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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...

Red for Ed: Was Arizona teachers’ strike a moment or a movement?

When a whopping 800,000 students missed school during the teacher walkout in late April and early May, community “armies” of parents, volunteers, businesses, churches,...

Back-to-school family traditions can help jump-start a new school year

Every August brings a backpack of mixed emotions for my family as the leisurely days of summer come to an end and we look...

Teacher resources: Upcoming educator expos and events in metro Phoenix

In July and August, several groups are hosting educator expos to help teachers learn about organizations and products that advance student learning. Here's a...

Free innovation curriculum offered to Arizona middle and high school teachers

Fifty teachers and 1,600 students in Arizona public schools can try out a free new curriculum aimed at creating more entrepreneurs and creative problem-solvers...

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...

The social side of kindergarten readiness

Mesa mom Jenessa Moore is part of a ritual that dates back to the mid-1800s. However, the ritual today looks dramatically different than it...

Arizona students, families plan March for Our Lives to capitol on Saturday

On Saturday, March 24, Parkland survivors and families of victims are leading a mass march on Washington, D.C. to demand action to prevent future...

The Be Kind People Project works to create kinder kids and safer schools

Marcia Meyer didn’t start out to create a movement, but she did. The founder of The Be Kind People Project has seen her program...

Schools teaching mindfulness cite improved memory and better behavior

The word “mindfulness” can conjure images of yogis sitting cross-legged on a rug, eyes closed, hands resting on knees, forefingers and thumbs touching. But consider...

Q&A with Arizona’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Josh Meibos

Physical education teacher Josh Meibos says it was an honor to be named Arizona’s 2018 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation....

Josh Meibos of David Crockett Elementary is AZ Teacher of the Year

Josh Meibos, a kindergarten through sixth-grade physical education teacher at David Crockett Elementary School in Phoenix, was named 2018 Teacher of the Year by the...

School open house events around the Valley

November kicks off the school open house season around the Valley. These events offer a pleasant, no-pressure opportunity to visit campuses, talk with teachers...

“Tomás and the Library Lady” celebrates the power of imagination

Tomás, born to a family of migrant workers, loves the stories Papa Grande tells him nightly. Before long, he knows them all by heart....

Choosing the right early childcare environment

Some decisions are easier than others: Should I let my child go to school wearing a Batman cape? (Yes.) Should I make good on...

An open letter of gratitude to my children’s teachers

This is dedicated to the many teachers and elementary school staff who have enriched my children’s lives; you know who you are! I hope that...

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