Verde Valley Forum

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The 2017 Forum has concluded.



Click here to read a copy of this year's Final Report

Click here to access of copy of the Summary of this year's Future Leader's Forum

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.

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 participating  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

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