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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: May 21st, 2019

Using the Arizona Science Standards to Plan a Unit of Instruction

BSCS 5 Tools of Unit Writing

Using the Arizona Science Standards to Plan a Unit of Instruction

BSCS Science Learning
American Museum of Natural History

At the heart of the Five Tools and Processes is the translation of science concepts, practices, and performance expectations into multiple instructional sequences that form a unit of instruction. This is followed by a more in-depth plan for one instructional sequence and assessment task to provide evidence of student learning focused on performance expectations. These processes help teachers plan for conceptual coherence.  This webinar will give you a brief overview of the BSCS 5 Tools process by briefly going over tools 1, 2, 3 and 4.


Using the Arizona Science Standards to Plan a Unit of Instruction – BSCS Tool 1 – Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Using the Arizona Science Standards to Plan a Unit of Instruction – BSCS Tool 2 – Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Using the Arizona Science Standards to Plan a Unit of Instruction – BSCS Tool 3 – Thursday, June 6, 2019

Using the Arizona Science Standards to Plan a Unit of Instruction – BSCS Tool 4 – Thursday, June 6, 2019

Posted in Current Events, Professional Development, Science | Tagged |
Published: December 10th, 2018

Computer Science PRO DEV Week

JUNE 2019

June 17 -21, 2019 Enjoy hands-on learning designed for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas who are interested in igniting their computer science learning. Learn about how computer science can be integrated into algebra, science, CTE, AP coursework, project-based learning, and more. Explore the different learning pathways with this document. Select a pathway from multiple tracks customized to your interest for K-12 teachers and school counselors that will be offered at the Computer Science Professional Development Week for a 1, 4, or 5 day workshop options.

The Computer Science Teachers Association-Arizona (CSTA-AZ) and the Arizona Department of Education are working together to help teachers bring computer science to their schools and communities. Together, we can expand access and opportunity to high-quality CS learning experiences for AZ students while increasing STEM enterprise and employment. Our future is bright! For more information on these contact Arizona CS teachers.

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Published: September 20th, 2018

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