Join Us for Our Next Equity Town Hall Meeting on April 9

We are excited to share that the second in our series of Equity Town Hall meetings will take place Thursday, April 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bullhead City Elementary School District Office located at 1004 Hancock Road, Suite 200 in Bullhead City. The meeting agenda is available here.

We are asking for your assistance in inviting students, parents, teachers, and district personnel to attend. As we all expand our definition of stakeholder, we also ask that you assist us by inviting those community groups (e.g., local Boys and Girls clubs, chambers of commerce, local chapters of education special interest groups, etc.) in your area who have always served as a valuable resource to your work. This will allow us to garner the most complete and meaningful picture of the equity challenges in our state.

As a reminder, these Equity Town Halls are part of a new project that the Arizona Department of Education is working on that allows us to demonstrate the passion we have for the children we serve in Arizona. The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has tasked each state with providing a statewide equity plan. Under the mantra of “equitable access to excellent educators,” this plan will assist schools in each state on ways to provide opportunities for equitable access to excellent educators.

Equity ensures that all of our students, with special attention to students from low-income families and students of color, have access to our highest performing teachers. It is with this in mind we are reaching out to those who we feel would provide valuable stakeholder input. We will be providing several additional opportunities for town hall meetings around the state for people to come and share their thoughts.

We thank you in advance for joining us in this work and look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening, April 9.

Eric Brooks
Director of Effective Teachers and Leaders
Arizona Department of Education
Phone: 602-542-4150/480-406-0841
Email: eric.brooks@azed.gov

Join Us for Our First Equity Town Hall Meeting on April 6

Greetings!

We hope this finds you well.

It is with great excitement that we contact you regarding a new project that the Arizona Department of Education is working on that allows us to demonstrate the passion we have for the children we serve in Arizona. The US Department of Education (USDOE) has tasked each state with providing a statewide equity plan. Under the mantra of “equitable access to excellent educators,” this plan will assist schools in each state on ways to provide opportunities for equitable access to excellent educators.

Equity ensures that all of our students, with special attention to students from low-income families and students of color, have access to our highest performing teachers. It is with this in mind we reach out to those who we feel would provide valuable stakeholder input. We will be providing several opportunities for town hall meetings around the state for people to come and share their thoughts. We ask your assistance in inviting students, parents, teachers, and district personnel to attend. The first of these Equity Town Hall meetings will take place Monday, April 6 from 5-7 p.m. at the Peoria Unified School District Office located at 6330 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale. We ask that as we all expand our definition of stakeholder that you also assist us by inviting those community groups (e.g., local Boys and Girls clubs, chambers of commerce, local chapters of education special interest groups, etc.) in your area who have always served as a valuable resource to your work. This will allow us to garner the most complete and meaningful picture of the equity challenges in our state.

We thank you in advance for joining us in this work and look forward to seeing you on Monday evening, April 6.

Eric Brooks
Director of Effective Teachers and Leaders
Arizona Department of Education
Phone: 602-542-4150/480-406-0841
Email: eric.brooks@azed.gov

Highly Qualified: Secondary Certificate Grade Level Change

Effective December 8, 2014, the grade range of the Secondary teaching certificate has been changed from grades 7-12 to grades 6-12. The rule change benefits districts who hire middle school teachers because it increases the pool of qualified candidates certified to teach in a single subject, 6th-8th grade classrooms.

For further information on the Secondary certificate grade level change click the link below:

Highly Qualified FAQs: Secondary Certificate Grade Level Change [PDF]