Category "Education"

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    Our Community of Support: A Snapshot

    In October 2020, Read Better Be Better held its first online Fall Fundraiser to support our literacy and leadership program which, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has transitioned from our traditional after-school format to an at-home version. The response to our fundraiser was overwhelming and, thanks to our supporters, over $31,000 was raised in just […]

    December 17, 2020

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    Educators: We see you. We support you. And we thank you.

    This year has been like no other. For Arizona educators, the obstacles began in March 2020, when all schools in the state were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With no federal guidelines provided to the states from the U.S. Department of Education, at a moment’s notice the Arizona Department of Education, district administrators, and […]

    December 1, 2020

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    For the Kids Who Were Left Behind, Amber Chavez shares #WhyRBBB

    Written by Amber Chavez, Read Better Be Better Site Leader Let me start off by saying that I think Read Better Be Better is an amazing program and by the time you are done reading this, I think…no, I know you will feel the same way about it. That’s how confident I am.  And yeah, you’re probably […]

    July 29, 2020

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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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