Author: Laura Ory

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Op-Ed: Voters Want Candidates to Focus on Key Education Issues

By Rich Nickel, President and CEO of Education Forward Arizona Excerpted from the Arizona Capitol Times In a state where significant challenges plague the education system — and legitimate solutions exist —strong leaders thinking and working together across both sides of the aisle can ignite meaningful change...


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Arizona Budget and ESA Expansion Fall Short for Arizona Students

By Rich Nickel, president and CEO, Education Forward Arizona Last week, the Arizona legislature reached a compromise to pass a budget, which included much-needed investments in K-12 education and important resources for schools serving students from low-income families and students with disabilities...


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Taking Inspiration from Science: Meet Jennifer Cheeseman

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Education Forward Arizona wanted to ask some of Arizona’s teachers what inspires their work. Meet Jennifer Cheesman, a science teacher at Zuni Hills Elementary School in the Peoria Unified School District. She is a semi-finalist for the 2022 Arizona Educational Foundation’s Teacher of the Year and recently received a […]


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A Contagious Passion for Learning: Meet Edgar Ochoa

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week this month, Education Forward Arizona is passing the mic to some of our state’s inspiring educators! Meet Edgar Ochoa, a junior high social studies teacher at Ed & Verma Pastor Elementary School in Phoenix...


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An Arizona Teacher’s Perspective: Meet Lindsey Peterson

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Education Forward Arizona is sharing the perspectives of some of Arizona’s incredible educators. Meet Lindsey Peterson, a 2022 Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year finalist, a Washington Elementary Governing Board member, and an Apollo High School teacher in Glendale with 19 years of experience...


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Teaching Students to Question: Meet Flagstaff’s Jillian Hernandez

Jillian Hernandez teaches at Puente de Hózhó Elementary School in the Flagstaff Unified School District. She has taught for 16 years and is an Arizona Educational Foundation 2021 Ambassador for Excellence/Teacher of the Year finalist. Jillian Hernandez didn’t know growing up she wanted to be a teacher, but she credits two influences from her high […]


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Inspiring AZ Teachers: Meet Ashley Crose

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re shining a spotlight on some of Arizona’s amazing teachers! Meet Mr. Ashley Crose, a semi-finalist for the 2022 AEF AZ Teacher of the Year, and the Social Studies Department Lead and Teacher Instructional Leader for Saguaro High School in Scottsdale...


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5 Ways to Thank Arizona Teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and the perfect time to show Arizona teachers our support! The teachers in our communities continue to show up with a heart to serve and a willingness to meet each child’s unique needs. They’re doing incredible work to educate Arizona students, from pre-K to high school and beyond...


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Student Success Story: Embracing Change Leads to Success

Delcia Blancas Hernandez, best known as Lizette, is an Arizona State University student currently completing a major in communication with a certificate in international business.   As a first-generation college student, Lizette has encountered many obstacles in her education journey but has embraced the unknown and change as an opportunity for growth and learning...


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Baby, let’s talk! Serve and return

By: First Things First Even though they can’t use words yet, having little back-and-forth conversations with your baby is the best way you can help them learn and develop language. Responding to your child with words, conversation and attention makes a big, positive impact on their learning and healthy development...