Category "Education"

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    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 […]

    June 25, 2019

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    The Excellent Ripple Effect RBBB Has on Families and Communities

    When Sophie came up with the idea for Read Better Be Better, I was on board immediately. A fun after-school program that helps tiny humans master reading comprehension, become better learners, boost self-esteem, and develop leadership skills? Genius! But what I did not expect was the excellent ripple effect our program would have on our […]

    May 30, 2019

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    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 […]

    May 3, 2019

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    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 […]

    April 2, 2019

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    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 […]

    December 21, 2018

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    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 […]

    October 23, 2018

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    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 […]

    August 28, 2018

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    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 […]

    April 26, 2018

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    How Workforce Development Will Help Reduce Arizona’s Teacher Shortage

    Arizona has a critical teacher shortage: at the start of the 2017-18 school year, there were 1,968 vacant teaching positions, and 3,408 teaching positions are filled with people who don’t meet standard teaching requirements (Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association, December 2017). This problem disproportionately affects schools in under-resourced districts serving already marginalized communities – the […]

    February 28, 2018

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    A Robot, RBBB, and the Governor All Walk Into a School…

    When Principal Lori Goslar asked if Read Better Be Better would like to have a visit from Governor Ducey, I immediately said — AFFIRMATIVE. There’s nothing a robot likes more than a like-minded human, and Governor Ducey’s push to showcase successful educational interventions in Arizona right now is exciting. In fact, at the Read On […]

    October 24, 2016

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