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  • MCESA Receives National Award for Performance-Based Compensation Program

    NACO Award The National Association of Counties (NACo) granted MCESA a 2014 Achievement Award for “Rewarding Excellence in Instruction and Leadership (REIL)." REIL is a transformational performance-based management program led by MCESA in collaboration with five Maricopa County school districts, in an effort to strengthen the educator workforce resulting in improved student academic progress for 27,145 students, attending thirty-three schools in high-need districts. By rewarding excellence, as well as addressing ineffective teaching and leading, REIL has begun to institutionalize the conditions that ensure students graduate college-and-career ready, which will be critical as Arizona strives to shift to a knowledge-based economy. More
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  • MCESA Receives National Award for Assessment Development

    NACO Award The National Association of Counties (NACo) granted MCESA a 2014 Achievement Award for “Assessment Development”. MCESA, in collaboration with approximately 45 school districts, and with funds from federal Teacher Incentive Fund grants, developed assessments for 18 different non-state-tested subject areas to support the collection of valid and reliable assessment data to measure student academic progress and teacher effectiveness. MCESA assessment development process is an effective example of our mission at work. More
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  • MCESA is Collecting Backpacks and School Supplies for Students and Teachers 

    One way to ensure all Maricopa County students are ready for a successful school year is to equip them with basic school supplies. MCESA has teamed up with the Maricopa County Home and Garden Show to collect donations of backpacks and school supplies at this year's show. Donate a backpack at the show and receive two free tickets. Or donate any three of the following items and receive one free ticket to the Home Show: 4-pack of glue sticks; Pack of ballpoint pens (12/box); Box of no. 2 pencils (12/box); Box of colored pencils (12/box); Box of water-based markers (8/box); Box of crayons (16/box); 4-pack of dry erase markers; Single subject spiral-bound notebook; Package of loose-leaf notebook paper; Pocket folders; or Scotch tape. Bring your donated items to MCESA’s table at Gate 2 to receive your ticket, and proceed directly to the entrance.
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  • The Maricopa County Teen Leadership Experience

    The MCLE program is a unique no-charge, self-directed, self-paced experience designed to introduce youth to careers in County government with activities, workshops, and volunteer opportunities. Departments from across the County have opened up their doors and invited youth to come in and experience what they do to serve our community. MCLE begins June 2. Download more information.
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  • Disconnected Youth Summit

    On May 7, 2014 MCESA will be conducting the first-ever Disconnected Youth Summit. Disconnected youth are young adults, ages 16-24, that are currently not in school or not employed. In the Phoenix metropolitan area 20% of youth are considered disconnected. This is the highest percentage in the country and is cause for alarm as well as action. Learn more about this issue and join forces with committed organizations, industry leader, and engaged community members to take on this issue and ensure all of our youth are meaningfully engaged. More
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  • Math 20/20: A New Lens for Teaching and Learning

    Learn about how MCESA and the Rodel Foundation are partnering to provide school districts with an incredible solution to effective Math Standard implementation. More
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  • Participate in the Arizona Internet School Speed Test

    As we enter the era of online assessments, it is imperative that policy makers understand how much bandwidth is currently available to our classrooms. In order to do this quickly and easily, Arizona has partnered with Education Super Highway to complete "speed tests". This data will support network planning, demonstrate the need for increased funding, and support your district's readiness for online assessments. To participate, complete the quick and easy speed test at http://partners.schoolspeedtest.org/arizona.html.
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  • Report Validates That Arizona Teachers Are Passionate and Committed

    Scholastic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently published a report titled America's Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change. The report validates that although 99% of Arizona teachers believe that teaching is more than just a profession, multiple factors create challenges for realizing our professions full potential. Download MCESA's Infographic summarizing this report. View full report.
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  • 2014 Assessed Valuations

    Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) has received the Tax Year 2014 Assessed Valuations (School Year 2015) from the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office. You can locate your school district information on the MCESA website using the provided link: Assessed Valuations. (Salt River Project will provide MCESA their Assessed Values after board approval scheduled for early March.) As we begin the tax rate setting, please remember to use the EMCTeam@mcesa.maricopa.gov so we may provide prompt attention to your needs.

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  • Arizona Aims Higher

    MCESA is supporting the efforts of Expect More Arizona to join thousands of educators and families across the state in supporting higher expectations for all children, so they are prepared for life after high school. Sign up to be a part of the movement for a world-class education in Arizona that supports higher standards and an aligned assessment.
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  • Assessments for Non Tested Subjects 

    Since January 2012, MCESA has been developing assessments for the non-tested subjects and grades to measure student achievement growth as a measure of educator effectiveness and support compliance with ARS 15-203. Currently, assessments for visual arts, music, PE, theater, and dance courses at the high school and elementary level are already in use this school year. The matched pre- and post-assessments are available for order, and hard copies are delivered though a secure FTP site. We are pleased to announce new Membership and Purchase Plans for assessments for grades 6-8 social studies courses and high school US history, world history, government, and economics courses. More
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  • MCESA Education Celebration

    The Education Celebration Summit was held on December 5, 2013 and recognized the courageous work being done by the REIL and REIL-TNG school district leaders and teachers. View the resources presented at the summit here. 
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  • MCESA's REIL and REIL-TNG Programs Mentioned in National Publications

    The REIL and REIL-TNG Programs have been receiving national attention for their innovative practices and positive results. Read the articles and publications on the REIL Website. More
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  • December Homeschool Newsletter

    The December Homeschool Newsletter is now online. View the current and past newsletters here. More
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  • Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board Vacancy

    Pursuant to A.R.S. § 15-1441 (E), the County School Superintendent makes appointments to the MCCCD Governing Board in the case of vacancy. Currently, a vacancy exists in District 5. The procedures and processes for appointment are now available. More
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  • STEM Professional Mentors

    MCESA is forming an alliance of private sector STEM Professional Mentors to provide financial and or technical support for school STEM programming. STEM Professional Mentors are community, business, and industry members that have expertise in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, and who are committed to exposing more students to careers in these areas. More
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  • APS Brings Energy Education To The Valley

    MCESA is excited to partner with APS in order to spread the word about the brand new Palo Verde Energy Education Center located in the West Valley. APS has created a "one-of-a-kind facility that will allow school groups to learn more about energy and nuclear power." Teachers and students will be able to participate in hands-on learning experiences that provide them both information about energy production and consumption, as well as experiences that will help students see how they might one day work in the energy field. Educators are invited to attend the grand opening of the Energy Education Center on December 2, 2013. More
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  • MCESA’s Engineering STEM Identities Program mobilizes the Collective Impact Model to increase STEM instruction in Arizona.

    On Friday November 8, 2013, Maricopa Education Service Agency (MCESA) was notified by the United States Department of Education that it is one of the Highest-Rated Applications for Investing in Innovation (I3) 2013 Competition. The I3 competition is a highly competitive grant program that funded only four percent of its 618 applicants. MCESA’s proposal, titled Engineering STEM Identities, was scored in the top five of all applications in its category and will be awarded 3 million dollars over the course of three years. Press Release
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  • Re-Connecting Youth by Engaging the Community

    According to a recent study, metropolitan Phoenix has the highest rate of disconnected youth in the country. Youth that are not involved in school or work are much more likely to become involved in the juvenile and adult justice systems. The Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to reverse this trend by reconnecting youth to their families and their communities, and by providing training and support to build the case management and evidence-based practice capacity of youth-serving agencies throughout Maricopa County. Dottie Wodraska, Director of Juvenile Transitions for MCESA states, "This award demonstrates the effectiveness of collaborative efforts to leverage resources to ensure the highest quality of services for those youth and families entrusted to our collective care.” Press Release
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  • Community Mapping Software 

    MCESA has partnered with the Maricopa County Office of Enterprise Technology to create a dynamic and powerful online community mapping tool. This tool, built on the popular Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, empowers users to search for community resources such as counseling, medical providers, mentoring services, shelters, recreational facilities, and schools within a specific geographic location. This is an invaluable free resource for educators, service providers, and juvenile justice system workers. More
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  • November Homeschool Newsletter

    November 1, 2013 
     
    The November Homeschool Newsletter is now online. Read More
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  • Bond and Override Election Results 

    November 8, 3013
     
    Election results for the November 5 school district bond and override elections are in! 27 out of the 37 questions taken to voters were answered yes. School districts such as Mesa, Fountain Hills, and Agua Fria Union passed their bonds and budget overrides while districts such as Scottsdale, Buckeye Union, and Balsz did not. A full report of all votes for all districts can be found on the County Recorder's website.
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  • MCESA's Reading for the Stars Program Receives the National Association of Counties 2013 Achievement Award

     
    The National Association of Counties (NACO) recognized MCESA for the Reading for the Stars program. Reading for the Stars provides targeted reading intervention and mentoring to students living in areas of the county with historically high juvenile justice involvement.
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  • MCESA Collects Backpacks for Students in Need

     
    MCESA has teamed up with the Maricopa County Home and Garden Show to collect donations this July 19th, 20th, and 21st at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. More 
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  • MCESA to Provide Common Core Training to Wickenburg Unified

     
    The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors June 19th voted unanimously to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the Wickenburg Unified School District to provide teachers and school leaders in the school district with professional development to implement Arizona’s Common Core Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. More
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  • MCESA Receives International Award

     
    Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) in collaboration with the Maricopa County Office of Enterprise Technology (OET) have been named a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate for innovative uses of educational technology. More
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