Dear education advocate,
We have an exciting announcement about the next chapter of our collective work. As the result of a year of thoughtful consideration among community stakeholders and funders, and with Arizona’s students foremost on our minds, the boards of Achieve60AZ, College Success Arizona and Expect More Arizona have recently voted to pool resources and teams to become one organization, effective February 1.
This alignment will provide greater clarity and cohesion, will result in an even stronger voice for Arizona’s students and educators, and will provide a more robust platform to advance the goals outlined in the Arizona Education Progress Meter. We are united behind a desire to elevate conversations and action around issues of educational equity and the impact of opportunity gaps on student outcomes. The expanded organization will continue working statewide to advance education outcomes for children and adults across the education continuum, from the early years through college and career.
The next phase for the expanded organization includes an extensive listening tour to hear from diverse voices across Arizona about what is needed for their communities to reach the Education Progress Meter goals, including the attainment goal. The listening tour will help inform everything from the visual brand and naming of the enhanced organization to the strategic direction.
An immediate change is the departure of Christine Thompson as president and CEO of Expect More Arizona. She began serving in that role in October 2017 and we are grateful for her leadership and her unrelenting commitment to Arizona’s students and educators. Rich Nickel, the president and CEO of College Success Arizona since 2012, will lead the enhanced organization.
The critical work of Expect More Arizona will continue within the enhanced organization, in communities across the state and with Expect More Arizona’s many amazing partners. We look forward to continuing efforts to inform and engage individuals around the state to accelerate meaningful change in education at every level.
Expect More Arizona