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Published: Published: August 1st, 2018

Superintendent Douglas: Welcome Back to School

Urges motorists to be aware of children and school buses

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas welcomes back students, teachers and staff by proclaiming the start of the new school year.

“Once again it is the time of year for new backpacks, sharpened pencils and making new friends,” Superintendent Douglas said. “It is always an exciting time of hope and anticipation when the school year begins. Welcome back to school, Arizona!”

Since over the next few weeks most Arizona schools will begin the new school year, Superintendent Douglas urges motorists to put safety first on our state’s roads.

“We are back to having school buses on our roads, students walking in our crosswalks, as well as riding on their bicycles,” Superintendent Douglas said. “Let’s remind ourselves to be vigilant in our driving with our children back in school. Please be extra alert and abide by the speed limits in the school zones.

“Test scores are rising, teachers are getting raises and schools are receiving their federal grant funds sooner than ever. We are poised to have the best Arizona school year ever, so let’s all work together to achieve that goal.”

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Published: Published: March 7th, 2018

Supt. Douglas Encourages Potential Teachers to Attend Teach-In Job Fair

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is encouraging potential teachers to attend the 2018 Great Arizona Teach-In Job Fair on Saturday, March 10. The job fair will be hosted by the Exceptional Student Services Division of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel and Spa from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“As I have traveled around the state to almost 60 locations on my ‘We Are Listening Tours,’” Superintendent Douglas said, “I have heard unanimously from Arizonans of all walks of life that we need to pay our teachers more and find a solution to our teacher shortage crisis. Events such as the 2018 Great Arizona Teach-In Job Fair are incredible opportunities to help effectively address some of those concerns.”

116 traditional district, charter and private schools will attend Saturday’s job fair, as well as several other educational entities. At last year’s event, 59 educators were hired right on the spot, while 88 in total were hired directly from the job fair.

A fingerprinting service, resume reviewers, as well as representatives from ADE will be on hand to counsel attendees on becoming a certified teacher in Arizona. The attending schools will be able to issue letters of intent and job offers to prospective teachers pending background checks.

“If you are a teacher in need of work or a school in need of teachers,” the Superintendent continued, “there is no better place to be this weekend than the job fair. It is free for prospective teachers to attend and you can literally walk away from the event having changed your life and the lives of your potential students for the better in one day.”

To register or learn more information about the 2018 Great Arizona Teach-In Job Fair, please visit http://teachinaz.com/. Media interested in attending should email or call the press contact listed above.

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Published: Published: December 19th, 2017

Top 5 Ways Arizona’s K-12 Standards Are Different than Common Core

The Top Five List - Arizona Standards vs. Common Core

Common Core

  1. Common Core Standards are owned and copyrighted by an organization in Washington, DC and cannot be changed without their permission.
  2. Common Core had lists of recommended reading materials, some of which were questionable in their age appropriateness.
  3. Common Core did not emphasize students learning about time and money in the early grades.
  4. Common Core did not have our students learn to read and write cursive.
  5. Common Core not only asked math students to get a certain answer, but said they had to show that they got the answer in the Common Core way.

Arizona Standards

  1. Arizona Standards are owned by Arizona and can only be changed by Arizona. They were created with input from more than 200 Arizona educators and thousands of comments from the parents and people of Arizona.
  2. Arizona Standards allow school districts and charters to select their own curriculum and resources.
  3. Arizona Mathematics Standards have students learning about time and money in 1st through 4th grades.
  4. Arizona now requires students to learn cursive by 5th grade. Arizona is the only state with standards that lead to writing cursive.
  5. Arizona students and teachers can now use different methods to get the correct math answer.
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