PHOENIX – Everyone was a winner at the inaugural Ed Pitch event Tuesday night, but the biggest winners are the students who will benefit from creative ideas developed by seven Arizona college students.
By Heidi Toth
The data are clear: young children taught in ways that reflect and highlight their heritage respond better to what they’re learning.
For Native American children, that means having teachers who are educated in best practices and an appreciation for and understanding of Native American people, cultures and nations. A collaborative program at Northern Arizona University will do just that.
A $500,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation—the first grant NAU has earned from the philanthropic organization—is funding Building Tribal Early Childhood Education Capacity, a program that further advances pedagogy relevant to the Native American tribes in northern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico. Chad Hamill, vice president for the Office of Native American Initiatives (ONAI), and Pamela Powell, associate professor and chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education (COE), are the co-principal investigators for the program.
High school juniors and seniors who place first in the following event(s) at the Educators Rising Arizona State Leadership Conference are eligible for this NAU scholarship. This scholarship may be combined with other tuition scholarships as long as it does not exceed the full cost of tuition.
Arizona public schools soon will get 200 new teachers as part of a new scholarship program that promises recipients free tuition at one of the state’s three public universities for every year they teach in the state.
Source: Gov. Doug Ducey launches Arizona Teachers Academy with aim to help instructor shortage | Local | azcentral.com
Chuck Neuzil is attacking the area’s teacher shortage from the front end. Neuzil is in charge of a program through Northern Arizona University that aims to train future teachers and make it easier for local students intent on careers in education to get on that path.
Source: Program addresses teacher shortage | Local | mohavedailynews.com
Teaching was Josh Meibos’ second career, but his first passion. Meibos, a physical-education teacher at Crockett Elementary School in east Phoenix, entered the profession in his early 30s after a career in business.
Source: ‘Kind’ PE teacher named 2018 Arizona Teacher of the Year | Local | azcentral.com