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  • Recent AzMERIT Scores Show Incremental, Positive Gains

    September 11, 2017

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    The Arizona Department of Education recently released preliminary state results of the 2017 AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching), the statewide achievement test … Read More

  • Supporting Teachers in Arizona and Florida

    September 5, 2017

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the Cartwright Elementary School District’s annual Back to School event.  Cartwright has a long history in Arizona with its first one-room school opening … Read More

  • Delivering on Our Mission

    August 22, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Helios Education Foundation is focused on ensuring that every student in Arizona and Florida graduates from high school prepared to succeed in college and career.  Our work is driven by our strong- … Read More

  • Dual Language Strategies in the Early Grades

    August 18, 2017

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Our fundamental beliefs in community, equity, investment and partnership drive Helios Education Foundation to ensure that every student, regardless of zip code, receives a high-quality education. As … Read More

  • Examining College Readiness in Arizona

    August 10, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    As Arizona strives to remain competitive in today’s global economy, it’s important for all of us to understand the barriers – at home, in school and in the community – that prevent students from … Read More

  • Our New Tampa Office is Open

    August 9, 2017

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    We are proud to announce that the new Helios Education Foundation Tampa office is open.

    The Foundation is confident that our new office space will create an environment of collaboration and … Read More

  • Latino Student Education and Arizona's Future

    August 2, 2017

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    Author: Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr., President and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

    The pipeline to the future of Arizona’s economic success leads directly through our state’s education system and its fast-growing Latino community.

    Today, nearly 50 percent of the students in … Read More

  • Are Florida Students Ready for the Workforce?

    July 31, 2017

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    As Laurie Meggesin, Executive Director, Florida College Access Network, told us a few weeks ago, “As we progress through the 21st century, our rapidly changing economy will need an increasingly … Read More

  • Legislators Form the Committee on Early Grade Success

    July 25, 2017

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    Author: Helios Education Founation

    Recognizing the invaluable foundation children acquire in preschool and the important role that preschool education plays in kindergarten readiness, Florida legislators created the Committee on Early … Read More

  • Paul J. Luna Announced as Torch of Liberty Honoree by Anti-Defamation League of Arizona

    July 25, 2017

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Arizona announced on July 24, 2017 Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation, as the honoree for the 2017 Torch of Liberty Award. The award … Read More

  • Boosting Postsecondary Attainment Key to Florida’s Future Prosperity

    July 18, 2017

    Author: Laurie Meggesin, Executive Director, Florida College Access Network

    Recently, Florida’s Higher Education Coordinating Council set a new “stretch” goal for our state: for at least 55 percent of working-age Floridians to hold high-quality postsecondary degrees or … Read More

  • Welcoming the Next Generation of Scientists

    July 5, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    On Thursday, June 22, Helios’ Founding Chairman, Vince Roig, joined TGen President and Research Director, Dr. Jeffrey Trent, to welcome the 2017 Helios Scholars at TGen.  More than 45 students will … Read More

  • Achieve60AZ Partners Discuss Arizona’s Attainment Goal On Horizon

    June 30, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Currently, about 42 percent of Arizonans have some form of postsecondary degree or credential.    Research tells us that we must increase that number in order to secure our economic future and ensure … Read More

  • Arizona Rankings in Recent State of Preschool Report Reveal Room for Improvement in Access, Resources, and Quality of State-Funded Pre-Kindergarten Programs

    June 13, 2017

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    According to the State of Preschool Report recently released by the National Institute for Early Education Research, enrollment in state-funded pre-kindergarten programs in the United States rose to … Read More

  • Florida Continues To Lead The Nation In State-Funded Pre-Kindergarten Access To Four-Year Olds

    June 13, 2017

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    According to the State of Preschool Report recently released by the National Institute for Early Education Research, enrollment in state-funded pre-kindergarten programs in the United States rose to … Read More

  • Helios Education Foundation's Tampa Office Is Moving!

    June 6, 2017

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Throughout the Foundation’s engagement in Florida, the challenges of building and reforming education systems have varied, yet we have enjoyed strong partnerships that have influenced the college and … Read More

  • The U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017 Condition of Education Report

    June 2, 2017

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    By June 1 every year, The National Center for Education Statistics submits the Condition of Education report to Congress. Comprised of educational indicators spanning the continuum from early … Read More

  • That's a Wrap on Arizona's Legislative Session

    June 2, 2017

    Author: Janice Palmer, Vice President and Director of Policy, Helios Education Foundation

    The Legislature adjourned sine die on May 10th, 2017 after a 122-day legislative session. The end of session provides a good opportunity to reflect on Helios Education Foundation’s first Arizona … Read More

  • Legislative Reflections

    June 2, 2017

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    As the 2017 Arizona and Florida legislative sessions have come to a close, I am reflecting on the critical role that public policy has in creating an environment of success for students. I am … Read More

  • Achieve60AZ and the Imperative to Increased Educational Attainment

    May 26, 2017

    Author: Christine M. Thompson, Project Manager, Achieve60AZ

    By the time today’s preschoolers complete high school, seven of every 10 jobs will require some type of higher education.  Arizona must act now to increase the post high school education of our … Read More

  • Arizona's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

    May 23, 2017

    Author: Janice Palmer, Vice President and Director of Policy, Helios Education Foundation

    Helios Education Foundation champions establishment of appropriate, equitable, and sustainable funding throughout the Birth-16 continuum. With Arizona just now reaching pre-recession revenue … Read More

  • Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Appointed to the Florida Education Foundation's Board of Directors

    May 18, 2017

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart has appointed Mr. Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of Helios Education Foundation, to the Florida Education Foundation’s … Read More

  • Finding and Keeping Educators in Arizona's Classrooms

    May 11, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Research shows that teachers are the most important variable in the success of students.  Teachers are essential to providing our children with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in … Read More

  • Celebrating Achievements of Hispanic Students in Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL

    May 10, 2017

    Author: Superintendent Barbara Jenkins, Ed.D.

    In this graduation season, the achievements of our Hispanic students deserve mention. The Hispanic graduation rate in Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) at 80.8 percent is higher than the state … Read More

  • Arizona State Board of Education Adopts New A-F School Accountability Plan

    May 3, 2017

    Author: Janice Palmer, Vice President and Director of Policy, Helios Education Foundation

    In 2010, Arizona passed legislation that established the A-F school accountability grading system, which required one-half of a school’s grade to encompass proficiency and the other half student … Read More

  • Teach for America Combines Passion, Purpose

    May 1, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Since its inception in 1989, Teach for America has grown to include 53,000 corps members in 53 regions across the country, including two in Florida.  One chapter is in Central Florida, located in … Read More

  • Florida Legislature Negotiates Education Budget

    April 26, 2017

    Author: Natalie King, Vice President and COO, RSA Consulting

    Through Helios’ Florida Regional Student Success Initiative, the Foundation is working to ensure low-income, minority and first-generation students succeed across the education continuum and achieve … Read More

  • This Missing Piece May Be Arizona’s Key to the Higher Education Access and Attainment Puzzle

    April 19, 2017

    Author: Rich Nickel, President and CEO, College Success Arizona

    Increased postsecondary attainment will shape the future of Arizona.The massive economic and social benefits of increasing postsecondary access and attainment will substantially enhance the state’s … Read More

  • Success in Career and Life Starts in the Early Grades

    April 18, 2017

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals inArizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education. As a result, we strategically partner to ensure more … Read More

  • Partnering for Education Success

    April 14, 2017

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    At Helios Education Foundation, we believe that partnership and collaboration are essential in ensuring that more students have the opportunity to succeed in postsecondary education.  Collaboration … Read More

  • Helping Students Prepare for Postsecondary Success

    April 12, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Currently in Arizona, only 42 percent of Arizonans have a postsecondary degree.  However, we know that by the year 2020, 68 percent of the jobs will require some form of postsecondary degree, license … Read More

  • The Degree He Didn't Know He Earned

    April 5, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    A student attending a Maricopa community college earned a large number of business course credits and intended to transfer to a business school to earn a four-year degree. But the student, Habib, had … Read More

  • Is Florida Ready To Tackle The Jobs Of The Future?

    April 3, 2017

    Author: Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer

    In 1994, the Florida Chamber Foundation released No More Excuses: What Businesses Must Do to Help Improve Florida’s Schools, which showed that assessment, accountability and improving student … Read More

  • SEED School Miami Helps Students Overcome Adversity

    March 28, 2017

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    How do you overcome adversity when you know nothing else? Overcoming adversity is a challenge numerous students face in order to complete a college degree. Often the degrees of adversity are as … Read More

  • Challenge Grant Successful in Incentivizing Growth of Local College Access Networks

    March 23, 2017

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    As research from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce confirms, over 65 percent of Florida’s jobs will require a postsecondary degree by the year 2020. Florida is experiencing … Read More

  • Preparing Students for Postsecondary Opportunities: How Helios Education Foundation is Using Technology in Support of Guidance Counselors

    March 21, 2017

    Author: Dr. Paul Perrault, Vice President and Director of Research and Evaluation and Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    High school guidance counselors have an enormous impact on the lives of students each and every day.  From ensuring that students have the correct courses to graduate, to advising them on college and … Read More

  • Engaging "Opportunity Youth"

    March 20, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Nationwide, about one in seven young adults ages 16-24 are neither working nor are they in school. Often referred to as disconnected youth, these individuals have lost focus and are not on track to … Read More

  • Arizona Legislative Update

    March 14, 2017

    Author: Janice Palmer, Vice President and Director of Policy, Helios Education Foundation

    We’ve past the midway point in Arizona’s 100-day Legislative Session. Committees have completed work for bills in their house of origin and the bills are now making their way to the other chamber for … Read More

  • The Case for Need-Based State Grant Aid

    March 9, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Currently, only 42 percent of Arizonan’s have a postsecondary degree or certificate.  However, according to the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, in just three years, 68 … Read More

  • Supporting Postsecondary Retention and Attainment

    February 16, 2017

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    According to the Community College Research Center (2015), transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions offers “a critical avenue for upward mobility for many underserved students, … Read More

  • Traditional Schools Are Key to Success of Achieve60AZ

    February 6, 2017

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation

    Helios Education Foundation joined over 60 organizations in Arizona in launching Achieve60Az, a community-owned initiative focused on boosting our state’s postsecondary education attainment* rate and … Read More

  • Getting to 60: Why Arizona’s Traditional Schools are Key to Meeting the Postsecondary Demands of Achieve60AZ

    February 6, 2017

    Author: Dr. Paul Perrault, Vice President and Director of Research and Evaluation and Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    Regardless of how we look at Arizona’s college-going data, one thing stands clear.  The only way for our state to meet the long-term goals of Achieve60AZ is to ensure that our traditional public … Read More

  • Success in Career Begins in Classroom

    February 1, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    A student’s journey through formal education often begins with the primary colors and bright smiles associated with kindergarten classrooms. While, at the opposite end of the formal education … Read More

  • Florida Ranking Improves in 2017 Quality Counts Report

    February 1, 2017

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    Education Week recently released its 21st annual Quality Counts report, Under Construction: Building on ESSA’s K-12 Foundation. The annual report features state rankings and grades with this year’s … Read More

  • Arizona Moves up One Spot in 2017 Quality Counts Ranking

    February 1, 2017

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    Education Week recently released its 21st annual Quality Counts report, Under Construction: Building on ESSA’s K-12 Foundation. The annual report features state rankings and grades with this year’s … Read More

  • Arizona Legislative Session Begins

    January 26, 2017

    Author: Janice Palmer, Vice President and Director of Policy, Helios Education Foundation

    With our first-ever Arizona and Florida Public Policy agendas adopted, Helios Education Foundation has begun its active participation in key  policy arenas and is ready for the 2017 Legislative … Read More

  • Arizona Third Graders Are “Reading to the Final Four”

    January 26, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Basketball fever has descended on Arizona.  The 2017 Final Four tournament will be hosted by the NCAA and Arizona State University on March 31 – April 3.  To start the celebration,  Governor Ducey, … Read More

  • Be The One. Be A Mentor.

    January 25, 2017

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    Author: Jillian Hasner, President and CEO, Take Stock In Children

    If someone were to ask me as President and CEO of Take Stock in Children what is it about our program that has had the most impact on our students?  The answer is easy.Our mentors. As a scholarship … Read More

  • College Football National Championship A Success On And Off The Field

    January 11, 2017

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    Tigers, Tide and Tampa Bay…oh my! 

       

    The momentum that engulfed Tampa Bay for both the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide could only be eclipsed by the impact the College Football … Read More

  • Move On When Reading: Implementation of a Third Grade Retention Policy in Arizona

    January 5, 2017

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    At Helios Education Foundation, we believe that the early grades are critical to a child’s future academic success. We believe that strengthening early childhood systems to promote language … Read More

  • Mentoring - A Critical Component for Postsecondary Success

    January 2, 2017

    Author: Karla Robles, Chief Strategy Officer, Be A Leader Foundation

    January is national mentoring month and many of Helios' partners provide critical mentoring services to help students on the path toward college and career readiness.  Be A Leader is one of those … Read More

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