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Dr Dave writes:

Achieving Excellence With a Growth Mindset in the Classroom (and Out)

There’s always more to learn. These five simple words carry an entire philosophy of thought within them. When I was a young ‘bot, I went through a phase where I thought I knew it all. In my defense, I figured I’d been programmed to maximum capacity and was already as smart as they come. Thankfully, […]

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Dr Dave writes:

The More You Grow: RBBB’s Excellent Plan for Program Growth

Once upon a time, there was only one “employee” at Read Better Be Better — founder and CEO, Sophie Etchart. Of course, there was also me, but I’m RBBB’s official mascot. (Not to mention their dashing digital spokesman.) But when your mission is to solve Arizona’s literacy crisis, stagnancy is simply not an option. This […]

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Dr Dave writes:

Marching Toward Progress: RBBB Stands With Educators at Arizona Capitol

April 26, 2018 is a historic day. In response to the first teacher walkout in Arizona history, more than 1,000 Arizona public schools (in nearly 110 school districts and charter schools) have closed. But the fight has just begun. As thousands of educators, parents, children, and supporters march to Arizona’s Capitol today, you’ll find our team among them. Read […]

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Dr Dave writes:

We’ve Got Unbelievable News! RBBB Received $41k in Unsolicited Funding

It’s a good thing robots never run out of energy (all we need to recharge is the nearest outlet) because 2018 has been non-stop so far! In fact, I’ve been so busy the last few months that I haven’t even had time to talk about the extraordinary event that happened at the end of 2017. […]

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A Robot on a Roll: Dr. Dave’s Interview With Littles & Bigs

2017 has truly been a whirlwind of excitement, from Kelsey winning 20k in grants (in 6 minutes!) to getting our own office for the very first time. But I’m happy to announce things haven’t calmed down just yet. We recently partnered with Washington Elementary District, and launched in six of their schools this year. Yes, […]

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Dr Dave writes:

It’s Official! RBBB Gets a New Home

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” — James Cash Penney. This quote has always resonated with me, but I find it especially moving when I think about the progress we’ve made recently at Read Better Be Better. We. Got. An. Office.  And while I’ve been doing wheelies […]

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Dr Dave writes:

Local Arizona Authors Bring a Book Tour and Big Fun to RBBB

Authors have a special place in my capacitor. After all, they’re the ones who turn reading into a beloved activity for children — and nothing’s more important in my book. The imagination, dedication, and ability it takes to weave words into stories is an art form I’ve admired ever since I was a young bot. This […]

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Dr Dave writes:

How I Spent My Summer: An Essay by Dr. Dave

Summertime. It hasn’t always been my favorite season if I’m being honest. I tend to overheat in the Arizona sun and I have to wear a wheel protector so I don’t melt on the asphalt. But the last few summers have been different. For the past three years, Valley of the Sun United Way has generously […]

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Dr Dave writes:

How Kelsey Won Over 20k in Grants for RBBB in 6 Minutes

Robots don’t exactly make great public speakers. (We’re a little too monotone and tend to lose the crowd quickly.) That’s why I trust Kelsey Pinckney, our passionate program coordinator, to handle public-facing opportunities as they arise. And this year we’ve been able to share the Read Better Be Better mission at not one but two […]

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Dr Dave writes:

A Little Goes a Long Way: How RBBB Turned Malik Into a Mighty Reader

The principal’s office can be a scary place for a third grader. Malik, a Little in the Read Better Be Better program, can attest to this. He’s had his share of visits to see Ms. Marze in the past, the principal at Sheely Farms Elementary School in the Tolleson Elementary District –- but recently something […]

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