This past weekend, our 2016 Ambassador for Excellence Mike Vargas (Freshman Physics Teacher at Pinnacle High School) joined colleagues and leaders in education from Kindergarten to College focused on STEM instruction at the STEMteachers PHX Unconference.
We kicked off the 2016 UnitED program earlier today and announced six new business, school partnerships across the state!
- McCarthy Building Companies & Santa Maria Middle School
- Microsoft (Scottsdale) & Mountainside Middle School
- Microsoft (Chandler) & Basha High School
- Suddath Workplace Solutions & Westview High School
- GenoSensor Corporation & Western School of Science and Technology
- Microsoft (Tucson) & La Paloma Academy Lakeside
Arizona public school principals have less than one week to submit their final application for consideration to be named a 2016 A+ School of Excellence™ school.
The A+ School of Excellence™ Program is a comprehensive school assessment program that celebrates outstanding schools and brings to light the positive stories and successes happening in public schools every day. The program is the only one of its kind in Arizona and was created by the Arizona Educational Foundation in 1983.
Janice Mak, 2016 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year semifinalist, is a STEM teacher at Explorer Middle School in Paradise Valley Unified School District. Late last week, Janice hosted the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program for her students at Explorer Middle School. Two other Paradise Valley Schools also participated in the program: Fireside Elementary School and North Ranch Elementary School.
A Guest Blog Post by Christine Marsh
Christine Marsh is a High School AP English Teacher at Chaparral High School in the Scottsdale Unified School District and the 2016 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year.
I could write an entire novel about my wishes for the New Year! I have so many hopes and dreams for education in our state, but unfortunately some of them would require some sort of metaphoric Santa Claus in order for the wishes to be reality.
In the essence of time and space, I am limiting my hundreds (or thousands) of wishes to four, and none of them require Santa Claus.