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  • Student Perspective: First-Generation UCF Student Daniela Garcia

    November 25, 2019

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    Author: Daniela Garcia, University of Central Florida Student

    November 25, 2019

    The post below was a speech given by first-generation University of Central Florida student, Daniela Garcia, at the IGNITE Fundraising Campaign Closing Celebration. 

    Ignite Closing Celebration … Read More

  • President's Message

    November 22, 2019

    Author: Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation

    November 22, 2019

    Earlier this month, the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Essentially,  DACA provides more than 700,000 … Read More

  • Expect More Arizona Celebrates 10 Years of Supporting Education as a Top Priority

    November 18, 2019

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    November 18, 2019

    Just over ten years ago, Expect More Arizona was born.  The goal was to create a movement that would change the culture and make Arizona an education state in which all students have the chance to … Read More

  • Reenrollment Increases Attributed to Strategic Incentive

    October 24, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    October 24, 2019

    Research shows that a vast majority of students who enroll in a community college do not complete their degree within a six-year period. Each semester, students drop out or “stop out” of college for … Read More

  • Paul Luna Honored as Education Leader of the Year

    October 11, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    October 11, 2019

    Recently, Helios Education Foundation’s President and CEO, Paul J. Luna, was honored as one of Arizona Capitol Times’ Education Leaders of the Year. He was recognized for his work on behalf of … Read More

  • Increasing FAFSA Completion in Arizona

    October 10, 2019

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    October 10, 2019

    Currently in Arizona, less than half of high school seniors fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  However, according to the National College Access Center, high school … Read More

  • President's Message

    October 4, 2019

    Author: Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation

    October 4, 2019

    Recently, I had the opportunity to serve on a panel at the National College Access Network Conference in Indianapolis.  It was a great conference and I was impressed with the focus and commitment of … Read More

  • The State of Census 2020: Moving On From the Citizenship Question Battle

    September 30, 2019

    Author: Arturo Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, NALEO Educational Fund

    September 30, 2019

    On July 11, President Donald Trump acquiesced to the June 27 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that effectively prevented the Administration from including a  citizenship question on the 2020 Census … Read More

  • Education Week’s Quality Counts 2019 Report Ranks Florida 4th in the Nation

    September 19, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    September 19, 2019

    Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran celebrated the impactful work of Florida’s educators this week, which ranked the state 4th in the nation for K-12 student advancement … Read More

  • Dual Language Learning Contributes to Early Literacy Development

    September 17, 2019

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    September 17, 2019

    Nearly five years ago, Helios embarked on a project to help some of our youngest students increase their language and literacy skills through a robust two-way immersion (English-Spanish/Spanish- … Read More

  • Collective Impact Framework Advances Degree Completion in Florida

    August 22, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    August 22, 2019

    Addressing Florida’s workforce readiness gap, local college access networks (LCANs), with guidance and leadership from the Florida College Access Network (FCAN), are increasing the number of … Read More

  • A Message to College Students as the Year Begins

    July 30, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    July 30, 2019

    For first-generation college students, navigating a new school environment can be daunting. Succeeding academically once they enroll, and completing a degree are often hindered by the circumstances … Read More

  • Message from the President

    July 30, 2019

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    July 30, 2019

    As a foundation focused on the success of students in Arizona and Florida, we are celebrating some positive gains in both states toward our mission of greater educational opportunities for students.   … Read More

  • Great Cities Need Great Universities 

    July 25, 2019

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    Author: Michael Preston, Ed.D., Executive Director, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities

    July 25, 2019

    Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, Florida are great cities to live in, raise a family, start a business, and receive a world-class education. But these cities did not become great on their own. The success … Read More

  • Education Honor is Music to his Ears

    July 24, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    July 24, 2019

    Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham, Band Director at C. Leon King High School in Hillsborough County, was named the 2020 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year.  

    “Congratulations to Dr. … Read More

  • Florida Department of Education Releases District and School Grades

    July 15, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    July 15, 2019

    Release of the 2018-2019 Florida School Accountability Report by the Florida Department of Education prompted praise for Florida’s educators and students by Governor Ron DeSantis and Education … Read More

  • The U.S. Department of Education Releases 2019 Condition of Education Report

    June 17, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    June 17, 2019

    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

  • The Education Commission of the States Day at the Arizona State Capitol

    June 12, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    June 12, 2019

    The Governor’s Office of Education, in partnership with Achieve60AZ and Helios Education Foundation, recently hosted the Education Commission of the States Day at the Arizona State Capitol.  It was … Read More

  • Partnering with Helios Education Foundation

    May 24, 2019

    Author: President Judy Genshaft, University of South Florida

    May 24, 2019

    The University of South Florida, a Preeminent research university, was founded in 1956 with a bold mission and a weighty responsibility. Optimistic and ambitious, early leaders of USF envisioned a … Read More

  • A Conversation with Superintendent Kathy Hoffman

    May 24, 2019

    May 24, 2019

    Kathy Hoffman was elected Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction in November, 2018 and took office last January.  We recently asked her to share her perspective on education in Arizona.

    What … Read More

  • University South Florida Mentor-Graduate Luncheon

    May 21, 2019

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    May 21, 2019

    True to the motto “We must lift as we climb” graduates of the University of South Florida’s (USF)  Latino Scholars program honored mentors and supporters, including Helios Education Foundation, at … Read More

  • Inaugural Cohort of Ready Now Yuma Scholars Selected

    May 9, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    May 9, 2019

    In 2012, Helios Education Foundation partnered with Yuma Union High School District and an initiative called Ready Now Yuma was born. This initiative provided all students in the district with access … Read More

  • New Report from America’s Promise Highlights Efforts in Tucson, Arizona

    April 16, 2019

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    April 16, 2019

    Today, America’s Promise Alliance’s Center for Promise released a new report, More Than a Village:  Perspectives on Re-engagement in Tucson, which highlights the critical role that positive and … Read More

  • Using National Student Clearinghouse Data for Student Success

    April 12, 2019

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    Author: Michelle Boehm, Analytics and Evaluation Director

    April 12, 2019

    What is the National Student Clearinghouse?  

    The National Student Clearinghouse is a nonprofit national high education data collaborative whose mission is to serve the education community through … Read More

  • Arizona Kids Count Report Shows Improvement, Work Still Needs to be Done

    April 10, 2019

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    Author: Michelle Boehm, Analytics and Evaluation Director

    April 10, 2019

    The Children’s Action Alliance recently released its Arizona Kids Count Databook, comparing benchmarks of child well-being and demographic trends from 2009 to 2016. Across this seven year timeframe, … Read More

  • 30,000 Arizona High School Juniors Taking ACT Today

    April 2, 2019

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    Author: Michelle Boehm, Analytics and Evaluation Director

    April 2, 2019

    On Tuesday, April 2nd, approximately 30,000 juniors from 18 school districts across Arizona will sit to take the ACT exam as part of Helios’ College Knowing & Going initiative. 

    Beginning in 2009, … Read More

  • A Focus on SEL

    March 27, 2019

    Author: Joy Prescott, 2019 Florida Teacher of the Year

    March 27, 2019

    When I began my teaching career, the focus in my classroom was centered on academics. My teaching style was very teacher directed. I believed that in order for my students to be successful I needed … Read More

  • Achieve60AZ is Arizona's Greatest Opportunity

    March 22, 2019

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    March 22, 2019

    Recently, Achieve60AZ released its first State of Attainment report.  The report provides an overview of where we stand as a state in regards to our postsecondary attainment and outlines what we … Read More

  • Take Part in the FAFSA Challenge: Deadline March 31

    March 22, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    March 22, 2019

    One of the most intimidating aspects of completing a postsecondary degree is financial. 

    Too often students with high potential but low means shy away from pursuing a degree based on the assumption … Read More

  • President's Message

    March 20, 2019

    Author: Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation

    March 20, 2019

    In just a little over six months, Helios Education Foundation will move to our new permanent location near 32nd street and Camelback in Phoenix.  This move culminates years of dreaming and planning … Read More

  • Promoting Degree Attainment Among Former Foster Youth

    March 4, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    March 4, 2019

    Helios Education Foundation's mission is to enrich the lives of individuals in both Arizona and Florida by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. Ensuring students not only … Read More

  • Measuring Our Progress

    February 22, 2019

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    February 22, 2019

    Did you know that only 37 percent of third grade students in Phoenix charter and traditional schools combined are proficient in reading while 62 percent of Gilbert’s third graders are proficient?  … Read More

  • A College Journey Built on Mentorship

    January 25, 2019

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    January 25, 2019

    January is National Mentoring Month, a nationwide campaign to honor the life-long impact committed mentors have on students and promote mentoring nationwide.  

    Helios Education Foundation is proud … Read More

  • College and Career Readiness in Arizona

    January 23, 2019

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    Author: Michelle Boehm, Analytics and Evaluation Director

    January 23, 2019

    As part of Helios Education Foundation’s College Knowing & Going initiative and the College Readiness Pilot program conducted by the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, over 44,000 … Read More

  • President's Message

    January 22, 2019

    Author: Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation

    January 22, 2019

    As 2019 is off to a strong start, I am looking forward to new opportunities to engage in the community and create partnerships that will strengthen education in both Arizona and Florida.  In Arizona, … Read More

  • Mentorship Matters. Give, Receive, and Give Again

    January 4, 2019

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    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    January 4, 2019

    Although the holiday season has ended and we have turned the page on another year, our opportunity to give goes on. 

    January is National Mentoring Month, a time on the calendar to honor the life- … Read More

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