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Ann Schimke

Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado

Ann Schimke covers early childhood issues for Chalkbeat Colorado. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the Denver Post. She holds a master’s degree in education policy from the University of Michigan. She joined Chalkbeat (then EdNews Colorado) in 2012. Email: aschimke@chalkbeat.org

The University of Colorado Denver is the fourth traditional teacher prep program ordered by the state to fix weak reading courses.
Donovan Fountain’s students listen to Croatian rock, Brazilian jazz, and hip hop as part of his music appreciation unit.
The 15-member committee will help set rules governing the state’s free universal preschool program.
A coalition of national groups warns the early learning system is approaching ‘a catastrophic funding cliff’
More Philadelphia child care providers opened in the second year of the pandemic than the first, but the city still saw a net loss of providers.
Early childhood councils, school districts, and nonprofit organizations are among the three dozen groups that have applied to run Colorado’s universal preschool program at the local level.
Colorado’s new early childhood chief said it’s time to “stop the madness” and increase state reimbursement rates to reflect the true cost of child care.
Preschool teacher pay varies wildly in Colorado — from around $13 to $70 an hour, depending on the region, setting, and employee credentials.
Despite efforts to improve elementary reading instruction, many older students continue to struggle with reading.
Lisa Roy, who led early childhood education programming in the Denver school district from 2016 to 2019, was named sole finalist for the new department’s top job Friday.
Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed budget for the coming year includes funding for 300 new PHLpreK seats.
Un programa nuevo en el Distrito Jeffco es uno de los pocos en una escuela pública enfocado en estudiantes de intermedia y secundaria que sufren de dislexia.
Eddie Taylor commemorated the climb in an Instagram post: “We did it yall! The Expedition was a success.”
A new program in the Jeffco district is one of the few inside a public school focusing on middle and high school students with dyslexia.
Principal Sheldon Reynolds talks about leadership, gifted and talented instruction, and his concerns about a new Denver school board policy on innovation schools.
Advocates in Florida, Oklahoma, Vermont, and Wisconsin share lessons learned from their states’ universal preschool programs.
Her activism as part of an LGBTQ+ group in college prompted her to switch her accounting major to education.
Lawmakers said the proposal will ultimately help providers and lower costs for families — though not right away.
The universal preschool bill passed the state Senate on Thursday, one of the last hurdles before it becomes law.
Although Democratic lawmakers have so far beat back attempts to defang the flavor ban bill, their biggest remaining hurdle could be fellow Democrat, Gov. Jared Polis.
Free college classes are part of a multi-pronged state effort intended to mint more early childhood teachers before Colorado’s universal preschool launch.
A new online database shows what reading curriculum Colorado schools use in kindergarten through third grade.
Eddie Taylor, a high school chemistry teacher in the Boulder Valley School District, is part of the first team of Black climbers to attempt to summit Mount Everest.
The vision for a state early childhood agency and a free preschool program open to all Colorado 4-year-olds took a step closer to reality Thursday.
John Gallup, a Jeffco history teacher, is one of 32 American teachers selected for the Auschwitz Legacy Fellowship this year.
Some district leaders worry about the scope and speed of changes as Colorado prepares to launch a new early childhood agency and universal preschool.
Some district leaders say the state’s rules for proving teachers completed the training is burdensome and extends beyond what a 2019 law requires.
In many districts, more families opted for kindergarten this year even if their children were eligible for first grade.
Routine classroom moments are punctuated by reminders of COVID’s fallout at this Philadelphia elementary school.