Blog Posts

  • 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

  • Education is the Foundation of our Economic Future

    December 20, 2016

    Author: Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation

    This article originally ran on The Renewal Project Blog.  

    Helios Education Foundation was formed in 2004 with the sole mission of creating opportunities for every individual in Arizona and Florida … Read More

  • Arizona’s Path to Prosperity: Next Steps after Prop. 123

    December 1, 2016

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

    We know that the long-term prosperity of Arizona and its residents depends on a quality education system that effectively prepares its students with the critical thinking and life skills for success … Read More

  • Make Better Informed Career Decisions with Future Plans

    December 1, 2016

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    Author: Dr. Paul Perrault and Michelle Boehm

    High school guidance counseling has become more challenging than ever.  With growing numbers of students and multifaceted jobs, high school guidance counselors have become overstretched with less … Read More

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