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Using Common Sense: High-speed internet access complicates distance learning

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in ​47 states, including Arizona,​ closed their doors, leaving ​55 million students at home. And the...

Sari on Science: Creepy screaming balloons for Halloween

This time of year, there’s nothing like creating a spooky atmosphere. My daughter loves to try to scare people, so we spent some time...

Chandler High School Spanish teacher is Arizona’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

Sara Wyffels, a Spanish teacher at Chandler High School, was named Arizona’s 2021 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Helping children face their fears

Children can’t help but feel fearful. With the right support, that fear can become a great learning opportunity.

Invest in Education Act: What is Prop 208?

Proposition 208, known as the Invest in Education Act, would create new funding for Arizona schools by taxing high-income earners — specifically Arizona individuals...

A new way to fast-track students to bachelor’s degrees

Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC), a public school district dedicated to career and technical education programs, is partnering with Arizona State University to create...

Arizona Teacher of the Year to be announced Oct. 23

More than any year in recent memory, 2020 has reminded families how important teachers are to our communities and our children’s lives. Teachers have...

Parents of students with learning differences have a right to independent, paid evaluations

When our son was 3 years old, my Swiss husband sat at the kitchen table trying to teach him French, his native language. “Un, deux,...

Girl Scouts offers free “Make New Friends” virtual event series

Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council and Girl Scouts of the USA are hosting free “Make New Friends” virtual events to help young girls start kindergarten...

Arizona Science Center offers in-person support for online education

Arizona Science Center is offering in-person education support and enrichment for K-6 students navigating remote learning until school campuses can safely reopen. Science Hall (think...

Homeschooling is not the same as distance learning

As uncertainty about the coming school year dragged into July, Glendale mom Arika Hall made a decision. Her family will homeschool their middle-school-age son...

Using Common Sense: 9 ways to motivate kids for online learning

With COVID-19 numbers still high in Arizona, and in-person learning delayed, distance learning is the new back-to-school reality. As a parent, you probably have...

Businesses jump in to provide on-site care, supervise digital learning

If you’re a working parent who can’t be at home supervising your child’s online education until in-person classes can start, this school year won’t...

Children’s Museum of Phoenix offers a creative “break in a box”

On Labor Day, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix will launch its newest labor of love: activities in a box for children who need a...

Back to school during COVID-19: Arizona school reopening plans

"Information is evolving and our response along with it." That comment on the Kyrene Elementary District website is perhaps the understatement of back-to-school planning for...

Return-to-school plan will be data-driven and emphasize local flexibility

Parents looking for clarity on the start of in-person instruction for the new school year today were told that individual school communities will make...

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