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Do you use current events in Arizona classrooms?

Cronkite News wants to understand how journalism can work for Arizona teachers. We’re exploring how to deliver and present stories in a way that teachers and students can use inside and outside of the classroom.

Arizona school principals, superintendents mentor colleagues to handle stress, conflict

School administrators handle a mountain of stress and conflict as they fulfill their passion as educators. Four times a year, Arizona principals and superintendents meet for training to learn how to manage that stress.

Journey to learn Mandarin Chinese from kindergarten to 8th grade gives global education

DEER VALLEY – Eighth-grade students at Gavilan Peak School in the northwest Valley have been immersed in Mandarin Chinese class since they were in kindergarten, even taking math and science classes in the complex language.

Qin Li teaching

Officials urge transportation workers to report suspicious behavior after New York terrorism attack

TOLLESON – Officials with the Arizona Trucking Association said they have been urging their members to keep their eyes open for suspicious activity on the road.

ATA sign

Arizona forestry department sends 150 firefighters to California to battle wildfires

DEER VALLEY – Arizona firefighters are helping to battle northern California wildfires that have burned more than 222,000 acres, killed more than 30 people and left hundreds missing, state officials said.

Fire Station 5, Santa Rosa, California

Diaper Bank organizes diaper drive for Texas, Florida hurricane victims

TEMPE – The volunteers stood in the shade of a bank parking lot, carrying water bottles, waiting for people to send relief to hurricane victims in Florida and Texas.

Diaper donations

Schools’ chief Diane Douglas remains lukewarm about AzMERIT test

PHOENIX – Diane Douglas, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, discussed her lukewarm attitude toward the AzMERIT test and seemed puzzled when asked about Proposition 305, a ballot measure asking voters to stop the expansion of school vouchers in Arizona. Recent AzMERIT results showed a slight improvement over the previous year.

Diane Douglas

AzMERIT scores show modest gains, decreases in Phoenix school district

PHOENIX —  AzMERIT test results for the 2016-2017 school year show students still struggle to pass the standardized tests, with Phoenix Union High School District showing success in some areas but decreases in others, district officials said.