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2017 Forum Final Report

Please click on the link above to access the Final Report for the 2017 Forum, Strengthening PreK-12 Education in the Verde Valley Region. 

Please share a copy with your friends, colleagues, family members and anyone else you believe appropriate.  Obviously, the more we communicate the findings, goals and actions plans for strengthening preK-12 education in our region, the more successful we will be.

Also, if you completed an I WILL… card at the conclusion of the Forum, the commitment you made to take action is shown in the last section of the report.  If you have not already taken that/those action(s), please do so as soon as possible. Continuing and sustaining forward momentum is critical to our ultimate success in reaching our collective goals.

You may also click on another link above to access the Summary of the August 16 Future Leaders’ Forum for your review and information in case you did not pick up a printed copy during our September 8-9 event.

Thank you again for your participation and contribution to the 2017 Verde Valley Forum.

Comments from our local District Superintendents

 “The best thing going on in education today is recognition that learning cannot be done in isolation, and that children have many needs that have gone unaddressed and which can impede learning. I think we are seeing a shift away from a strictly standards based, data driven approach to education, and a return to recognizing it is the whole child we serve.”  Steve King, President, Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs and Superintendent, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District

 “Our region is represented by strong community schools with hard working and talented staffs. The collaborative efforts of the superintendents demonstrate the need of ongoing partnerships.” David Lykins, Superintendent, Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District

I think education in the Verde Valley and Arizona is currently in a transitional stage, transitioning from an assessment-based accountability system to a student-centered/whole student approach. We are becoming more focused on teaching our students how to learn, how to cope, how to treat others, and how to become productive and successful adults. We are more focused on identifying our students’ talents, interests, and aptitudes so that we can prepare them for post-graduation learning. Not just preparation for a four year college. It could be an associate’s degree, technical school, four-year degree, the military, or world of work.” Dr. Penny Hargrove, Superintendent, Mingus Union High School District

The Verde Valley’s school districts do a phenomenal job with the little money they get. From gifted to special needs and all in between, teachers work diligently.” Karin Ward, superintendent, Beaver Creek School District

 I think we have a very talented pool of educators in the area from our classified folks to teachers to building and district-level administrators. Most of the districts are considered small, rural districts. One of the challenges for us is to ensure our voices are heard in the state legislature. What may work for big districts in the Valley doesn’t always work in rural Arizona. What I have experienced in my short tenure here is great communication and collaboration between folks in the various districts in the Verde Valley.Danny Brown, Superintendent, Clarkdale-Jerome School District

Our 2017 Verde Valley Forum entitled Strengthening PreK-12 Education in the Verde Valley Region was held on September 8th -9th at the Beaver Creek School in Rimrock, AZ.  Below is the topical agenda followed at this year's Forum.

8:30 AM TOPIC 1

The Current State of PreK-12 Education in the Verde Valley Region

9:15 AM Group Findings and Conclusions

9:30 AM TOPIC 2

Strengthening PreK-12 Educational Outcomes in the Verde Valley Region

10:15 AM Group Findings and Conclusions

10:30 AM Morning Break and Refreshments*

10:45 AM TOPIC 3

Increasing Stakeholder Interest, Engagement, and Collaborative Relationships to Strengthen PreK-12 Education in the Verde Valley Region

11:30 AM Group Findings and Conclusions

12 PM School Cafeteria Lunch*

Presentation: Yes, We Can Afford the Education Our Children Deserve

Dick Foreman, President and CEO, Arizona Business & Education Coalition

1:30 PM TOPIC 4

Improving the Amount and Methods of Funding PreK-12 Schools in the State of Arizona

2:15 PM Group Findings and Conclusions

2:30 PM Set Prioritized Goals for Strengthening PreK-12 Education in the Verde Valley Region

3:15 Goals Announced

3:30 PM Afternoon Break and Refreshments*

3:45 PM Develop Action Plans to Implement Prioritized Goals. Identify Responsible Parties for Moving Action Forward.

4:30 PM Action Plans and Action Leaders Announced

5:00 PM Final Conclusions and Forum Adjourns

*Special thanks to Patricia Garitson,  Food Service Manager at Beaver Creek School

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