwriting. Other changes include a bigger emphasis on phonics instruction, telling time […]

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Level Up Village helps All Saints’ third-graders collaborate globally

You might not normally picture third-graders working on 3-D printers using computer-aided design, or conversing about solar energy with students halfway around the world. But thanks to the Level Up Village project, that’s exactly what’s happening at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, a private elementary and middle school in north-central Phoenix. Sitting in a semicircle […]

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Q&A with Michelle Doherty, Arizona’s 2017 Teacher of the Year

Michelle Doherty is in her 22nd year of teaching at Encanto School in Phoenix’s Osborn Elementary School District. In November, she was named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation. This first-grade teacher believes all children can learn and that outstanding teaching can be measured by inclusivity and attention to all students. […]

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First-grade teacher in Osborn Elementary School District is 2017 Teacher of the Year

Michelle Doherty, a first-grade teacher at Encanto School in the Osborn Elementary School District in Phoenix, was named 2017 Teacher of the Year on Thursday by the Arizona Educational Foundation. Doherty is in her 22nd year of teaching at Encanto School. She believes that all children can learn and that outstanding teaching can be measured by […]

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AzMERIT results show improvement, but Arizona schools still lag

There’s good news and bad news in the most recent results from AzMERIT, the annual statewide test that measures how students are performing in English language arts and math. The good news: Arizona students did better in 2016 than in 2015, the first year of AzMERIT, when nearly two-thirds of students in grades 3 through […]

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New Phoenix Coding Academy draws future tech leaders

Imagine commuting three hours round-trip to high school and being grateful. That’s how Harrison Kerkhoff of Wittmann feels about Phoenix Coding Academy. Harrison, 14,  joined nearly 100 other students at the school, which first opened its doors on Central Avenue north of Indian School Road in August. It’s the first Arizona high school to build […]

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Navigating school choice: How seven Arizona families found the right educational fit

Jill Partridge has one child: Max. So when it came time to enroll him in school, she wanted to do it right. She toured seven campuses, met teachers, talked to parents and paid particular attention to activities that would inspire him. Partridge, of Phoenix, ended up choosing Mercury Mine Elementary in the Paradise Valley Unified […]

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Overwhelmed by school choice? Come to Education Fair AZ

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Raising Arizona Kids magazine will host the Valley’s first large-scale school-choice event. Education Fair AZ is an opportunity to meet with representatives from up to 100 local public, charter and private schools and a variety of resources that support success in learning. The free, drop-in event runs 10 a.m. to 3 […]

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What parents should know about the next AzMERIT test

AzMERIT test

Sara Keast, a fifth-grader at Heritage Elementary School in Glendale, is a little bit nervous about taking the upcoming AzMERIT test—Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching. “Last year the questions were harder than AIMS—harder than I expected,” she says. But she also feels more prepared for her second attempt and is confident she’ll […]

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Sandpiper Elementary’s Spanish immersion classrooms

The Spanish immersion classrooms at Sandpiper Elementary School in Scottsdale seem like typical American classrooms. But look a little closer and you’ll notice something: From the posters on the wall to the words on the rug to the teacher’s lessons, everything is presented in Spanish. It’s part of Foreign Language Immersion Teaching Enrichment (FLITE), a signature Spanish-immersion program […]

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