Dear Educators & Administrators,
Over the past two months, the Arizona Department of Education worked closely with the Governor’s office, State Board of Education staff, and other stakeholders to develop a plan to get $20 million dollars for school counselors, social workers, and school resource officers (SROs) to schools as quickly as possible.
On Monday August 26, 2019, the State Board unanimously approved that plan and districts will be able to apply for these new funds in the coming weeks. I applaud the Governor, lawmakers, and advocates for prioritizing these issues during the last legislative session, and I look forward to finding ways to build on this work in the months ahead. Our students are counting on us to ensure their mental health and physical safety – we cannot let them down.
Our School Safety Program has published Goals & Requirements and an updated FAQ document detailing the timeline and requirements for the new grant process. The new application will open September 16, 2019 and close on September 27, 2019. Please visit their webpage for more information and resources to help you apply to bring a school counselor, social worker, or SRO officer to your school.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Fifteen Arizona students will be selected to help shape policy at the state level
Today, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced the formation of Arizona Department of Education’s first statewide Student Advisory Council.
Fifteen students representing grades 5 through 12 will be selected to participate in this advisory council as part of Superintendent Hoffman’s efforts to elevate the voices of students in Arizona.
“When students have the opportunity to use their voice, it inspires and empowers them to be leaders in their educational experience,” said Superintendent Hoffman. “It’s important for me to hear firsthand from Arizona students about their experiences in school today, and I’m thrilled to convene this Advisory Council and to invite students from across the state to share their perspectives that will help influence education policy at the statewide level.”
Superintendent Hoffman will seek student advisors’ perspectives on a range of topics, from curriculum and testing to school facilities and technology. Selected students will serve a one-year term starting in October 2019 and ending with the 2019-2020 school year. Students from grades 5 through 12 that are residents of Arizona are encouraged to apply. More information regarding eligibility and the application requirements can be found on our website www.azed.gov.
The application process for this position is now closed. Individuals selected for consideration will be contacted directly.
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman today announced the creation of a new executive leadership position at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) focused on issues of equity. The Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will be charged with driving ADE’s internal and external efforts to better serve under-represented, marginalized, and at-risk students and their families.
“All of Arizona’s students deserve the chance to succeed and reach their full academic potential, regardless of their background,” said Superintendent Hoffman. “This leadership position is among the first of its kind in the nation. It reflects my administration’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion both in our internal practices and in the state policy we help drive.”
Among other responsibilities, the new Associate Superintendent will be tasked with identifying opportunities for cross-agency collaboration, developing a state strategic plan for equity initiatives, and working with the Policy & Government Relations team to propose legislative solutions to state lawmakers. The Associate Superintendent will also participate in many of the State Superintendent’s task-force groups that focus on issues of equity, such as the African American Advisory Council, Latinx Advisory Council, Culturally Inclusive Practices Advisory Council, and more.
Interested individuals can apply by e-mailing their resume and cover letter to [email protected] using the subject line “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.” Acceptance of applications will end on May 24, 2019. The full job description for the Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion can be found below.
Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Leading ADE’s internal efforts to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.
- Identifying opportunities for cross-agency collaboration to better serve under-represented, marginalized, and at-risk students and their families.
- Providing ADE staff with professional development and resources focused on cultural competence and biases.
- Leadership and oversight of program areas assigned by the Superintendent.
- Assessing internal processes in collaboration with Human Resources to ensure that workplace policies are equitable, culturally responsive, and promote diversity.
- Developing a state strategic plan for equity initiatives and related public policies with the input of stakeholders and ADE staff.
- Engaging with staff, districts, and community stakeholders on equity issues and proposed solutions to strengthen communities through more equitable resources and educational practices.
- Working with Policy & Government Relations team to propose legislative solutions for lawmakers.
- Participating in committees, advisory councils, or task force groups that focus on issues of equity (e.g. African American Advisory Council; Culturally Inclusive Practices Advisory Council), and support committees and ADE staff on the implementation of collective ideas and goals.
- Monitoring statewide data on achievement gaps among groups of students and bring together ADE staff and other stakeholders to develop strategies and solutions.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman’s statement:
“Last year, voters sent a clear message for us to fix education in Arizona. We face an unprecedented teacher shortage, spending per student remains among the lowest in the nation, and many of our schools need vital repairs. With the 20×2020 plan, we have made steps in the right direction and I’m committed to finding innovative ways to recruit and retain our educators across all fields. We must guarantee competitive pay for all educators, including our art, music and special education teachers, as well as support and classified staff.
“The governor’s proposed budget also invests in more school counselors and I applaud that decision. Well-trained and knowledgeable mental health experts are indispensable to a healthy and safe school environment. If we work together, we can find solutions to the challenges we face. We can explore creative ideas to address the teacher shortage, in addition to the Teachers Academy, like housing subsidies and paid paternity/maternity leave. We can find sustainable and dedicated revenue streams to fund our schools, and we can build a fair and equitable public education system that provides a high-quality education for students of all backgrounds. Voters expect us to do these things and our students deserve nothing less.”
Elected officials have the option of taking their Oath of Office with one hand on a variety of books. At the inaugural ceremony on Monday, Kathy Hoffman swore her oath of office to become Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction on the children’s book “Too Many Moose,” a book she enjoyed using in her classroom to help children with speech impediments.
Local radio station, KJZZ, reached the author of the book, Lisa Bakos, about Superintendent Hoffman’s decision.
“It brought tears to my eyes,” Bakos said when she heard about the importance of the book to Hoffman and her students. “I can’t think of any better honor than that to hear about my words that I put out into the world.”
As a substitute teacher herself, seeing a teacher elected into the highest education position in the state held great significance. “I feel very honored and grateful to be part of that historic event yesterday,” Bakos said.
To view the full KJZZ article, please see this link: