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  • Helios Education Foundation and Arizona Governor’s Office Working to Increase K-3 Literacy 

    August 16, 2018

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    August 16, 2018

    Recently, Arizona’s education goals and strong education partnerships were featured at the Education Commission of the States, 2018 National Forum on Education Policy.  Janice Palmer, Helios’ Vice … Read More

  • Helios Scholar at TGen Alumni Comes Full Circle

    August 15, 2018

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    August 15, 2018

    The Helios Scholars at TGen program provides 45 undergraduate and graduate students, including some in medical school, a paid internship that aims to prepare the next generation of Arizona bioscience … Read More

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Rates in Arizona and Florida

    August 7, 2018

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    August 7, 2018

    According to the National College Access Network, seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are 63 percent more likely to enroll in postsecondary education than … Read More

  • Prioritizing Latino Student Success in Arizona and Florida

    July 31, 2018

    Author: Callie Kozlak, Field Campaign Manager for Education Policy, UnidosUS

    July 31, 2018

    In July 2018, UnidosUS hosted its Annual Conference in Washington, DC, also marking its 50th Anniversary. UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza) is the nation’s largest Latino civil … Read More

  • USF Finds Preeminence in Serving Students

    July 31, 2018

    Author: Dr. Judy Genshaft, President of the University of South Florida

    July 31, 2018

    Across the national higher education landscape, there has never been more emphasis placed on metrics-based ranking systems. Administrators, faculty, students and parents are looking more and more to … Read More

  • USF Latino Scholars Program Encourages Some to Lift While Others Climb

    July 30, 2018

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    July 30, 2018

    The University of South Florida (USF) Latino Scholarship Program will begin its 27th year this upcoming 2018-2019 academic year. The program’s motto We Must Lift as We Climb captures the essence of … Read More

  • Helios Scholars at TGen Learn Teamwork, Technique, and Tenacity

    July 27, 2018

    Author: Steve Yozwiak, Senior Science Writer, TGen

    July 27, 2018

    Keilen Eidalith Costilla-Martinez learned this summer that she is not afraid to fail in the face of a seemingly insurmountable challenge, taking on a highly aggressive and usually fatal disease — … Read More

  • President's Message

    July 27, 2018

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    July 27, 2018

    When Helios Education Foundation was formed in 2004, our Board of Directors, under the leadership of our Founding Chairman, Vince Roig, made a strategic decision that impacts our work every day.  … Read More

  • Ready Now Yuma Highlighted in Recently Released Documentary

    July 22, 2018

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    July 22, 2018

    With the increasing demands on the 21st-century workforce, all students should graduate from high school prepared for college and career success. However, improving the skills students need is a … Read More

  • Ensuring Latino Student Success Through Strategic Policy Engagement

    June 26, 2018

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    Author: Janice Palmer, Vice President and Director of Policy

    June 26, 2018

    One of Helios Education Foundation’s key beliefs is that education changes lives and strengthens communities. That’s why we seek to increase the number of young adults – especially students in … Read More

  • New Education Trust Report Highlights Need for Continued Focus on Latino Student Success

    June 14, 2018

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    June 14, 2018

    Today, The Education Trust released its most recent report titled, “The State of Higher Education Equity.”  The report provides state-by-state snapshots of the state of college degree attainment for … Read More

  • The U.S. Department of Education Releases 2018 "Condition of Education" Report

    June 5, 2018

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research & Evaluation Analyst

    June 5, 2018

    By June 1 every year, The National Center for Education Statistics submits the Condition of Education report to Congress. Comprised of educational indicators spanning the continuum from early … Read More

  • MOU Signed to Conduct Research Supporting Central Florida Students

    May 30, 2018

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    May 30, 2018

    Helios Education Foundation joined partners Orange County Public Schools, the School District of Osceola County, Valencia College, and University of Central Florida to sign a memorandum of … Read More

  • College Readiness is a Critical Factor in Student's Postsecondary Persistence

    May 29, 2018

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    May 29, 2018

    Over the last several years, there has been significant conversation at both state and national levels about the importance of postsecondary degree attainment to individual quality of life as well as … Read More

  • Every Student Deserves a High Quality Education

    May 29, 2018

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    May 29, 2018

    Arizona’s State Board of Education has been working for several years to revise our school accountability system.  Accountability is critical to ensure that schools are meeting the needs of Arizona … Read More

  • President's Message

    May 28, 2018

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    May 28, 2018

    In my role as President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation, I have the honor and privilege of spending time at education-related community meetings in both Arizona and Florida.  It is always … Read More

  • Everyone Can Be Part of First Things First

    May 25, 2018

    Author: Marilee Dal Pra, CEO, First Things First

    May 25, 2018

    by Marilee Dal Pra, Chief Executive Officer, First Things First

    As the new CEO at First Things First (FTF), I am honored to lead such a dynamic and effective organization. It’s especially rewarding … Read More

  • Excelencia in Education

    May 16, 2018

    Author: by Sarita E. Brown, President

    May 16, 2018

    Some believe a focus on race and ethnicity divides us as a society. Excelencia in Education, a national, nonprofit organization, believes acknowledging racial and ethnic trends describe our society … Read More

  • NALEO Arizona Statewide Summit on the State of Latino Education

    May 3, 2018

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    May 3, 2018

    Recently, more than 55 Arizona policymakers participated in the NALEO Arizona Statewide Summit on the State of Latino Education.  The Summit is part of the NALEO Arizona Leadership Academy, which … Read More

  • National College Signing Day Profile: Paul J. Luna

    May 1, 2018

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    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    May 1, 2018

    National College Signing Day is today and Helios Education Foundation is excited to share stories of success. 

    By: Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation President and CEO

    Helios Education … Read More

  • National College Signing Day Profile: Kaye-Drew Gayle

    April 24, 2018

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    Author: Kaye-Drew Gayle

    April 24, 2018

    As we approach National College Signing Day, Helios Education Foundation is excited to share stories of success as conveyed by college students who are experiencing the transformational power of … Read More

  • National College Signing Day Profile: Angela Ponce

    April 20, 2018

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    Author: Angela Ponce

    April 20, 2018

    As we approach National College Signing Day, Helios Education Foundation is excited to share stories of success as conveyed by college students who are experiencing the transformational power of … Read More

  • National College Signing Day Profile: Leslie Bautista

    April 17, 2018

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    Author: Leslie Bautista

    April 17, 2018

    As we approach National College Signing Day, Helios Education Foundation is excited to share stories of success as conveyed by college freshmen who are experiencing the transformational power of … Read More

  • Florida Students Show Gains in Reading and Math Proficiency Rates on 2017 NAEP Test

    April 12, 2018

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    April 12, 2018

    After a delay due to a transition from paper-and-pencil to digital testing, highly anticipated 2017 NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores were released on Tuesday. Overall, … Read More

  • Arizona Student Test Scores Remain Stagnant in National Assessment

    April 11, 2018

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    April 11, 2018

    After a delay due to a transition from paper-and-pencil to digital testing, highly anticipated 2017 NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores were released on Tuesday. With the … Read More

  • National College Signing Day Profile: Angela Melchor

    April 10, 2018

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    Author: Angela Melchor

    April 10, 2018

    As we approach National College Signing Day, Helios Education Foundation is excited to share stories of success as conveyed by college freshmen who are experiencing the transformational power of … Read More

  • A Legacy of Leadership Sets the Stage for Future Growth

    April 6, 2018

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    April 6, 2018

    The University of Central Florida (UCF), with Fall 2017 enrollment exceeding 66,000 students, is Florida’s largest public state university. Upon his retirement in June 2018, President John Hitt would … Read More

  • The Economic Effects of High School Non-Completion and Disconnected Youth

    April 5, 2018

    Author: WestEd

    April 5, 2018

    The Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable has released its new Education Dashboards report, which profiles the estimated lifetime economic losses that result from high school non-completion and youth … Read More

  • Florida Statement on School Safety

    March 20, 2018

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    Author: Vince Roig, Founding Chairman, & Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    March 20, 2018

    While the tragedy that unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 was incomprehensible, it was also a tipping point. 

    The tragic loss of 17 lives marked a threshold moment for … Read More

  • Arizona Statement on School Safety

    March 16, 2018

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    Author: Vince Roig, Founding Chairman, & Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    March 16, 2018

    As a foundation focused on education and student success in Arizona and Florida, we have been deeply moved by the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Our … Read More

  • Yuma Union High School District Board Appoints New Superintendent

    March 16, 2018

    Author: Helios Education Foundatino

    March 16, 2018

    Congratulations to Gina Thompson, Yuma Union High School District’s (YUHSD) new superintendent.  Ms. Thompson was selected by the District’s board to be the new leader after the retirement of Toni … Read More

  • Statement Regarding Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Tragedy

    February 15, 2018

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    February 15, 2018

    On behalf of the Board and Staff of Helios Education Foundation, we want to extend our deepest condolences to the residents of Parkland, Florida and the staff and students of Marjory Stoneman … Read More

  • Building Public and Political Will

    January 31, 2018

    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    January 31, 2018

    Helios Education Foundation believes that education changes lives and strengthens communities.  As a result, we strategically partner and invest our knowledge, expertise, and resources to create … Read More

  • Arizona Focuses on Postsecondary Attainment Goal

    January 12, 2018

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst

    January 12, 2018

    By the time today’s preschoolers complete high school, seven out of every 10 jobs will require some form of postsecondary education.  Increasing the number of Arizonans who have a postsecondary … Read More

  • Partnering for Postsecondary Success

    January 12, 2018

    Author: Marlene Spalten, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

    January 12, 2018

    When we formed a local college access network in Tampa Bay three years ago, we knew instinctively that our goal of increasing the number of working age adults with college degrees or high quality … Read More

  • Florida Education Foundations Encouraged to Apply for Hurricane Maria Relief Funds

    January 11, 2018

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    January 11, 2018

    The influx of students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to school districts across Florida as a result of Hurricane Maria led Helios Education Foundation to partner with the Florida … Read More

  • Arizona Legislative Session Begins

    January 9, 2018

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    Author: Janice Palmer, Vice President and Director of Policy, Helios Education Foundation

    January 9, 2018

    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey opened the 53rd Legislature, Second Regular Session by giving his State of the State Address yesterday that, for K-12 education, focused on the improvement of our public … Read More

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