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How will you #ThankaTeacher this week?

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is celebrated on Tuesday of the first full week in May. It's part of...

Schools superintendent brings youth, hope and optimism to role

A newcomer to politics, Kathy Hoffman took some voters by surprise when she won her bid to become Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction and...

H.O.P.E. program helps educate classmates about childhood cancer

Cancer isn’t contagious. It turns out a lot of kids — and more than a few adults — don’t understand this. So Children’s Cancer Network...

Transitions: Helping your child navigate to a new school or on to college

Consider a visit to a foreign country where you don’t know anyone, you don’t speak the same language and you aren’t familiar with the...

Q&A with Arizona’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Kareem Neal

Kareem Neal was a chemical engineering major until late into his junior year at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Then he attended a...

Teens: Phoenix Sister Cities applications due Jan. 11

Phoenix high school sophomores and juniors can apply to serve as Youth Ambassadors and travel to one of Phoenix’s 10 sister cities. Youth Ambassadors...

Six neighboring families, six different approaches to school choice

We are mothers, neighbors and friends. Each of us values faith, family and education. Yet each of us made different school choices for our...

Teaching in Arizona: A don’t-miss documentary follows three Tucson educators

I always thought of myself as someone who supports and values teachers. I sent my sons to a cooperative preschool requiring classroom volunteer time....

Choosing a school: Where to start as a parent

“If someone tells you the name of another school, plug your ears,” my husband joked, after we’d completed what felt like our hundredth school...

Can’t solve that algebra equation? Local libraries offer homework help

Gone are the days of brain-wracking and finger-crossing when being asked by your child about the order of operations in algebra, how to multiply...

Stanfield principal: Here’s why recess is as important as reading and math

Stanfield Elementary School Principal Chris Lineberry has been a big fan of recess since he had a health scare in 2007. “I left my...

Maryvale High School special education teacher is 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year

Kareem Neal, a self-contained special education teacher at Maryvale High School in the Phoenix Union High School District, is the 2019 Arizona Teacher of the...

6 tips for better communication with your child’s teacher

It’s the only first month of school, but already you have one of those phone messages or emails you dread: Your child’s teacher is...

March for Our Lives: Five questions with student organizer Jordan Harb

Jordan Harb is a busy kid. Following the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the 17-year-old Mesa...

Lawman-turned-teacher schools educators on lockdowns

Forty-seven seconds: That’s how long Mark Williams says it would take him to secure his classroom from an intruder at Central High School in...

Phoenix offers free coding and robotics classes for kids

Only a fourth of Arizona’s elementary schools offer computer science courses. But the city of Phoenix’s new codePHX program aims to jumpstart these skills...

Party Articles

Out-of-the Box Birthday Party Ideas

Wanting to do something a little extra special for your child’s next birthday party? Maybe it’s a milestone birthday—like turning double digits or entering...

Party Etiquette

Whether you’re hosting a party or attending one, you may be wondering—do people really RSVP anymore? What about goodie bags, are those still a...

How to Throw a Birthday Party that Won’t Break the Bank

I remember the days when birthday parties consisted of colorful balloons, streamers, a simple cake, and the classics like musical chairs and tag with...

How to do a drive-by birthday party

As we get deeper into quarantine, people have gotten creative with birthday celebrations. One result: the drive-by birthday party.

Home pool party? Hire a lifeguard!

Drowning happens silently and quickly. That’s why children are at risk even when — and sometimes especially when — adults are nearby. Even a "designated...