Verde Valley Leadership hosts day of discussion on youth, education

Superintendent Steve King shares history, current events and future vision for the Cottonwood Oak Creek School District. (Photo courtesy of Verde Valley Leadership)

Superintendent Steve King shares history, current events and future vision for the Cottonwood Oak Creek School District. (Photo courtesy of Verde Valley Leadership)

On Friday, Dec. 15, speakers and panelists from various organizations joined Verde Valley Leadership for a full day of talks and a discussion panel on Youth and Education.

Representatives from Mountain View Preparatory School (an International Baccalaureate school), Running River School (a Waldorf school in Sedona) and Cottonwood Oak Creek Schools detailed their programs, histories and how they’re approaching a variety of challenges including a fascinating talk about the rapidly increasing incidence of autism, how it impacts families and schools, and successful treatment.

The afternoon held a discussion panel with a Board-Certified Behaviorist and representatives from Cottonwood Middle School, Yavapai-Apache Nation’s Johnson O’Malley Tutoring Program and Yavapai Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

What emerged as a common thread throughout the day was a resilient youth support community, successfully responding to a wide range of challenges, not the least of which is diminishing funds for education.

Many of the guests stayed for the entire day and joined the group for lunch.

For their participation, VVL would like to thank: Cindy Eaton, Program Manager, Yavapai-Apache Nation; Johnson O’Malley Tutoring Program; Marley Morningstar Hazelwood-Juan, Tutor, Yavapai-Apache Nation; J.O.M. Tutoring Program; Stephanie Jones, Principal, Mountain View Preparatory School; Steve King, Superintendent, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District; Sarah Pauli – Founding Board Member, Running River School; Mark Schumacher, Principal, Cottonwood Middle School; Rebecca Simmons-Thompson, Behavioral Consultant for Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District; Michael Smith, Director, Yavapai Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Angie Lee, Founding Board Member, Running River School; Rebecca Watson, Board Certified Behaviorist.

The “Issue Day” was structured and organized by students as part of their curriculum.

Verde Valley is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization with a vision of “Inspiring individuals to Action.”

VVL has enhanced and developed professional skills in community minded individuals since 2006.

For further information, please visit www.vvleadership.org or e-mail info@vvleadership.org.

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