LAUNCH Flagstaff Selected for Read On Arizona Acceleration Zone Project
FLAGSTAFF September 6, 2018
Read On Arizona, thanks to partial funding and support provided by the Arizona Community Foundation and the Arizona Department of Education Early Childhood Unit, recently launched the Acceleration Zone Project focused on exploring how targeted communities throughout state can accelerate progress towards the goal of eliminating the literacy gap for economically disadvantaged students in Arizona.
“We are pleased to announce that Flagstaff has been chosen as one of six communities in Arizona to participate in the Acceleration Zone Project,” said Arizona Literacy Director for Read On Arizona, Terri Clark Read more “Read On Acceleration Zone”
KDI Team Making Progress
FLAGSTAFF (August 8, 2018)
The multi-LEA (local education agency) that formed to pilot implementation of the Kindergarten Developmental Inventory (KDI) has made steady progress since being granted approval from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to begin their work.
The team of local early childhood educators and administrators received training through out the spring of 2018 in use of the KDI from Teaching Strategies, the company contracted by the ADE for implementing the KDI. Read more “KDI Implementation Update”
Dual Enrollment Opportunities Expand
FLAGSTAFF (August 6, 2018)
One of the most cost effective ways to earn college credit, is to earn that credit while still in high school. In Flagstaff, this is accomplished through a special agreement between Coconino Community College (CCC) and a student’s high school. Until now, only students in the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) could take advantage of this opportunity called dual enrollment, but as of the start of this new school year that has changed.
Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) and Northland Preparatory Academy (NPA) are the first charter high schools in Flagstaff to enter into their own agreement with CCC to offer dual enrollment in some specific courses they offer. Read more “Dual Enrollment Opportunities Expand”
Participate in a discussion to create a collective community statement from organizations and individuals on the proposed revisions to the Arizona Science Standards by the Department of Education.
According to the Educational Commission of the States (http://vitalsigns.ecs.org/state/arizona/demand), jobs in STEM fields are projected to grow by 21% by the year 2027. We have an opportunity to help support the students in Flagstaff and Arizona to become scientifically literate and inspire them to consider STEM careers.
From this event, Mary K Walton, Assistant Superintendent of Flagstaff Unified School District will present the Flagstaff’s community message to the Arizona Board of Education at their regularly scheduled meeting on June 25, 2018.
Please email your RSVP to Ms. Walton at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a statement that you would like shared with the Board to the same email.
Community Grad Night Shines
Submitted by Renee Henry, Flagstaff Community Grad Night volunteer organizer
On Friday, June 1, 2018, the Flagstaff community joined together in an amazing show of support at the 26thannual Flagstaff Community Grad Night. Local businesses, community members, volunteers, parents, and teachers hosted an exciting and engaging celebration for the high school graduates in Flagstaff. Over 500 students from all of the local high schools and homeschools enjoyed casino games, henna tattoos, inflatables, live entertainment, dodge ball, music, food, prizes, and more. The grand prizes included a custom longboard, $500 cash, a Rocky Mountain Fusion mountain bike, a Dell Inspiron laptop computer, and a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid!! Throughout the evening, almost $20,000 dollars in prizes were given away to the graduates!! Read more “Community Grad Night Shines”
8th Grade Math Community Action Network (CAN) LAUNCHed
FLAGSTAFF (February 10, 2018)
Of the five shared goals of the LAUNCH Flagstaff partnership, two have had active CANs of subject matter experts working toward identifying and implementing strategic action related to their respective outcomes – until now. Starting in February, LAUNCH Flagstaff officially has it’s third CAN on improving outcomes in 8th grade mathematics. Read more “8th Grade Math CAN LAUNCHed”
LAUNCH Data Team Studies Predictors for Education Success
FLAGSTAFF (January 3, 2018)
In December 2017, LAUNCH Flagstaff investigated the relationship between a cohort of 107 students who:
- participated in KinderCamp®
- received a Kindergarten Development Assessment (KDA) upon entering kindergarten within the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD)
- received a 3rd grade English Language Arts (ELA) score on the AzMERIT state standardized test.