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January 2023

Center for the Future of Arizona: The Arizona We Want
  Welcome to the January 2023 edition of our newsletter! This month’s issue features our open positions at CFA, an upcoming Morning Scoop event, our new Workforce Leadership Academy for Southern Arizona, and more!  

Arizona Progress Meters Update: Education
  In partnership with Education Forward Arizona, CFA recently released new data for six of the eight indicators in the Arizona Education Progress Meter, our state’s widely accepted framework for measuring and reporting on the educational outcomes of Arizona’s education system. The latest data show a mix of improved, declined, and sustained outcomes across the updated indicators since the previous data release and confirm that efforts to ensure excellence and equitable outcomes across the education system must continue and expand.
The latest update shows proficiency tests are slightly improved for Third-Grade Reading but remain flat for Eighth-Grade Math. The Arizona High School Graduation rate is declined somewhat, and Post-Secondary Attainment is slightly improved.
Explore Arizona Education Progress Meter Updates

Join the Arizona Personalized Learning Network
  New Opportunity for School Leaders: Get Support with Implementing Student-Centered Learning
The deadline to apply for our newest Arizona Personalized Learning Network pathway for school leadership teams, “Launch,” is fast approaching. The two-year program, designed to help all schools set students up for 21st-Century success, offers participants expert support and technical assistance to initiate or accelerate a personalized, competency-based approach to learning at their schools. Educators interested in creating sustainable transformation, improving academic achievement, and fostering meaningful learning experiences are encouraged to apply for the program by Jan. 31.
Learn More & Apply

Arizona Progress Meters Update: Education
  2023 Professional Fellowship for Southern Arizona Workforce Development Leaders Now Accepting Applications
We’re excited to share that CFA is offering the Workforce Leadership Academy once again, now for Southern Arizona. CFA was one of only six organizations in eight cities chosen by the Aspen Institute from across the country to deliver an Academy in 2023 in partnership with Pima Community College.
This application-based 10-month fellowship program is designed to support leaders in workforce development committed to advancing the local workforce system. The workforce development system is a set of organizations and activities that prepares people for employment, helps workers advance in their careers, and seeks to build a skilled workforce to support employers and their local economy. Strengthening workforce development contributes to creating a stronger and brighter future for Arizona.
The Southern Arizona Academy begins in March, and applications are due on Feb. 24.
Learn More & Apply
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In the Community
  Representing Arizona at National Convening Hosted by Texas2036
Texas 2036 Earlier this month, CFA brought a delegation to represent Arizona at a national convening of organizations and leaders interested in advancing nonpartisan, data-driven dialogue, decision-making, and solution-building, hosted by Texas 2036. CFA President & CEO Dr. Sybil Francis presented CFA’s work and insight from the last 20 years, and the whole group engaged in rich discussion and knowledge-sharing with leaders in higher education, research, business, advocacy, philanthropy, and state government from nine different states. We are honored to be part of discussions that advance our mission of bringing people together to build a stronger and brighter future for Arizona!
  Arizona Council of Human Service Providers Learn About The Arizona We Want
Arizona Council of Human Service Providers CFA Executive VP Dr. Amanda Burke joined the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers’ membership meeting to share about The Arizona We Want with leaders who serve and advocate for Arizonans daily. She shared findings from CFA’s survey research on what matters most to Arizonans and our collective priorities for the future to help inform thinking and approaches to their important work.

In the News

Upcoming Events
  Arizona Capitol Times Morning Scoop Hosted by Save Democracy AZ: PEOPLE OVER PARTIES
Wednesday, Feb. 28 • 7:30AM • In-Person or Livestream
CFA President & CEO Dr. Sybil Francis will be on the speaker panel for Arizona Capitol Times’ first in-person Morning Scoop since the pandemic, and we invite you to attend! Dr. Francis will join Save Democracy AZ’s Steve Goldstein and acclaimed author and founder of The Institute for Political Innovation, Katherine M. Gehl. The discussion will cover a wide range of issues and potential solutions to close gaps that exist between the political systems Arizonans have and what Arizonans want.
Register Today

We're Hiring!
  Are you passionate about making a difference in Arizona? Do you know people who are? CFA is growing, and we are looking for talented individuals who want to help create a stronger and brighter future for our state. Our open positions include:
  • Manager, Marketing & Communications
    Application Deadline: Jan. 30, 2023, at 3:00 PM MST

  • Digital Communications Specialist
    Application Deadline: Jan. 30, 2023, at 3:00 PM MST

  • Director, Fiscal & Business Operations
    Application Deadline: Feb. 6, 2023, at 3:00 PM MST
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