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October 1, 2014

  • Sustainability: Valley Forward Environmental Awards  |   Video
    • The 34th Arizona Forward Annual Environmental Excellence Awards were recently handed out. The awards are for projects, organizations and buildings that set standards for achieving a balance between the built and natural environment with a focus on sustainability. Diane Brossart, president and CEO of Arizona Forward, will discuss the award winners.

June 24, 2014

  • Arizona’s Future: Beyond Textbooks  |   Video
    • In a new Arizona Horizon series, “Arizona’s Future,” we look at innovations leading to improvements in a variety of areas, including education. In the Vail Unified School District in southern Arizona, teachers and district officials have created a web-based solution to help meet Common Core standards. The site provides lesson plans and data that educators can use to meet the standards, and any educator can add resources, lesson plans or ideas to the site. It’s being used by 77 traditional public school districts and eight charter schools in Arizona. Kevin Carney, executive director of Beyond Textbooks, will explain how the site helps teachers improve their teaching abilities.

June 11, 2014

  • Sustainability: New Carbon Emission Standards  |   Video
    • The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new carbon emission standards for power plants, which are the single biggest producer of gases that are thought to lead to global warming. Sandy Bahr, Chapter Director of the Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter, will discuss the new rules, along with Henry Darwin, head of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

February 12, 2014

  • Renewable Energy Standards  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission has decided to take another look at renewable energy standards, which requires that 15% of energy generated in the state come from renewable sources by 2025. Thirty percent of that energy must come from small energy generation sources, mostly rooftop solar. Arizona Public Service Company has asked the commission to end that requirement because the method of counting those sources has been eliminated. Solar panel installers fear it’s an attempt to eliminate the competition on the part of APS. Amanda Ormond, managing director of the Western Grid Group and former director of the Arizona Energy Office, will discuss the possible rule changes.

October 22, 2013

  • After School Education  |   Video
    • The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is proposing quality standards for out-of-school-time programs. The standards, “School’s Out, Make It Count: Arizona Quality Standards for Out-of-School Programs,” were produced in partnership with the Valley of the Sun United Way. They were based on statewide input from out-of-school time providers, educators, families, business leaders and policymakers. Melanie McClintock, executive director of the Center, will discuss the standards.

October 15, 2013

  • Sustainability: Manufactures Air Quality Conference  |   Video
    • The Arizona Manufacturers Council and the Maricopa County Air Quality Department will be holding an air quality conference for the first time in several years. The conference will feature information regarding air quality standards crucial to manufacturing and the future of air quality regulations. Bert Acken, an environmental attorney for the firm Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite, will discuss the conference and air quality issues important to manufacturers.

August 19, 2013

  • E15 Gasoline Blend   |   Video
    • The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized 2013 standards for the Renewable Fuels Standard program. It requires renewable fuels, such as ethanol, to be blended into gasoline in increasing amounts each year. One of these renewable fuels, E15, has been controversial. Linda Gorman of AAA Arizona will discuss the problems associated with E15 fuel.

August 15, 2013

  • Arizona Roads and Bridges  |   Video
    • According to a new report, Arizona was sixth in the nation for the number of roads in good condition. The state also tied for the third-lowest number of bridges that are structurally deficient. Only three percent of bridges were not up to standards in 2011, and 57 percent of the state’s roadways were in good condition. Robert Samour, ADOT’s Senior Deputy State Engineer of Operations, will talk about roads and bridges and the funding needed to keep them in good shape.

August 7, 2013

  • Common Core  |   Video
    • New curriculum standards called “Common Core” go into full implementation this year at Arizona public schools. Arizona has joined 46 other states to use the Common Core standards for K-12 math and English. The standards will be tested using the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. Schools are facing challenges in implementing the new standards and testing. Denise Birdwell, the superintendent of the Higley Unified School District, will talk about the challenges schools face in implementing the new standards.

July 29, 2013

  • Reading Research  |   Video
    • New reading standards will take effect this year in Arizona. Move On When Reading will require third grade students to score better than the “falls far below” category in reading or be retained. Arizona State University researcher Carol Connor last month unveiled findings from a three-year study of several hundred students indicating that children need customized, sustained reading instruction from first through third grade in order to become capable readers. Connor will discuss her findings in light of the new reading standards.

March 25, 2013

  • Common Core Education Standards  |   Video
    • A bill being tied into the new “Common Core” education standards is facing strong criticism from those who see it as a national takeover of education. The bill, while not mentioning Common Core, would allow the state to transition from the AIMS test to another as a high school graduation requirement. Representative Heather Carter and Laddie Shane of the Maricopa County Republican Party discuss the pros and cons of the issue.

January 31, 2013

  • Arizona's Renewable Energy  |   Video
    • A move to reduce renewable energy standards for APS by the Arizona Corporation Commission has been tabled, but incentives for large commercial solar power projects have been cut. Commissioner Gary Pierce will discuss the commission’s stance on renewable energy.

January 15, 2013

  • Common Core Education Standards  |   Video
    • This fall, Arizona schools will implement rigorous new academic standards. Find out more about the Common Core Education Standards from State Board of Education President Jaime Molera and Higley Unified School District Superintendent Denise Birdwell.

September 10, 2012

  • Arizona Common Core Education Standards  |   Video
    • Arizona is implementing new, more rigorous education standards this year. The Common Core Educational Standards have been adopted by 44 states to improve math and language skills among students. Arizona State Superintendent John Huppenthal and Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill will discuss the common core standards.

February 15, 2012

  • Arizona’s Science Standards  |   Video
    • Science Standards for Arizona’s public schools recently received a “D” grade from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington-based education think tank. Darcy Renfro of Science Foundation Arizona comments on the findings.

April 18, 2011

  • Career and Technical Education  |   Video
    • The FY2012 state budget eliminates career and technical education funding for 9th grade students. Find out how that impacts Arizona’s efforts to prepare high school students for the workforce. Guests include Carolyn Warner, co-chair of the Arizona Skill Standards Commission; Jac Heiss, superintendent of the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology; and Brandon Ames, CEO of ABLE Information Technologies.

August 23, 2010

  • Energy Efficiency Standard  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission recently approved one of the most aggressive energy efficiency standards in the nation. It requires regulated utilities to reduce the amount of energy they sell 22% by 2020. Jeff Schlegel of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and ASU professor Matthew Croucher discuss what it will take to reach that goal.

May 19, 2010

  • Immigration Law Enforcement Guidelines  |   Video
    • Lyle Mann, executive director of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST), shares the proposed training guidelines to enforce Arizona’s new immigration law.

August 13, 2008

  • The End of AIMS?  |   Video
    • A new state task force will consider changing or replacing the AIMS test. The Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards is a high stakes exam that high school students must pass in order to graduate. Join Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne, Arizona Education Association President, John Wright, and Dr. Karen Nicodemus, a member of the Governor's P-20 Council as they talk about the future of the AIMS test for measuring student achievement in Arizona. AZ Dept. of Education's AIMS Information Center

May 2, 2007

November 9, 2006

  • special Eight programming
    • Buzz Buzz is more than just a TV show. It comprises television, an interactive Web site (www.azpbs.org/buzz) and uniquely Arizona educational materials that help teachers meet new Arizona arts standards. Discussions for the concept showcasing Arizonas emerging arts scene began more than a year ago, eventually involving more than 20 community organizations. The pilot episode features work by three Valley artists Phoenix Symphony violist and director of Downtown Chamber Series Mark Dix who brings chamber music to new audiences at downtown art galleries; fashion and ASU Dance Department costume designer Galina Mihaleva designs for dancers, models, rock stars and nanotechnologists; and urban designer and Dean of the ASU College of Design Wellington Reiter who envisions a Phoenix Sky Harbor airport where planes, condos and pools might one day co-exist. The pilot also lets viewers know where they can see and hear the work of the featured artists as well as other artists in the same fields.

August 29, 2006

  • Arizona Education Update: Arts Education Part two of four
    • Few will argue against arts education as a way to develop imaginative, higher-level thinking skills. But what are the standards for arts education in public schools? How widely does funding and program framework for arts education vary from district to district and school to school? Vivian Wessel, executive director of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education and Darcy Olsen, president of the Goldwater Institute join the studio discussion.

August 16, 2006

  • AIMS Test
    • The Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) is designed to provide educators with information about students knowledge and understanding of various subjects, including math, reading and writing. While many support such standardized testing programs, others say the AIMS test is neither fair nor accurate in determining a student's potential. James Middleton, Division Director of Curriculum and Instruction at ASU College of Education and David Berliner, Regents Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at ASU College of Education will discuss the issue.

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