Wednesday Churn: What works

What’s churning:

Producers from the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia will be in Denver this week to showcase the city’s teacher-led school, the Math and Science Leadership Academy.

Known as MSLA, the school was created by former Denver Classroom Teachers Association President Kim Ursetta and other teachers. It opened in fall 2009 and currently serves grades kindergarten through fourth in the former Rishel Middle School in southwest Denver.

MSLA is being highlighted in Edutopia’s Schools That Work video series, which highlights effective and promising practices at schools of all types around the world. Ursetta, a bilingual kindergarten teacher, said producers will be filming at the school on Thursday.

“MSLA stood out to Edutopia for its unique leadership model as a teacher-led school,” Ursetta said in an email. “The school operates without a principal, using teachers to lead teams, provide interventions for students and fulfill administrative duties in addition to their traditional classroom teaching roles.”

We’ll pass on links to the MSLA video when it’s available. You can check out already completed videos in the Schools That Work series on the Edutopia site.

What’s on tap:

The Adams 12-Five Star board has a meeting scheduled at 7 p.m. at the Educational Support Center on 1500 E. 128th Ave., Thornton, in the Aspen Room. The agenda includes a discussion of the district’s bond rating.

DPS school board candidates forum for those seeking the at-large citywide seat is scheduled at 7 p.m. at Traylor Academy, 2900 S. Ivan Way. It’s hosted by the Bear Valley Neighborhood Improvement Association and the Southwest Denver Coalition for Education.