Behind the Numbers
Message from our President and CEO
Those of us who work in education are bombarded on a daily basis with statistics, percentages, charts, and graphs on achievement gains and losses in classrooms across America. We spend the majority of our problem-solving discussions analyzing trends, measuring proficiency, and examining indicators of success as we look for ways to ensure that every student is prepared to succeed across all levels of his or her academic journey.
We must never forget that each statistic we review represents students who are navigating their way through an education system that may or may not be preparing them adequately for a demanding, globalized economy. We must remember that surrounding those students are individuals who care and are working diligently, often behind the scenes, to bring about change.
That’s why the title and theme of Helios Education Foundation’s 2016 annual report is Behind the Numbers. As we present the work of the Foundation and its partners, it’s important to feature committed students and some of the people behind the education programs who are making a positive impact across the PreK-16 education continuum in Arizona and Florida.
I encourage you to watch the short videos we produced about these individuals, their academic journeys, and their impact through initiatives such as College Knowing and Going, Helios Scholars at TGen, Take Stock in Children, Dual Language Learning, College Success Arizona, and more. We are privileged to work with passionate people and committed students who help make these and other programs a success.