Expect More Arizona

The Movement for World-Class Education in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ   |  http://www.expectmorearizona.org/

Mission

Education is the key to unlocking the potential of individuals and communities—regardless of background, income or zip code. Expect More Arizona brings communities together to create positive change in education at all levels, in order to make certain every student receives an excellent education every step of the way.

Ruling year info

2013

President & CEO

Christine Thompson

Main address

4747 N. 32nd Street, Suite 160

Phoenix, AZ 85018 USA

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EIN

45-3681012

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Statewide Community Engagement

Expect More Arizona is proud to partner with more than 350 schools, businesses, community organizations, and cities and towns to elevate education issues and bring people together around a shared vision and goals that support the success of every student. Our relationships with these partners helps ensure the diverse needs and voices within education are represented in our work. We provide partners with timely, accurate, nonpartisan information on key education issues in a variety of formats, as well as opportunities to take action or get more involved. We also highlight their work and their voice through media stories, guest blogs, and social media. In return, our partners often share this information with their own network, allowing us to reach a much bigger audience. The four members of our Community Engagement team, based in Northern, Central and Southern Arizona, play a critical role in building these relationships by serving as the primary representatives of Expect More Arizona in all corners of Arizona.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

The development of regional partner councils grew out of the awareness that trusted local leaders are best positioned to champion our work, and education in general, at the community level. Our first two councils, the Yuma Education Advocacy Council and Douglas Education Partnership Council, have engaged nearly 40 local leaders, representing business, education, and community organizations. These leaders work in partnership with Expect More Arizona to identify shared priorities aligned to the Education Progress Meter that the local community could advance. In addition to this, we provide councils with administrative and staff support (media relations, content development, social media), presentations and workshops on a range of education topics, and timely education information and resources.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

In early 2016, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona launched the Arizona Education Progress Meter to serve as a nonpartisan, shared source of information about where we stand as a state on eight key education metrics from quality early learning to post-secondary attainment. In August 2017, the groups updated this one-of-a-kind resource with goals for each indicator, to be met by 2030. The goal-setting process was led by content experts and informed by nearly 200 individuals and organizations from across the state. The purpose of the Education Progress Meter is to unite people around a shared vision for where we agree we should be as a state, and allow us to measure progress, celebrate successes and take action together. Expect More Arizona is working with key stakeholders across the state to raise awareness of the policies and funding needed to meet the goals, and to demonstrate that reaching the goals is possible.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Education unlocks the potential of individuals and communities. Investments in students, educators and classrooms have an enormous return for our state. In response to the ongoing and increasing need to address education funding in Arizona, Expect More Arizona convened representatives of more than 80 education, business and community organizations to create a Roadmap for P-20 (preschool through workforce) Education Funding. The Roadmap P-20 Education Funding (Roadmap) represents consensus on the major investments needed for P-20 education by 2030 that, coupled with effective instruction, policy and strategy implementation, will advance the shared goals in the Arizona Education Progress Meter and close persistent achievement gaps. The Roadmap is intended to help policymakers, business, education and community leaders inform and evaluate funding proposals and to focus funding conversations on the entire continuum. Expect More Arizona developed a communications toolkit for the Roadmap, which includes an infographic, talking points, social media posts and more. We are also working to build public will to increase education funding at every level.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Expect More Arizona knows that while we need to build understanding of the challenges facing education, we also need to celebrate the great things happening in schools and communities throughout Arizona. Through the Expect More Excellence Tour, Expect More Arizona has shared over 400 examples of excellence in education from across the state. In particular, we’ve sought out stories of programs and initiatives that are making a real impact on the Arizona Education Progress Meter goals to show that success truly is possible. We share these stories on our website, promote them on social media channels, send them out to our partners and our network via email, and even pitch some stories to media outlets.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Expect More Arizona has a long-term advocacy agenda that outlines the policies we believe are needed to reach the Education Progress Meter goals and ensure the success of every student every step of the way. In addition, Expect More Arizona convenes a public policy committee to set an annual advocacy agenda that outlines specific policies or funding initiatives we expect to be able to support (or oppose) during the current legislative session. As a nonprofit (501c3) organization, we cannot support or endorse candidates, but we can support issues and bills. We are also able to engage our partners and individuals in our network in support of issues or bills. We make it easy for Arizonans to advocate for their child, their school, and all students and teachers. We provide timely legislative updates and use an easy online platform that connects individuals with their elected leaders. We also provide training and resources that help our network become more informed and engaged.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

In Arizona, we have dedicated educators and hard-working students, but they can’t do it alone. Expect More Arizona encourages voters across the state to make education a priority when they vote. Vote 4 Education is Expect More Arizona’s longest running campaign. We’re proud to be a trusted source of factual, nonpartisan information for those who prioritize education issues when they vote. On our Vote 4 Education website, we've created a one-stop shop of online resources to help voters sign up, study up, speak up and show up. These resources include a tool to look up and contact their elected officials and candidates, the state's only complete list of school board candidates and bond and override measures, key questions to ask candidates on education topics, a list of key election dates and deadlines, links to other voter guides and candidate questionnaires, and more. We also launched a social media campaign called “Why I’m Voting” with a goal of encouraging everyone to get out and vote, and hosted a series of webinars to help Arizonans understand how their vote impacts all of education – from the early years through higher education.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

The COVID-19 crisis has greatly impacted us all and drastically changed how education is delivered in Arizona. The related school closures have disrupted the lives of students and families, while also shining a light on the valuable role schools provide beyond traditional education as an ongoing source of meals, healthcare, special education services, social workers, mental health services, and more. Furthermore, there continues to be a great need for increasing educational equity, as the the process of moving Arizona’s students to distance learning has exposed cracks in our education system that already existed and are now becoming exacerbated. During this time of uncertainty, Expect More Arizona remains committed to advancing our mission and ensuring every student in our state receives an excellent education every step of the way, both now and in the future.

OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE:
1. Providing Resources to Parents and Families – To support student learning at home, we compiled comprehensive resources for all education levels, revived our Today campaign to offer simple daily learning activities, and gathered stories and advice from some of Arizona’s most respected teachers, support staff and amazing students.

2. Celebrating Teachers and Graduates – With traditions like teacher appreciation week and commencements looking different due to the pandemic, we led two statewide days of celebration in May: Teacher Appreciation Day and Graduate Recognition Day. We mobilized Arizonans across the state through social media, traditional media (print, TV, radio, billboard, digital ads), and outreach to our 350 partners to show our collective appreciation and support for teachers and graduates.

3. Elevating Teacher, Parent and Student Voices – We believe it is critical to elevate these important voices in statewide media and policy discussions to ensure decision makers position them as trusted partners in the process. In May, we fielded a survey to gather feedback from teachers on the transition to distance learning, which was shared with the State Board of Education to help inform decisions in making plans for the school year. The response to the survey was tremendous with nearly 11,000 district and charter teachers from all regions of the state weighing in.

4. Keeping Arizonans Informed on Education Issues – To highlight the short-term challenges and long-term impact COVID-19 could have on education, we are raising awareness of critical issues with our network of 80,000 via email and social media, and with the broader public through presentations and traditional media. Issues range from schools providing meals for students to addressing the academic slide due to the school closures.

Population(s) Served

Arizona is at an important juncture in its trajectory as a state: the majority of our population will be persons of color by 2030 and our K-12 population is already represented by a majority of students of color. Our economic prosperity, civic health and individual quality of life depend on how well we close our achievement gaps, which have only been exacerbated by the recent COVID-19 related school closures.

As demonstrated in the Education Progress Meter, there are persistent education achievement gaps that disproportionately affect low-income students and students of color. Take third grade reading, for example. The state average shows 46% of third graders are proficient in reading; however White students far outpace the average at 61% proficient, while Latino, Black and Native American students lag far behind at 36%, 35% and 22% proficient, respectively. Arizona’s achievement gaps are now in jeopardy of widening significantly with low-income students and students of color bearing the impact of the pandemic the most, many without support at home or adequate technology for online learning.

Closing our achievement gaps is critical to meeting our state’s shared education goals and will require not just additional resources and support, but systems change from the early years through post-secondary education. Building public will among Arizonans is one of the most important factors to achieving this. Through this program, Expect More Arizona is launching a statewide effort to build the public awareness and support needed to close our achievement gaps by leveraging our statewide presence, strength in convening, communications expertise, and extensive network of partners across the state. Our theory of action rests in the belief that if we elevate the achievement gaps and their root causes (opportunity gaps) as important issues, identify shared priorities, and take collaborative action, we will see the achievement gaps close.

This program aims to build public awareness of Arizona’s education achievement and opportunity gaps, increase coordination among partners to address educational inequities, and foster actions that will effect positive change in closing the achievement gaps. To accomplish these goals, we will:

--Convene an equity steering committee, comprised of representatives from underrepresented and marginalized populations, to help inform our work by sharing ways to elevate the causes, issues and priorities in closing the achievement gaps.
--Host community forums for parents, students and educators in diverse areas across the state to better understand how educational inequities impact students.
--Conduct polling of Arizona voters statewide to create a baseline of where they stand on their understanding of the achievement gaps, followed by focus groups to test messaging for our communications campaign.
--Host virtual events to increase awareness and build support for closing the achievement gaps, particularly among civic/business leaders, legislators, and locally elected officials.
--Create a multi-channel statewide communications campaign to build support for educational equity, developing original content and shared messaging to educate Arizonans on the achievement gaps and their effects on students.
--Support local efforts to raise awareness and take action toward closing achievement gaps by providing partners with communications support, facilitating discussions/sharing expertise on the state’s education indicators, and curating local achievement gap data.

Population(s) Served
Students
Students

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Expect More Arizona

Board of directors
as of 12/08/2020
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Board chair

Tracy Bame

Freeport-McMoRan Foundation

Term: 2019 - 2021

Carla Vargas Jasa

Valley of the Sun United Way

Tracy Bame

Freeport-McMoRan Foundation

Deanna Salazar

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Christy Farley

Northern Arizona University

Jim Rund

Arizona State University

Barbara Ryan Thompson

Helios Education Foundation

Ricardo Valencia

Luna Valencia

Vince Yanez

Helios Education Foundation

Darcy Renfro

Maricopa Community Colleges

Ronald Butler

Ernst & Young

Marilee Dal Pra

First Things First

LuAnn Leonard

Hopi Education Endowment Fund

Glenn Wike

Arizona Community Foundation

Shelley Watson

Southern Arizona Leadership Council

Shelley Mellon

RL Jones Group

Steve Voeller

University of Arizona

Alaina Chabrier

Salt River Project

Scott Vanderpool

Bank of America

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable