Cronkite News special : Education in Arizona
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Cronkite News special : Education in Arizona

from the Cronkite studios in downtown
Phoenix this is Cronkite news welcome to this special edition of
Cronkite news I’m Joe Constantine thanks for joining us our Cronkite news
reporter strives to make an impact in covering education in Arizona tonight a
look at challenges facing schools across Arizona and the creative ways teachers
are finding solutions and inspiring children in the classroom with school
subjects like mathematics and history there isn’t a lot of room for error but
in one middle school classroom failure is seen as a means for improvement
Cronkite news reporter Danielle Kern camp went to Santa Maria middle school
to learn about how failing can sometimes be seen as a good thing generally in
beginners art classes students learn basic painting and drawing skills but in
Danielle Pulido’s case she tries to teach her students life skills paint
clay newspaper and fabric these are just some of the mediums that art students in
Danielle’s ìletís class are able to use I can show my talents here and there
is no problem and the main thing Pulido tries to teach our students it’s ok to
fail failure is perfectly fine and if they learn it here at the classroom and
it’s a lot easier for them to learn it when they’re an adult with subtle
background music and motivational signs hung up throughout the santa maria
middle school classroom students feel motivated to try new things without
fearing failure try try again we know so like you feel the first time you have to
keep on going and keep trying to succeed students are in week 4 of working on
these marionettes and in this case it’s a body with the Mickey Mouse head they
have about two more weeks until the product will be finished I love it
because then you have that final piece a study done by the National Center for
Biotechnology information shows that positive reframing works best for
students dealing with failure if there’s another student there they tend to help
each other too so it’s it’s they’re teaching each other how to do with the
pieces the students are learning firsthand what Thomas Edison said I have
not failed I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work as for students who
aren’t necessarily interested in the arts miletto says she finds what they do
like and create the project out of it for example if a
student cares about sports she has them find a new way to design a football in
the broadcast Center Danielle Kern camp Cronkite news children as young as 3 are
learning both English and Spanish in a dual language program here in the valley
cronkite reporter cassidy mcdonald visited the preschool to see how it
works monitor dual language preschool in
osborne school district preschool teacher I Reza Beth Lucia so students as
young as three years old can be heard seeing proficiently in two languages
they come in and not knowing like even when a yes but now it’s only been a few
months they pick it up pretty quickly last year the Osborne School District
was awarded a seven hundred and twenty thousand dollar investment by Helios
Education Foundation to fund dual language learning research for ages 3
through 5 the partnership also includes ASU and child’s play with implementing
our two language programs in our preschools are our students are able to
build those foundational skills in both English and in Spanish and be prepared
for for kindergarten plus languages according to the American
speech-language-hearing Association students become bilingual at a young age
or better problem solvers have those listening skills and better connect with
others historically our our district has found that students in Urdu language
program are outperforming their peers that are in an English homeland
classroom the students spend the first half of the day taught in English and
the second half taught completely in Spanish they do this using a colour
system which teaches them when it’s time to switch from English to espanol as
research indicates it’s so apparent that children learn best a second language
and in this particular age group this is when their brains are developing and
they have the opportunity to engage in multiple languages
crucio says she feels the program is successful based on the student progress
and parent feedback I hear all the time I like yeah all they want to do is
YouTube channel in Spanish just in Spanish they just want songs in Spanish
I heard a lot of positive feedback 10 and both Helios and ASU hope to study
what impact this program will have on the students in the long run in Phoenix
Kathy McDonald Cronkite news both ASU and Helios are conducting research in
partnership with the Osborne School District launch of their dual language
preschool to explore effective methodologies and practices for creating
pathways to early great success into a language learning professional
development for teachers Arizona is one of the least popular States for teachers
the learning policy institute cites low salaries low retention rates and teacher
shortages as some of the reasons for the low ranking the Cronkite news reporter
Cassidy McDonald shows us how students at Paradise Valley Community College
want to support teachers here last month marked the official launch for club as
we elevate edu a new teacher advocacy movement at Paradise Valley Community
College when it comes down to it our pipeline of teachers is just
non-existent and it’s really nerve-racking Kirk has been teaching at
PVCC for 12 years and faces she has seen a dramatic decrease in the amount of
students pursuing teaching professions in the last few years more than ever
Arizona is in a teacher shortage crisis for talking literally in some sections
going from you know 70 students down to 25 students in the education classes and
Club ed at PVCC often discussed hot topics in education such as funding
teacher evaluations teacher salaries and special education the 7 day challenge
that aims to admire appreciate and advocate for teachers and the teaching
profession it’s exciting PVC student Matthew la
Glynnis as the club seven day challenge hopes to inspire the nation to educators
by encouraging community members to pursue goals like writing notes
appreciation supporting educational fundraisers and events and much more we
also need to become politically engaged because the different bills that are at
the legislature right now are really important the club is able to help
community engagement through elevate ad use partnership with nonprofit
organizations like expect more Arizona who aim to make education advocacy
simpler for parents and community members so we have simple tools on our
website to find out who your elected leaders are who your legislators are we
make it a simple click through to send an email to them to let them know how
much you really care about teaching and how important it is that we support them
both with funding with teacher pay until we start paying teachers as
professionals we’re not going to retain people that are good for children there
are more than 2,100 vacant teacher positions in Arizona according to a
recent study in North Phoenix Cassidy McDonald on kite news according
to that study by the Arizona School Personnel administration administrators
Association more than 1,000 teachers quit or resigned from their positions
within the first four weeks of the school year Arizona teachers met at the
Capitol today to rally against the passing of bills in the House and the
Senate that would that would expand the state school voucher program Cronkite
news reporter Joe Constantine met with the teachers to hear what they had to
say teachers from all over the state met on the Capitol lawn today Presidents Day
to protest school voucher bills that they say would cut funding from public
schools to give more to charter schools many gathered in opposition to the bill
including Arizona’s Teacher of the Year Chris Marsh certainly have tried to put
a face to it and I’ve tried very very hard to be the voice of all teachers and
therefore the voice of students as rally as they call for legislators to
open the floor to a public hearing prior to the budget proposals being introduced
as we know that education funding in Arizona needs to take some next seven we
need to talk about new revenue sources we need to talk about how we invest in
our schools for the long haul so that we don’t continue to go from one crisis to
the next protesters at today’s rally will do anything to make their voices
heard even if it cost them a postage stamp
although spending the day to day protesting out here on the Capitol lawn
teachers are trying to reach House and Senate leaders in the old-fashioned way
sending postcards just like this one in my hand and the governor stated the
State address Ducey emphasized the importance of funding public schools but
when we do have available resources like we do this year the bulk of those
dollars will go to public education and our proposals will be responsible to
make sure we can actually follow through on our word and our educators can rely
on it Joe Thomas believes will be hard for the governor to fulfill his promises
but he has such a small amount of extra money to put into education because
we’ve cut taxes cut taxes and cut taxes time will tell the education budget
increases and how that money is spent at the State Capitol in Phoenix Joe
Constantine Cronkite news kids across all grade levels have had to deal with
other students being mean but at what point does that start to affect their
performance in school Cronkite news reporter Danielle Kern cam found out the
connection between bullying and academic achievement seventh-grade came at being
hook on physically worse like people had begin like pushing me and or punching
your so forth and that’s when I began cutting most movies and TV shows tend to
depict bullying as a high school act but in a lot of cases it takes place earlier
on and for grace Martinez it started in kindergarten I didn’t really want to go
to school I sometimes I would even like try to fake it like pretend to be sick
or something according to a new study from the American Psychological
Association bullying can lead to a dramatic effect on a child’s academic
confidence you know we would notice that every now and then that there’d be you
know a couple of days in a row that she just wouldn’t want to go to school
Gary Ladd is one of the main researchers on the thirteen year long study
he says the subject of bullying has only recently come into the spotlight and
back when we first started this study that was not as big an issue as it is
today it wasn’t seen as the kind of public health concern that it is now the
study determined that the more a student is bullied the more their progress in
school is negatively effected it’s kind of devastating because you want to be
there for your for your child and you know you want to protect them from
everything Grace has started new anti-bullying initiatives in schools and
last year she received a letter of recognition from representative Raul
Grijalva there is help for people out there you’re not alone in Phoenix
Danielle Kern camp Cronkite news some good news from that study it was
determined that when a student is no longer bullied their academic confidence
generally returns fairly quickly most Arizona and California have average
in-state tuition costs just above the national median at about ninety five
hundred dollars a year and there’s one seven-year-old who’s already doing
something to save for a secondary education Cronkite news reporter Chantel
del Aguila is in Los Angeles with more for most kids his age it’s common to
want the latest toy or video games but Ryan Hickman of San Juan Capistrano has
an unusual idea for raising money and getting cans of bottles from customers
that’s how Ryan’s recycling came to be and now at the age of seven he’s
collected over two hundred thousand cans and bottles in and around his community
the amount of Domanick cans and bottles that he gets his mind blowing to me and
it’s it’s grown as his business has grown
he collected from the local drop-offs weekly but his heavier loads come from
pickups at golf courses around his neighborhood every three weeks the golf
course calls and that’s that’s a big load for so we that’s kind of that’s
kind of a half-day type of thing there were so many he collects a recycling
container put into his college fund so far he’s picked over $10,000 so
recycling is not as huge as at lunch Ryan says the tech job but a good way to
be safe to whale gloves always Ryan keeps the world map above his bed and
placed the pin every time he receives a new email or letter thanking him for his
hard work it’s a reminder that what he does have a higher calling those letters
started arriving after a local report about his efforts went viral Ryan also
sells t-shirts for his company online for thirteen dollars and all proceeds go
to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in California live in Santa Monica
shouldn’t L del Aguila Cronkite news 3 student researchers are breaking the
stigma for Navajo women engineers at ASU Cronkite news reporter Cassidy McDonald
traveled asu’s Polytechnic campus to learn about a brand new program helping
Navajo students pursue careers in engineering instead of researcher Aisha
Anderson – the key step to creating diversity in engineering is through a
program called engineering design across Navajo culture community and society
Alberta ASU Polytechnic campus there’s just a huge huge gap between male and
female and then needed to have a stronger presence in the engineering
program Anderson says they are working to develop a curriculum to encourage
middle school Navajo students to pursue careers in engineering if I was at a
younger age and someone had let me know that this is part of your culture I
would be like oh no of course that could be an engineer instead of
terminated is another student in the program of Courtney Buitoni focuses on
mechanical engineering and says many students are surprised to see how their
culture has already taught them some of these skills how would a nabo
traditional house would be made or the process of weaving arezzo to see like
okay I have already been doing engineering dr. Shawn Jordan and his
team conduct all of their research at ASU Polytechnic campus at the steam lab
which mam for science technology engineering art and math dr. Shawn
Jordan helps lead the team and their was inspired by Navajo students who invented
science fair projects that blended in elements of their culture and use it to
create engineering design curriculum for Navajo that teaches both engineering
design and Navajo culture however Andersen feels another important aspect
is emphasizing to women that they too could be engineers I didn’t realize I
was experiencing that those feelings of isolation being a female and being a
minority until I was further into my studies in the future the team hopes the
program can be used route all schools and not other nations or in Mesa
Cassidy McDonald Cronkite news dr. Shawn Jordan who helped lead the program was
honored by the white house with the presidential Early Career Award for
scientists and engineers on the first day of classes this year you can say any
use a cappella teams are awesome they’re perfect tich earned two teams at the
school top honors in the International Championship of collegiate a cappella
also known as the ICC a Cronkite news reporter Cassidy McDonald traveled to
Flagstaff to see how the teams are practicing for their advancement to the
Southwest semifinals in March that’s known as the real-life pitch perfect
this year NAU qualified for groups for the International Championship of
collegiate a cappella which is the largest number of groups qualified for
any university in the southwest region its massive it’s like the Olympics of
acapella singing there were 500 college groups that applied over
5000 singers from across the country and the UK and they used accidentals and
Highlanders recently won first and second place in the Southwest
quarterfinal competition in Scottsdale this February and will be moving on to
the semifinals to compete with the top 10 groups in the southwest region we
told ourselves beforehand that you know as long as we’re proud of what we put
out there that’s all that matters and we definitely wear all of the girls love
each other want to be there for each other not only as members of the group
but as sisters we’ve taken a massive leap forward this year so this is our
first time ever making groups credit their originality and group dynamics to
the season successes all of the songs that we sing are arranged by members of
the group same with choreography and have so much variety in our set I make
it a little bit more enjoyable for the audience and some judges and everything
acapella groups here at NAU have noted increased student involvement in the
last few years they think partly due to pop culture movies such as pitch perfect
and TV shows like Glee just you know created a huge amount of excitement he
had over 400 students I want to do audition for the four acapella groups on
campus the NAU acapella groups hope that receiving widespread recognition during
the ica will continue to attract unique new talent in upcoming semesters in
Flagstaff Cassidy McDonald rhonchi news she’s Arizona’s 2016 Teacher of the Year
and she’s not happy with the way the Arizona Legislature is funding public
schools Cronkite news reporter McKenna del Garneau talked with Christine Marsh
to find out why Christine Marsh is looking at papers
from her high school English class but the Arizona Teacher of the Year would
have signed a low grade if she were assessing the state’s education budget
they’re not going to make us better and get us beyond being funded 49th in the
nation let’s at least have a couple of years where they’re not making it worse
Marsh says there’s a teacher shortage in Arizona she teamed up with the coalition
AZ schools now to write a letter to Governor Ducey in January they’re still
waiting for a response the letter was about all of the money that is going to
k-12 education to funnel it into teacher pay the
Coalition is asking to raise teacher salaries from point four to four percent
it says this can be accomplished by combining 95 million dollars of already
identified new funding along with several other revenue sources including
a pause in tax cuts and freezing low income private school tax credits right
behind me is a state capitol where Christine Marsh and Arizona schools now
hand-delivered this letter to Governor Ducey they would be getting back to us
to set up a meeting but we have not heard anything a spokesman for governor
Ducey says he’s in the works of setting up a meeting with current and past
recipients of the Teacher of the Year awards and now he values alternative
insights however the spokesman told me the
governor believes low income tax credits are important too
Marsh is hopeful to get that private meeting but she thinks something as
important as education should be a public debate – in Scottsdale McKenna
Delgado Cronkite news Governor Ducey’s office says he visits several schools a
month to discuss education issues the Arizona Board of Regents met today to
find a new president for the University of Arizona current queue of a president
and Weber Hart will step down at the end of her contract in June of 2018 the
Board of Regents announced two candidates for her replacement
Seth arimin pancha Nathan and Robert Clayton Robbins pancha nathan is the
executive vice president and chief research innovation officer for Arizona
State University’s knowledge enterprise development and Robbins is the president
and chief executive officer of the Texas Medical Center they’ve been a loyal and
cutting edge research involvement in research activities
so we were trying to look for those candidates for the University of Arizona
and the board will interview the two candidates on March 6 and they will tour
the University on the 8th a group of Arizona high schoolers won an
international coding competition sponsored by NASA
Carla Liriano tells us how four teenagers from Peoria got a group of
astronauts to run a code they created you know like I just won an
international tournament with some of the greatest guys in the world
Trevor Gardner is a junior at Centennial High School a member of the Robotics
Club and a computer coding world champion he’s one of the four Centennial
students who took first place at the zero robotics programming competition in
January the team traveled to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and lead out 85 other groups from all over the world
it’s tough quickly and you got to make sure you’re on top of your game they
called their team space linguine to honor the Italian group they formed an
alliance with together they coated robots called spheres synchronized
position hold engage and reorient experimental satellites which ran on the
international space station but the team’s advisor says it wasn’t an easy
win for a minute I think we all thought that we ran out of fuel and maybe we
weren’t going to win we are going to confirm that the champion of this year’s
he robotics tournament is space linguini congratulations
they want a final match with a score of 10 of 10 to one so they didn’t hit me in
the beginning like I bragged about it with the guys for a little while we went
back in for a champion jokes but it wasn’t really till I got home and then I
hit me and I was like oh wait I just kind of want something that’s
international like that’s actually really really cool
besides bragging rights the team got to take home a trophy as well in Peoria
Carla Liriano Cronkite news as the only member of the team who isn’t graduating
this year Trevor hopes to lead Centennial High
School to victory once again his senior year
stripes hats black cats and a whole lot more than that it’s
a day for rhyming and reading as kids across America honor the beloved dr.
Seuss Cronkite news reporter ivory Reiner caught up with Birds snakes and a
head of state for the celebration here in the valley Governor Doug Ducey may be a politician
and a businessman but when it comes to rhyming well he’ll leave that for dr.
Seuss I just read all the places you’ll go there are there’s juicy teamed up
with the Arizona Cardinals and I’m a back story to more than 300 students
across the state for Read Across America day celebrated each year on dr. Seuss’s
birthday dr. Seuss is avianna Garcia’s favorite author because he means
flanging and play and I know like he knows deucey talk to the students about the
importance of an education and even joked about his years at Arizona State
University also participating was retired Phoenix Mercury basketball
player and Hall of Famer and Myers Drysdale she read The Lorax at two title
one school in the valley I think we were out into the school part of these kids
you know they see that people can come back it matter in the community the
Phoenix Mercury donated more than eight hundred books giving every student at
Griffith elementary and Incanto elementary a book of their own and
Phoenix ivory Reiner Cronkite news imagine signing up for a required
college course and being forced to drop it because you can’t access the
coursework this is the reality for blind and visually impaired students at
universities across the country reporter Kaylee Massif tells us how
blind students in Arizona are working to make college easier by changing the way
they access learning materials the Americans with Disabilities Act requires
colleges and universities to provide access to equal and on-time education
for all students but it’s not always clear how to do that the accessible
instructional materials and higher education act is looking to change that
for college students often complain about the price of textbooks but imagine
paying all that money for a book you can’t even access that’s the reality for
many blind and visually impaired Keys like Brian Duarte a computer science PhD
student at Arizona State University his first semester as a doctoral student he
struggled to access the course materials for a theoretical computing class I
ended up having to drop the course because I was contacting the disability
Center they didn’t have a solution the professor didn’t have a solution I
didn’t have a solution there was no solution other than to drop the course
or fail the course tomorrow a was one of a hundred people from the National
Federation of the blind of Arizona who recently lobbied at the State Capitol
their goal to inform congressmen about the aim high act piece of national
legislation that would develop guidelines to help universities provide
accessible materials higher education should be equal and accessible and on
for all college students that is the law but very often colleges and universities
aren’t sure what needs to happen to create that equal and on-time access to
education in order to receive accessible materials from ASU students must
register with the Disability Resource Center to request the materials they
need the DRC then requests the textbooks from the publisher which can take
anywhere from a few weeks to a few months that’s part of the reason why the
Disability Resource Center is here is to ensure accessibility for students in the
classroom so they can access the information just like any other student
I one thing that we continue to work on is is to ensure that that is happening
and that those barriers are being reduced accessible materials can be a
variety of options including a screen reader and things like this Braille
keyboard keyboards like these cost over two thousand dollars students with
disabilities can also face trouble with online programs required for homework
and blackboard system students use to submit assignments and access their
grades even a degree isn’t just doing the coursework when you have a
disability achieving a degree is much more and it it is more time more effort
a lot more frustration the National Federation of the blind of Arizona says
the aim high ACT is universally supported but they want the Arizona
Legislature to learn about the act and to vote in favor when the time comes in
the First Amendment forum kaeleen assets Cronkite news thanks for joining us for
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