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Dear Frank,

The mission of LAUNCH Flagstaff is to advance a culture of world-class education for every child in Flagstaff from cradle through career.

Our success is rooted in knowing the meaning of “world-class education”.  After much thought and continuing discussion, the partners have agreed on this definition, for now:  

Every student prepared for every opportunity.

More specifically,

World-class education:

  • Is student centered and student led
  • Engages students with content relevant to their passion
  • Is performance based with multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery over time
  • Recognizes and honors educators as highly skilled professionals

World-class education promotes:

  • Critical thinking
  • Self-advocacy and expression
  • Social-emotional skill development
  • Collaborative problem solving
  • Diversity
  • Global perspectives
At its core, world-class education is student focused and student led. It produces collaborative problem solving, critical thinking – skills that employers in our community are demanding.

However, this system of world-class education is in conflict with our current methods of school accountability.

This is because state standardized tests measure individualized performance, not collaborative problem solving.  Likewise, state A through F type school accountability structures fail to recognize and reward educators as highly skilled professionals. 

Achieving a system of world-class education will require a systemic change in how we as a community and as a state view the role of the educational system. This is the type of cultural change that the partners of LAUNCH Flagstaff seek.

With your help we are making a difference.  We need your voice, your experience, your skills, your influence in our collective impact work.  

Stay engaged, share these emails with a friend, visit our website, join us in one of our collaborative action networks.  There are many places for you to engage.

We also need financial support to sustain our work.  Please consider making a financial investment in LAUNCH Flagstaff today.*
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With gratitude,

Paul Kulpinski,
Partnership Director

*Donations to LAUNCH Flagstaff are managed through United Way of Northern Arizona.
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1515 East Cedar Avenue, Suite D-1    Flagstaff, Arizona 86004    928.773.9813

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