The Center for the Future of Arizona is helping to define and shape Arizona’s future through an action-oriented agenda focused on issues and topics critical to the state.
More than a think tank, the center is an independent “do tank” that combines innovative, practical research with collaborative partnerships and initiatives that will create opportunities and quality of life for all Arizonans.
The Arizona We Want 2.0:
The Case for Action
The rapid transformation of Arizona that’s underway requires a fresh, bold restatement of who we are and how we respond to the road ahead.
The report revisits the eight citizen
goals identified by the Gallup Arizona Poll, reports on what's happened over the last three
years and describes the next steps and benchmarks that will help Arizonans pursue a
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The Center for the Future of Arizona Executive Director Sybil Francis appeared on Arizona Horizon on September 19 to update progress on the Move On When Ready initiative. “The model personalizes the education experience allowing them to move at their own pace while simultaneously supporting students in preparing for post-secondary education success,” she said.
Latino Schools Beat the Odds
Beat the Odds Institute began as a research study: What does it take to get great educational achievement in a school with mostly Latino school enrollment?
Based upon principles and methodology from Jim Collins, the business guru who wrote Good To Great and many best sellers, a three-year research study was conducted. The research was put into action and Beat the Odds Institute was founded.
Five years later, principals from 141 school partners throughout Arizona have participated in Beat the Odds utilizing the research on keys to success. Did it make a difference? How are these low-income, minority-intensive schools performing?
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30 Arizona High Schools Implementing Move On When Ready
Thirty Arizona high schools are implementing Move On When Ready, a performance-based education model to prepare students for college and career readiness, during the 2012-2013 school year. The number of participating schools has more than doubled since the initiative was launched in fall 2011. Arizona is the first and only state to have enacted legislation enabling schools to offer a performance-based diploma and, by far, has the greatest number of students and schools participating in the nation. .
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