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September 7, 2017
Elliott Asp has done it all (pretty much) in Colorado education. Here’s his take on where we stand.
Former interim Colorado education commissioner weighs in on local control, the new federal education law and recent PARCC test results.
August 24, 2017
Colorado students with disabilities continue to struggle on PARCC tests
Students with learning disabilities have historically underperformed compared to their peers without such challenges. That gap on state tests has grown since 2015.
August 23, 2017
Most Colorado school districts have updated their anti-bullying policies for LGBT students. Here’s why some have not.
According to a report released Wednesday by One Colorado, 82 percent of school districts statewide have revised their anti-bullying policies over the past six years.
August 22, 2017
Rise & Shine: Colorado students witness the solar eclipse
SEIZING THE MOMENT Gubernatorial candidate Michael Johnston sent his son Emmett back to school yesterday, releasing a video message in which he called for increased public…
Out of this World
August 21, 2017
Named for a renowned astronaut, this Colorado school took a break from classes to watch the solar eclipse
Scott Carpenter Middle School, named for the famous Colorado-born astronaut, provided glasses so all students and staff could view the total solar eclipse.
TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SCHOOL DAY
August 15, 2017
Colorado schools make plans to view — and teach — the solar eclipse
Schools throughout Colorado are setting aside time for students to view the eclipse, which is expected to reach 92.3 percent totality over Denver.
August 14, 2017
Rise & Shine: State lawmaker proposes lowering voting age for school board elections
CHARLOTTESVILLE LESSONS Here’s how the education world is reacting to racist violence in Charlottesville — and to Trump’s muted response. Chalkbeat…
August 10, 2017
One Jeffco program is taking on a big problem: Many low-income students accepted to college never attend
This mentorship program hopes to address a problem that often flies under the radar: 40 percent of low-income students who have been accepted to college don’t show up.
August 9, 2017
Rise & Shine: State allows school staff to dispense over-the-counter medicine
FIRST PERSON A black male Denver Public Schools teacher shares his experience being often the only teacher of both his race and gender identity in schools…
August 4, 2017
A high-poverty Jeffco school is about to adopt a “community school” model. What does that mean?
The Jeffco school will be a hub for community organizations to provide services such as English language classes, job training and medical care.
August 1, 2017
Colorado’s online schools might see funding upswing in coming year
The State Board of Education voted to change how Title I money is allocated for students enrolled in multi-district online schools outside their district of residence.
July 31, 2017
Rise & Shine: Educators chime in on ending Colorado’s teacher shortage
HELP WANTED Child care providers across the state have a hard time finding qualified staff. One Denver center is trying to remedy this problem. Chalkbeat THE…
the whole child
July 28, 2017
Denver named recipient of national grant to boost social and emotional learning
Denver Public Schools and the Denver Afterschool Alliance will participate in a four-year grant program to develop strategies for social and emotional learning.
(Very) early education
July 24, 2017
Helping expectant and new mothers can lead to health and education gains for children, new paper says
The paper finds that Nurse-Family Partnership programs improve cognitive skills for babies of both genders by age 6, and social and emotional skills for girls.
Mixing it up
July 24, 2017
How Colorado could see more “blended learning,” combining online courses and traditional teaching
The goal, in part, is to increase equity — providing guidance so students in rural districts and districts lacking resources can get more exposure to blended learning.
July 24, 2017
Rise & Shine: Rural, small school districts receive state help with teacher, school staff shortages
EXTRA SLEEP The Cherry Creek and Greeley-Evans school districts are expected to adopt later high school start times this fall — but for very different reasons. …
July 21, 2017
Rise & Shine: Administrators remove young adult novel from library shelves at Colorado Springs middle school
PROMOTING CHOICE U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Denver on Thursday to address the American Legislative Exchange Council, an influential conservative group that helps shape…
I saw the sign(s)
July 19, 2017
Demonstrators display frustration with DeVos at Denver protest
Hundreds marched from the Capitol to a Denver hotel to protest Betsy DeVos' expected visit to the city tomorrow, many carrying signs critical of the Trump appointee.
July 14, 2017
Why a Colorado researcher believes preschool students should learn — and play — with math
Doug Clements, executive director of DU’s Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, says early math instruction is a gateway to later academic success.
getting to know you
July 10, 2017
New Jeffco superintendent has more questions than answers in tour of district
Jason Glass, Jeffco's new superintendent, visited eight sites throughout the district to gather community feedback as he starts his new position.
July 7, 2017
Closure of Clayton Early Learning center in far northeast Denver exposes pain points in early childhood care
Last week's announcement that a highly regarded Denver child care provider is closing one site stems from the chronic underfunding of early childhood programs, experts say.
July 5, 2017
Rise & Shine: New school safety law, passed in wake of Claire Davis murder, takes full effect
NEW LIFE The former home of Gilpin Montessori, a northeast Denver elementary school that closed this year due to poor performance, will become a temporary…
June 29, 2017
Families scramble as highly regarded Clayton Early Learning closes center, limits program eligibility
Clayton Early Learning will close its far northeast center and cease to provide programming for tuition-paying families and families receiving a state childcare subsidy.
'Each One Teach One'
June 28, 2017
This Denver program is tackling the literacy gap. Trump’s budget proposal puts it at risk.
Each One Teach One targets the 30-million-word gap with intensive literacy training, art and outdoors activities such as biking and gardening.
June 26, 2017
Rise & Shine: Colorado feels the effect of decline in teachers nationwide
FIRST OF ITS KIND A new charter school in Aurora will become the first in the area to run a center for special needs students.
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