Communication memo


Published: December 5th, 2019

Excellence in Civic Engagement Program has a new name!

In July and August 2019 the Civic Education Committee met at their first annual retreat and made some exciting changes in the program based on the feedback of our Civic Engagement Schools and research in the field on civic education and engagement. The name of the program was changed from The Excellence in Civic Engagement Program to The Civic Education and Community Engagement Program. This change was made because we wanted to expand the program from the focus on the K-12 School Award to a program that not only recognizes exceptional Civic Learning programs in our K-12 schools but also our Institutes of Higher Education and programs by organizations that focus on Civic Learning programs for Adult Education. We also wanted the community engagement to become a larger focus of our mission.

Along with the changes in the program, there are significant changes in the school award. In addition to the Civic Engagement Schools Award for K-12 schools, post-secondary programs and community organizations who offer exceptional program for adults will also be recognized through a separate application and award. In addition to program recognition, The Civic Education and Community Engagement Program (CE2) will increase its focus and commitment to providing high quality professional development and community outreach. The annual Civic Learning Conference will continue each year.

Posted in Communication memo, Current Events |
Published: November 7th, 2019

On Demand Webinars back by popular demand!

An ON DEMAND webinar is a webinar that you schedule on your time with an Arizona Department of Education Science & STEM Specialist, who will host the webinar in a live setting.

Read this important information to determine if an ON DEMAND webinar is right for you!

  • Webinars are typically 1 hour
  • Choose from the list of available webinars (ADE staff is not able to create new webinars for on-demand sessions.)
  • Schedule at least four weeks in advance
  • Intended for a group of educators or Professional Learning Community (5 10 or more)
  • Is contingent upon availability
  • The in-person host agrees to act as a facilitator of the room, which can include making copies and distributing them, facilitating collaboration, and taking questions.

For a description of available webinars click the button below.

Posted in Communication memo, Current Events, Science, STEM |
Published: February 1st, 2018

Computer Science Standards Revision – January 31 Update

Computer Science Standards Revision – January 31 Update

Computer Science Working Group convenes for first working group meeting in the development of Computer Science Standards. The Working Group included representation from K-12 and Higher Education.

Download the January 31, 2018 agenda
Download the January 31, 2018 presentation

Posted in Communication memo, Computer Science, Computer Science Standards Development Updates | Tagged , |
Published: January 26th, 2018

MSP Mini Grant Applications now open!



The Arizona Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of the SY2018 Arizona Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) Mini Grant Application. All applicant LEAs must attend one grant-writing webinar. The LEA’s project lead and fiscal officer are both encouraged to attend, as are additional partners (evaluators, higher education, etc.) Applications are due March 7, 2018.

Posted in Communication memo, Computer Science, Current Events, Mathematics, Science, STEM | Tagged , , , |
Published: January 16th, 2018

List of Approved Assessments Updates



The Navajo Nation Seal of Bilingual Proficiency Assessment was added to the list of approved assessments at the October 23rd State Board Meeting. For more information including a testing schedule please see the following attachments.

Posted in Communication memo, Current Events, Seal of Biliteracy |
Published: December 4th, 2017

The Science and Social Studies Standards Drafts are under Internal Review

The Science and Social Studies Standards Drafts are under internal review.

The Science and Social Studies Standards Drafts will not be made public at the December 4, 2017 State Board of Education meeting as previously anticipated. The drafts are currently being vetted and under agency review. Read the official communication from ADE.

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