ON THE RECORD Katy Anthes, Colorado’s new education commissioner, speaks in her first interview with Chalkbeat about the urban-rural divide, turnaround schools and the teacher shortage. Chalkbeat Colorado

YEAR IN REVIEW Denver’s breakneck growth is remaking the face of not just Denver but the metro area and beyond — and in the process, profoundly changing the region’s public schools. Chalkbeat Colorado

An urgency to improve teaching and attract more people to the profession grew this year as schools and districts had trouble finding teachers for some jobs and debates continued about pay and diversity. Chalkbeat Colorado

Schools increasingly are emphasizing social and emotional learning alongside traditional academics. Chalkbeat Colorado

SEEING AN OPENING Do conservative education reformers have a “window of opportunity” in 2017? Colorado Independent

ELECTION 2016 School districts in the Pikes Peak region take stock of the results of education financing ballot measures — including a damaging loss in Colorado Springs District 11. Gazette

CHANGING OF THE GUARD? As Chalkbeat previously reported, Jeffco Public Schools may soon be in the market for a new superintendent. Lakewood Sentinel

GREAT DIVIDE How extreme academic segregation isolates students in New York City’s high schools. Chalkbeat New York

SCHOOL RATINGS Recapping the results of state school ratings for districts in Colorado’s Four Corners region. Cortez Journal 

OPINION A policy analyst for the Independence Institute writes that seniority should not trump performance when teachers are laid off. Greeley Tribune