YEAR IN REVIEW: EARLY CHILDHOOD Efforts to improve child care quality in Colorado gained steam in 2016 amid ongoing concerns about abysmal pay for child care workers and excessive regulation in the field. Chalkbeat Colorado

YEAR IN REVIEW: MOVERS AND SHAKERS While every year brings farewells and new faces to the institutions that shape public education in Colorado, 2016 was like a revolving door spinning in a blur. Chalkbeat Colorado

HOW I TEACH Meet an Adams 12 Five Star reading intervention teacher who’s not afraid to scrap a lesson halfway through if she feels students aren’t getting it. Chalkbeat Colorado

OPINION The Denver Post editorial board applauds the Denver school board’s recent decision to close three persistently low-performing elementary schools. Denver Post

GUNS IN SCHOOLS Why one Colorado school district voted to let teachers carry guns to class. Los Angeles Times

MISSED MARK Enrollment growth came in short of projections in the Boudler and St. Vrain school districts. Daily Camera

HOLIDAY GIVING A decades-old charitable partnership between an industrial real estate firm and an Aurora elementary school with a high percentage of low-income students will end when the firm relocates to downtown Denver. Aurora Sentinel

O TANNENBAUM Sixth-graders from the Thompson School District worked with local engineers Monday to build their own LED Christmas ornaments. Loveland Reporter-Herald

NEW VENTURE Former Aurora Public Schools superintendent John Barry will serve as chief executive officer of the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Aurora Sentinel