Arizona Education

2015-02-26

  American Graduate: Suns-Diamondbacks Education Academy

We’ll show you how the Suns-Diamondbacks Education Academy in the Phoenix Union High School District is taking students who are close to dropping out and helping them graduate. Most of the students come from impoverished backgrounds and face difficult life circumstances that create obstacles to graduation. We’ll also have a discussion of what those circumstances are and what is being done to help students overcome them. Dr. Kent Scribner, Superintendent of PUHSD, Cyndi Tercero, Dropout Prevention Program coordinator for the district, and Dr. Steven W. Green, principal of Skyline High School in Mesa, will discuss drop out issues.



2015-02-26

  The Challenge Foundation

The Challenge Foundation helps hard working students break the cycle of poverty through education opportunities and support services. Pamela Fronk-Cole, executive director for The Challenge Foundation in Phoenix and Janis McFall, co-founder of The Challenge Foundation talk about the work of their organization.



2015-02-25

  Book on African-American Cotton Pickers in Arizona

University of Arizona English and Africana Studies professor Dr. Geta LeSeur will make a presentation for Black History Month at the Tempe History Museum about the lives of five women from rural, agricultural towns in Arizona who managed to become self-educated activists despite heavy oppression. LeSeur will discuss her book, “Not all Okies are White: The Lives of Black Cotton Pickers in Arizona.”



2015-02-24

  Morrison-Cronkite Quarterly Poll

A new Morrison-Cronkite Quarterly Poll will be released on what those surveyed think are the state’s top priorities. David Daugherty, associate director of Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy and the poll director, will discuss the results.



2015-02-12

  Arizona Autism Charter School

Arizona Autism Charter School (AZACS) is the first state approved charter school focused on the educational needs of children with autism. Diana Diaz-Harrison, lead founder and executive director for the Arizona Autism Charter School talks about the school and its curriculum.



2015-02-09

  Arizona Education: After-School Programs

Research shows that quality after-school programming has a positive impact on school attendance, achievement and the likelihood of graduation. Arizona was recently ranked in a national survey as being in the top ten of all states for after-school program support and parent satisfaction. Also, nearly 500 programs in our state signed a pledge to commit to using quality standards developed by the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence and the Valley of the Sun United Way. We’ll look at one after school program run by the city of Tempe, KidsZone. Also, Melanie McClintock, executive director of the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, and Chad Geston, a former Camelback High School principal who integrated after-school activities and programs on that campus and saw dramatic results, will talk about the value of after-school programs.



2015-02-05

  Checkered Flag Run Foundation

"My Brother's Keeper Brother Up" was a forum held as part of the My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge launched by President Obama in September 2014. The forum was sponsored by the Checkered Flag Run Foundation which provides diverse educational programs that help underserved students. Alan "AP" Powell, founder and chairman of Checkered Flag Run Foundation talks about the foundation.



2015-01-27

  Golf Grip Statistical Analysis

A group of students from Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences worked on a semester-long project with local golf club manufacturer PING. The students are working on their degrees in statistics, and helped PING analyze golf grips. Dr. Connie Borror, an associate dean and professor in the college, and Robby Reiter, one of the students who worked on the project, will discuss their research.



2015-01-26

  Arizona Education: Specialty Schools

We’ll take a look at alternative or specialty schools in the latest “Arizona Education” segment. We’ll see how one school helps students gain real-world science and engineering skills. East Valley Institute of Technology superintendent Sally Downey, Michelle Landreville, a BioTech teacher at Paradise Valley High School in the Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology, or CREST, and Greg Donovan, superintendent of the Western Maricopa Education Center, will tell us more about specialty schools.



2015-01-23

  Arizona Education: An Arizona Horizon Special

There are more Hispanic students in Arizona public schools than non-Hispanic Caucasian students. Hispanics score over 20 points lower on the AIMS test than non-Hispanic White students. See a discussion on problems with Hispanic education in Arizona. Some Arizona students are keeping waste out of landfills while learning new skills and helping others. Meet the people behind Arizona StRUT.



 

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