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Rural and Remote Initiative

As the result of a recent survey given to all public school superintendents, principals and teachers in Arizona’s rural counties, SFAz has identified short term, stopgap actions to provide teachers the tools they need to improve academic achievement and develop the necessary STEM skill.

Starting in the fall of 2013, SFAz began a three-year Rural and Remote Initiative.  It will begin with a focus on Navajo and Apache Counties as areas of greatest need but will include programs available to all 13 counties.

Initial action will include providing:

  1. Basic supplies and equipment to teachers for classrooms
  2. Professional development for teachers to further enhance their hands-on and interactive classroom skills in the areas of math and science
  3. Common planning time allowing teachers to share their curriculums and coordinate lessons
  4. Afterschool programs with a focus on science, mathematics and robotics

As the teacher responses in the documents below show, resources need to be dedicated to these 13 counties quickly, in addition to continuing support for the urban counties. We are asking individual philanthropists, trusts, foundations, and corporations to join us in investing to ensure an educated workforce that maintains America’s competitiveness.

Background and Additional Information

Copy of the Survey Distributed to Solicit Information This survey was distributed to every public school superintendent, principal and teacher in the 13 rural and remote counties, receiving a remarkable 31% response rate and significant participation from all 13 counties. Learn more
Executive-level Presentation of the Survey Results AZ K-12 Education Needs in Rural and Remote Arizona: Analysis of Responses. These slides summarize SFAz’s needs analysis of K-12 Education in Arizona’s rural and remote counties, recommend next steps, and announce a call to action. They were presented to the SFAz Board of Directors on May 31, 2013. Learn more
Survey Final Comments The Survey’s last question was “Is there anything else you want us to know before beginning the initiative?” Twenty-seven percent of participants responded to this question. This document highlights a small sample of those responses. Learn more
Rural Educators Speak What Teachers Really Need to Teach Science and Math and How You Can Help This report summarizes survey results that assess K-12 education needs in 13 rural and remote counties of Arizona. It was initiated because an SFAz donor expressed interest in validating what we know about the education needs in smaller Arizona communities. Learn more
Press Release SFAz Surveys AZ Rural and Remote Education, Pledges Substantial Support Learn more
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