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One Arizona district has found a way to keep truant kids in school

Drive until the yellow line on the paved road disappears.

Keep driving as the cement gives way to a dirt path. Pass the dumpster. Continue reading

December 19, 2018

Improving Reading Outcomes for Economically Disadvantaged Students

For an elementary school teacher who works with economically disadvantaged students, it can be discouraging to hear phrases like “significant achievement gap” or “30-million-word gap” in discussions of the reading and vocabulary development of our students. But research does bear those phrases out: There are clear trends of underachievement in academics for students of low socioeconomic status (SES). Continue reading

November 6, 2018


Using Data to Improve Lives of AZ Children

PHOENIX – To improve education and literacy in Arizona, it’s important to first understand challenges different communities face. Continue reading

October 15, 2018

United Way of Northern Arizona kicks off annual campaign

Unveiling a renewed focus on “uniting for an educated and thriving community” and shining a spotlight on its early children literacy efforts, United Way of Northern Arizona (UWNA) kicked off …

September 8, 2018


Library Programs Fight Summer Slide

For many children, summer break is long enough that they’ll start to forget what they learned during the school year, educators say.
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July 16, 2018

Frontdoors Magazine: 10 Questions With Terri Clark

Learn more about Arizona State Literacy Director, Terri Clark, in this Frontdoors interview. Continue reading

July 6, 2018


5 tips parents can use to prevent summer reading loss

Children have more free time in the summer to have fun. From enjoying summer camps to video games and TV, there are endless possibilities of entertainment. But beware of summer brain drain. Continue reading

June 23, 2018

70 percent of 4th-graders don’t read proficiently—what’s the problem?

Seventy. That’s the percentage of fourth graders in Arizona who don’t read proficiently.

If that isn’t alarming enough, a whopping 56 percent of third-graders failed the reading portion of the AzMERIT test in 2017, meaning they scored neither proficient nor highly proficient. Continue reading

April 5, 2018




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