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  • Honoring High Achievers

    December 10, 2015

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Recently, Arizona State University (ASU) and Helios Education Foundation recognized high achieving high school students at a special event hosted by ASU’s Barrett Honors College.  Called Helios High … Read More

  • Bilingualism is Instrumental to Workforce Success

    November 16, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Over the past eight years, Helios Education Foundation has made numerous investments in the area of early learning in both Florida and Arizona. These investments have focused on teacher quality, high … Read More

  • The Benefits of Education Transcend Race and Ethnicity

    November 13, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Every student, regardless of zip code, deserves a high-quality education. 

    The challenges of ensuring a competitive education for Florida students are not new. These challenges and the resulting … Read More

  • Arizona’s Education Standards Equal High Expectations for Students

    November 6, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which expectations from postsecondary institutions and the workforce are more demanding than ever before.  It is imperative that they embrace 21st … Read More

  • Why Strong Relationships are Key to Student Success

    November 5, 2015

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    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    As a board member of America's Promise, I was recently asked to share my thoughts on their new report - Don't Quit on Me, and the importance of strong relationships to college and career readiness.    … Read More

  • Yuma Union High School District Celebrates College-Going Rates

    October 30, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Recently, the Arizona Board of Regents reported on how many 2014 high school graduates enrolled in postsecondary education upon graduation.  Of the 488 schools included in the report, college … Read More

  • Raising the Bar for College Access and Completion in Arizona – and Nationally

    October 28, 2015

    Author: Linda Jensen, Director, Arizona College Access Network

    Anthony is beginning his senior year of high school in a rural community in eastern Arizona. Over the past three years, he worked with his GEAR UP coach and school counselor to plan a rigorous … Read More

  • Read On Arizona – Building Momentum Around Early Childhood Literacy

    October 15, 2015

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    Reading at grade level by the end of third grade is a critical milestone that provides children the pathway for long-term academic success. Research has shown that if a child has not had … Read More

  • The Next 10

    September 28, 2015

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    As our year-long 10th anniversary celebration comes to a close, I am encouraged by the reflection we have taken on the first decade of our Foundation.  We have celebrated our strategic partnerships … Read More

  • Helios Education Foundation and the Rays Baseball Foundation Announce 2015 Scholars

    September 24, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    On Sunday, September 13, the Tampa Bay Rays and Helios Education Foundation recognized 45 students who will receive     financial resources to attend any Florida state college.  In addition, these … Read More

  • Celebrating Bright Spots in Arizona and Florida

    September 24, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics recently recognized 230 programs across the country as Bright Spots for investing in key education priorities affecting the Hispanic … Read More

  • Advancing the Economy Through Attainment

    September 24, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Cultivating a growing economy is a topic of much discussion in Arizona. Policy makers and business leaders alike are recognizing the inextricable link between education and the economy. At Helios, we … Read More

  • Building a Strong Foundation for Students

    September 15, 2015

    Author: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools

    Life is all about connections; to our neighbors, to community services, to our school. As the largest employer in Hillsborough County we must connect our students to their future, through engaged … Read More

  • College Readiness of Arizona High School Juniors

    August 25, 2015

    Author: Dr. Paul Perrault, Director of Research & Evaluation

    The ACT college entrance examination is one of the most important steps that Arizona students can take toward entering postsecondary education.  First, it provides students with individualized … Read More

  • Arizona State Board of Education Approves AzMERIT Performance Levels

    August 17, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Recently, the Arizona State Board of Education (ASBE) unanimously approved performance levels for AzMERIT which is Arizona’s College and Career Readiness Standards assessment. 

    The purpose of the … Read More

  • Arizona Education Segment Features Early Childhood Education

    August 12, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child's development. Ensuring young children have access to quality early … Read More

  • Credit When It’s Due

    August 10, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    How do you increase the degree completion rate of college students?

    You give them Credit When It’s Due.

    The Credit When It’s Due initiative develops reverse transfer programs and policies that … Read More

  • Assessing Kindergarten Readiness in Arizona

    July 22, 2015

    Author: Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President and Program Director, Early Grade Success

    In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child's development. Ensuring young children have access to high quality early … Read More

  • 2015 Diamondbacks – Helios Scholars Recognized

    July 21, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Vince Roig, Helios Education Foundation Founding Chairman and Paul Luna, President and CEO joined eight D-backs Helios Scholarship recipients Sunday, July 19  as they were recognized at Chase Field. … Read More

  • UF Survey Finds Bilingual Instruction Supported By A Majority Of Floridians

    July 19, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    While researchers debate the cognitive advantages of bilingualism, Floridians seem to recognize the practical advantages of speaking more than one language. In fact, 67 percent of Floridians surveyed … Read More

  • Partnering for Postsecondary Education Success

    July 12, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Recognizing the value and strength of partnership, Helios Education Foundation is proud to fund the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, which is an innovative partnership … Read More

  • Momentum Around Early Childhood Education Increases

    July 12, 2015

    Author: Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President and Program Director, Early Grade Success

    In April, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Arizona to discuss the importance of early childhood education in ensuring children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be … Read More

  • Yuma Union High School District Celebrating AP Successes

    July 10, 2015

    Author: Toni Badone, Superintendent, Yuma Union High School District

    What are we celebrating?  The percentage of our students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams who score a 3, 4 or 5 increased from 25 percent in 2006 to 32 percent in 2014.  That is a positive … Read More

  • Arizona Governor Proposes Plan to Increase Investment in K-12 Education

    July 10, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Governor Ducey recently announced a major initiative to increase funding for K-12 education throughout the state. The Governor is proposing a ballot measure which, if approved by voters, would direct … Read More

  • Future Plans Helps Students Succeed After Graduation

    July 10, 2015

    Author: Dr. Michael A. Grego, Superintendent, Pinellas Co

      Last fall, Pinellas County Schools along with the Pinellas Education Foundation and Helios Education Foundation launched Future Plans™. Future Plans is a career guidance program that is a self- … Read More

  • Access to High Quality Early Learning in Florida

    June 22, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child’s development.  Ensuring young children have access to quality early … Read More

  • We Can’t Afford to Let Latino Students Fall Behind

    June 12, 2015

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    Recently, America’s Promise released their annual report, “Building a Grad Nation:  Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic.”  According to the report, the national high … Read More

  • Ready Now Yuma Profiles Graduates Who are "Ready"

    June 4, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Over the past month, Yuma Union High School District (YUHSD) has been profiling some of their graduating seniors.  Each profiled student wrote a short blog post about their experience at YUHSD and … Read More

  • Graduation Celebration

    June 1, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    This time of year is full of promise, anticipation and transition as young adults who were once students become graduates. Whether the transition is from high school to postsecondary education or … Read More

  • Cuts to Higher Education May Hinder Postsecondary Completion

    May 22, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Arizona is spending 47 percent less this year per college student than it did in 2008, which is a larger percentage cut than any other state in the nation.   Florida spending is down by 25 percent.   … Read More

  • Building a Grad Nation

    May 15, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Recently, America’s Promise released their annual report, “Building a Grad Nation:  Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic.”  According to the report, the national high … Read More

  • Expanding College Access to all Students Will Increase Arizona’s Economic Stability

    May 12, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Recently, a Maricopa County Superior judge ruled that undocumented students who have work visas under the federal DeferredAction for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program can pay “in-state  ” tuition at … Read More

  • 2014 Pacesetters Named by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

    May 11, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    The states of Arizona and Florida, along with Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa and Ohio have been recognized as 2014 Pacesetters by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for their efforts … Read More

  • Arizona’s Economic Imperative: Increasing Latino Degree Attainment

    May 1, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Educating every student in Arizona is essential to ensuring our state’s economic prosperity, yet a growing portion of Arizona’s future workforce is falling short of essential degree attainment.  This … Read More

  • Arizona's Challenged Graduation Rates

    March 27, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”  ~ Derek Bok

    While high school graduation rates for the United States have increased annually since academic year 2010-11, the state of Arizona … Read More

  • Message From the President and CEO

    March 27, 2015

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    With Arizona's 2015 legislative session now concluded and Florida's legislative session still underway, I am reminded of the critical role that our legislators play in ensuring our students are … Read More

  • State Budget Cuts Ignore Value of Community Colleges

    March 26, 2015

    Author: Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor, The Maricopa Community Colleges

    Governor Doug Ducey has signed his first budget. We are disappointed that Maricopa Community Colleges will receive exactly $0 from the state this year and going forward. Cuts in state appropriations  … Read More

  • High-Quality Education for Florida Students

    March 18, 2015

    Author: Pam Stewart, Commissioner, Florida Department of Education

    Each day I arrive at the Florida Department of Education with one overarching goal in mind, to ensure all Florida students  receive a high-quality education that will equip them with the knowledge … Read More

  • AZ Earn to Learn - Investing in College Success

    March 10, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Did you know that by 2018, 61 percent of Arizona’s jobs will require some form of postsecondary training?  Yet, currently in Arizona, only 36 percent of working-age adults have completed at least a … Read More

  • School Readiness – A Neighborhood Priority

    March 9, 2015

    Author: Rebecca Lindgren, Marketing Communications Director, Helios Education Foundation

    On Wednesday mornings, young children and their parents walk through the door of Make Way for Books (MWFB)  in Tucson, Arizona, in great anticipation of who they will meet that day.  On the day I … Read More

  • VIEWPOINTS: Bridging the Latino Achievement Gap

    March 8, 2015

    Author: Paul J. Luna and Tommy Espinoza

    Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation Tommy Espinoza, President and CEO, Raza Development FundNote:  This article originally ran in the Arizona Republic on March 8, 2015. … Read More

  • Arizona Education: Charter Schools

    February 23, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Arizona is one of the national leaders in charter schools, which were established here more than 20 years ago. Click below to hear a discusssion on the charter schools movement in Arizona including … Read More

  • How Young Children Learn

    February 23, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child’s development. Ensuring young children have access to quality early … Read More

  • Quality Counts: Arizona and Florida State Highlights

    January 14, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Recently, Education Week released their annual Quality Counts report which grades each state in the nation on their overall education performance.  This year’s report provides overall letter grades … Read More

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