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:

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.
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.
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.
The salary range for leading Colorado’s new early childhood department would be $155,000 to $170,000.
New revenue from a nicotine tax will give Colorado millions for universal preschool, but some experts wonder if it’s enough to ensure quality.
A bill that would require elementary principals to understand the science of reading is part of a larger push to improve reading proficiency for Colorado students.
Ten Colorado employers are part of a new state-funded program that guides businesses that want to open child care centers on their sites or nearby.
Most Colorado districts flagged by the state for using unacceptable reading curriculum have pledged to adopt state-approved programs.
Colorado teacher Christina Mendoza tells how she incorporates her grandpa’s army experience into lessons and what she learned from tribal elders.
Autumn Rivera, Colorado’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award.
The Colorado state board of education granted full approval Wednesday to Regis’ elementary education and special education programs after the university revamped coursework on reading instruction.
Federal COVID money along with help from the local school district helped a tiny Colorado charter school launch a lunch program.
Colorado shortens isolation, quarantine periods for schools to match federal guidance
Colorado schools are welcoming students back amid a record COVID surge. They hope better masks and shorter quarantines will keep doors open.
En Aurora, donde más de tres cuartas partes de los estudiantes de tercer grado tienen dificultades para leer y muchos de ellos están aprendiendo inglés, lo que está en juego es bastante importante.
Colorado child care providers continue to face grave financial challenges as the pandemic drags on, with some taking out loans or selling possessions to make ends meet.