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🎙️We joined School Connect to discuss how parents can navigate this digital world and balance tech use at home.

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One of our favorite aspects of the AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year program is seeing how these incredible educators go on to make an impact far and wide. Recently, Kareem Neal and Jason Catanese represented at the School Connect Summit. This weekend, Nancy O'Halloran Quinlan, Cheesman, and Vargas led sessions at the Space Exploration Educators Conference at Johnson Space Center.
When local schools have the support and investment of local community members, we can reach every child. Great to see Sharon Welch Living Streams Church and Alhambra Elementary School District Superintendent Dr. Maes and Alhambra team
at School Connect .

Today, school, business and organization leaders gathered for the School Connect Summit 2022 at Grand Canyon University. Among the panelists was Peoria Elementary School student Israail Muhammad, who shared the student perspective on discovering innovating solutions together. Israail did an amazing job speaking and representing the district. So proud of Israail!
See how School Connect brings community & faith groups together with businesses to help in local -
Thank you School Connect for featuring 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year Kareem Neal in this week's podcast episode "Learning Differently." To listen, click the link below.
Thank you to School Connect for helping nine of our elementary schools engage with members in our community today! It was a wonderful event filled with great ideas to collaborate and connect for our students.
CAFE IN QCUSD 🤝: The Community and Family Engagement event (CAFE) was held at the district office today! Members from the community, including QCUSD parents, community leaders, and principals, came together to discuss how the district can help build strong relationships with the community. Thank you to everyone who came to our CAFE event! School Connect
Take your program to the next level with effective partnerships. Join School Connect at the School's Out, Make It Count conference for their workshop on navigating collaboration to grow your program.
The Arizona Department of Education has worked tirelessly to address key issues exacerbating the digital divide, including connectivity and access to devices. Our partnerships with local advocates like Arizona Rural Schools Association and School Connectare critical to this work! ⬇
Today’s story is from School Connect who helped ensure that students continued to receive instruction during COVID.
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"School Connect researches and develops the best practices to build a supportive, collaborative community around schools."

Avondale ESD has been a proud partner and has seen the benefits of creating support outside of our immediate school contacts through School Connect

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Empowering schools to building a bridge between the school and local partners We call ourselves School Connect.

A small group banded together to “blow wind into the sails” of this life-changing movement to love schools. We are passionate about our next generation flourishing in our city and we believe that the faith community is an important partner in this process. We believe collaboration is critical to that flourishing and we want to help networking relationships happen.

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Photos from School Connect's post 05/25/2022

On Saturday June 4, 2022, The Ravenscroft and a handful of FABULOUS musicians are hosting 2 concerts to benefit
Kitchen on the Street! Every ticket purchased provides 62 meals for food-insecure kids in AZ. Support this amazing organization that provides meals to support students.Invite your friends and buy your tickets today at


As the school year comes to an end, we want to say Congratulations to graduates of all sizes! Well done.

Photos from Litchfield Elementary School District's post 05/24/2022

Want to smile? Try connecting schools with non profit groups that want to give big to our local schools. We smile big everytime we connect your school with a partner, service group or local faith based organization. We love giving to schools. Do you have donation to give like the ? Contact us at [email protected]


ECEC Transition Ceremony 2022

Good Morning to all who are finishing up the school year. Here is a bit of encouragement from the preschoolers in Salt River Schools. It's a perfect way to say goodbye to the school year.


School Connect is ready to plan a full re-launch of our “Love Our Schools” service day this fall, where hundreds of schools around the state of Arizona will be served on a Saturday in October.

We are looking for the right person to lead the charge with our School Connect team to make this happen!

This part-time, contract role will involve networking, event planning and communications from August 1-October 29.

If your interested in exploring this opportunity, please send us a message at:

[email protected]


What memories will your students be left with?

Andrea Worth Wins the School Connect Founder's Heart Award 2022 05/14/2022

Andrea Worth Wins the School Connect Founder's Heart Award 2022

As a School Connect Regional Champion, Andrea Worth has the deep respect and love of every educator and community partner with whom she works! Her passion, sacrifice, and generosity have brought hundreds of volunteers, expertise, and support to thousands of students, teachers, and families!

Andrea's team at CalvaryPHX is committed to building an army of support around every school in their area so that every single child and every single family has the resources, network, and support they need to thrive.
We could not be more proud to award Andrea Worth and CalvaryPHX with the Founder's Heart Award.

Andrea Worth Wins the School Connect Founder's Heart Award 2022 Andrea Worth's heart radiates for schools and her passion to support children and their families has led Calvary PHX to understand just how much schools are ...

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School Connect is pleased to honor Tyler K. Lowe and Vulcan Materials with the Bridge Builders Award. For the last 5 years,
Vulcan Materials has proven to be a consistent and thoughtful partner for the Laveen Elementary School District! They began their relationship by sponsoring Chief Science Officers at each Laveen school and providing STEM mini-grants and hot spots to students in need.
As their partnership grew, Tyler realized that his employees could help students understand what real-world STEM professionals do! As a result, Vulcan Materials now provides mentoring to Chief Science Officers and is inspiring their business across the country to build powerful partnerships with local schools.

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School Connect is proud to honor Debbie Kovesdy and GenTech with the Community Impact Award. GenTech is a local company that had its origins in the technology classrooms of Debbie Kovesdy.
Debbie saw the opportunity to train and empower students to not only understand and apply technology but to help their peers and teachers learn as well. As a result, high school and college students provide a full-service tech repair counter and coding, robotics, and computer science camps for kids as well.
GenTech's employees are stakeholders in the company learning marketing, contracts, profit/loss analysis, and how to build and sustain the business. We are thrilled to award Chief Executive Officer, Debbie Kovesdy and her GenTech team with this acknowledgment of their significant impact on students and the community!

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As a City of Phoenix Neighborhood Specialist, Krista Roy is committed to partnering with residents to preserve, enhance, and engage Phoenix neighborhoods and one of the key institutions in every neighborhood is their local school.
In the Sunnyslope neighborhood, Krista has worked tirelessly with Washington Elementary Schools and Maryvale High School to build collaborative relationships with the Hatcher Urban Business Coalition, faith communities, and nonprofits that are transforming the lives of students and their families. From helping residents start neighborhood associations, clean up days for the school and neighborhood, making sure the homeless population has access to services, and creating safe spaces for students to walk to school,
Krista has shown herself to be a trusted leader in her community. School Connect is proud to recognize Krista Roy with the Civic Impact Award!

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School Connect is proud to honor Pastor Curt McReynolds and Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) with the Hope Builders Award! Curt's wife is a teacher at Pickett Elementary and his children attend Queen Creek schools, so it was important to Curt that their local schools knew they were a top priority for CCV!
This began a monthly opportunity for the church to love on their local schools. From meals and gift cards for teachers to coffee trucks, education awards, or even Chromebooks, Curt Reynolds and CCV have found constant ways to show up and say, "We are in this together!" Principal Sherry Towns of Faith Mather Sossaman Elementary School describes Curt and his team as caring, thoughtful, generous, and invested in the school and the community.
Principal Towns says that in the 10 years that she has been in Queen Creek, this is the best partnership she has ever experienced!

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School Connect is proud to honor Dr. Jennifer Johnson and Grand Canyon University (GCU) with the National Spotlight Award. Grand Canyon University is dedicated to helping college students discover their purpose.
Whether this discovery happens through academic study, entrepreneurial opportunity or giving back to the community, GCU's mission is to help their students discover how they can make a difference. Dr. Jennifer Johnson is a true mentor, continually connecting and supporting other leaders from elementary age all the way to Superintendent!
The Academic Alliance Division of GCU works directly with superintendents, principals, and teachers of K-12 schools to invest in the leaders who invest in kids! In the GCU Learning Lounge, college students provide free academic tutoring to K-12 students who may also qualify for scholarships to the university! Through the passionate efforts of Dr. Tacy Ashby, Dr. Jennifer Johnson, and the entire Educational Alliances team, K-12 educators in Arizona and around the country are making a difference in the lives of our students!

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School Connect is honored to present the Community Spotlight Award to Kristi Tate and Madison Rock from the Center for the Future of Arizona!
The Center for the Future of Arizona brings the people of Arizona together to create a stronger and brighter future for our state. By listening to what matters to Arizonan's, they bring critical issues to public attention and work with communities and leaders to solve public problems.
One of their education initiatives helps students participate in the democratic process in their schools through a program called School Participatory Budgeting (SPB). Through this program, students learn democracy by doing. They join steering committees on their campus, develop project proposals for their school, and vote to fund improvement projects that build stronger school communities.
Because of leaders like Kristi Tate and Madison Rock, students throughout Arizona are discovering the power of participating in democracy in their school communities! Congratulations to the Center for the Future of Arizona!

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Hurry, there is still time to apply for qualified high school students.

GCU is about to kick off its summer STEM Internship for qualified HS students in the valley. 🔬 Research & Development Labs Grand Canyon University

Photos from Washington Elementary School District's post 05/13/2022

Making connections for schools is what we aim for. We love being a part of the village for Washington Elementary School District. Thank you to all the incredible partners and educators who made this possible.

Timeline photos 05/12/2022

Teacher appreciation is never over.

Timeline photos 05/11/2022

You may have heard the term 'The Great Resignation.' There's a sea change in the way people are viewing their work life and how it coexists with their personal life.

On today's episode, we talk about specific difficulties that teachers and students are facing in the aftermath of remote learning and the present stressors from COVID, political pressure and the never-before-seen expectations that are bearing down educators.

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Photos from Phoenix Union High School District's post 05/10/2022

We are proud to send out Congratulations to our School Summit Emcee, Kareem Neal, 2019 Arizona Educational Foundation Arizona Teacher of the Year® and 2022 National Teachers Hall of Fame NTHF inductee! We are thankful for Kareem and his incredible work with students. May we all be inspired by his determination and resourcefulness.

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