Education Nation Shines Spotlight on Arizona Education through Solutions-Focused Dialogue
Author: Vince Roig & Paul J. Luna
NBC News is poised to shine a national spotlight on the challenges and successes of Arizona’s education system with the roll out of the Education Nation “On-the-Road” Tour in Phoenix May 2 through 10.
As the lead sponsor of Education Nation - Phoenix, Helios Education Foundation is excited to engage top education leaders, teachers, students, parents, state and local policymakers and others in a solutions-focused dialogue about how to better prepare every Arizona student for college and career success in the face of a demanding global economy.
Our students are not just competing against their local peers; they are competing against global classmates for the jobs of the future, jobs that mostly require a postsecondary education, such as a college degree or certificate.
Education Nation - Phoenix will elevate key issues affecting the academic preparedness of our students and highlight what’s working in our education system today. Effective strategies are emerging through unique and energized collaboration among policymakers, educators, community-based organizations, philanthropy and the business community.
Helios believes statewide collaborations like Move on When Ready, Read On Arizona, Science Foundation Arizona’s STEM Network, the Arizona Public Engagement Task Force, Expect More Arizona and many others are a testament to our state’s resolve to improve academic outcomes for students from pre-kindergarten through postsecondary.
Education has the power to transform lives and strengthen communities, but it will take the collective will of our statewide community to prepare students for the demands of the 21st Century.
We encourage you to get engaged in the conversation at helios.org/EdNationAZ where you can watch a live stream of the Education Nation Summit and teacher and student town halls. Be sure to add your own voice to the dialogue through social media.
It’s time we all take our place in harnessing solutions to one of the biggest challenges of our time: ensuring the highest-quality education for every Arizona student.
Vince Roig is the Founding Chairman of Helios Education Foundation.
Paul J. Luna is the President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation.