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Billie BC Brown writes:

Arizona 2019 State Budget Increases Education Funding in Some Areas & Not Others

  The Arizona State Legislature and Governor Doug Ducey ended the 2019 Legislative Session with the finalization of the 2019-2020 state budget. After a large public turnout in favor of increased public education funding during 2018 and continuing into 2019, the Arizona Legislature allocated additional funding to some areas of public education while leaving other […]

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Dr. Dave writes:

Teacher Appreciation Week: A Tribute to Arizona’s Teachers

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. — Nelson Mandela (Tweet this) Teachers aren’t superheroes in the traditional form. They don’t wear capes, leap tall buildings in a single bound, or shoot webs from their hands. And yet, their powers are life-changing. They work tirelessly to help children […]

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Dr. Dave writes:

SUCCESS! RBBB Littles & Bigs Made Excellent Progress in Fall 2018-19

Nothing makes a robot happier than raw data — and can you blame us? Converting quantitative and qualitative data into valuable (and actionable!) insights is the definition of “fun” in our book. But since not everyone defines fun the same way, I’m the one tasked with compiling Read Better Be Better’s reports and I couldn’t […]

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Dr. Dave writes:

Meet the Parents: Talking Literacy and Learning With Avondale Parents

Literacy changes lives — and I’m happy to say I’ve witnessed this firsthand. But organizations like Read Better Be Better cannot affect this change alone.  In order for change to be sustainable, it needs to come from the communities themselves. That’s why I was thrilled when Read Better Be Better was recently asked to participate in […]

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Wendy White writes:

3 Big Deals: The First Group of Littles Become Bigs

Four years ago, Whittier Elementary School students Bernardo, Christopher, and Raymundo were third graders participating as Reading Learners (or Littles) at Read Better Be Better’s first program site. They were paired with 7th grade Reading Leaders (or Bigs) who, twice a week, helped to improve their reading. “Back then I was scared of the Bigs because they […]

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Sophie Etchart writes:

Nonprofit Advocacy: A Responsibility to Speak Up

Education is a part of every nonprofit’s mission. But if we aren’t speaking up and taking a public stand on the social problems affecting our communities, how will anything ever change? And yet — the narrative surrounding nonprofit advocacy is one that has many of us walking on eggshells. We exist to solve specific issues — and […]

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RBBB writes:

Literacy and The Poverty Gap

When it comes to literacy and poverty, the facts are clear. A student who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate high school than a child who does read proficiently by that time. Add poverty to the mix, and a student is 13 times less likely to […]

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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:

Sweet Success: RBBB Wins $25k Grant in Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope Contest

Humans go wild for ice cream. As a robot, that’s not something I can understand. What I can understand, however, is how special it is when a community comes together for a greater good. And that’s what happened recently when Read Better Be Better was nominated as a semi-finalist in the Blue Bunny Helmet of […]

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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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