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Rise & Shine: Why a former researcher decided to become a school speech-language pathologist

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Today's news roundup features a Q&A with a type of school staff member we don't hear from as often as teachers or even counselors or psychologists: a speech-language pathologist. He talks about the movie that inspired him to become a speech-language pathologist and how he connected with a student that at first rarely even looked at him.

We also have a story about a new preschool on wheels in Federal Heights, the resignation of a high-profile education leader, and the reaction to a free concealed-carry handgun class for teachers.

– Melanie Asmar

HOW I TEACH Meet the only speech-language pathologist in Colorado’s Teacher Cabinet. “Many of us work in medical settings, but I was drawn to the positive and happy climate of public schools,” he said. Chalkbeat

PRESCHOOL ON WHEELS Not all of the four-year-olds in Federal Heights can make it to the preschool, so a combined city and private effort wants to bring the preschool to them. Northglenn Thornton Sentinel

RESIGNED The executive director of Colorado’s largest alternative education program has resigned after being put on paid administrative leave while an investigation into an unspecified matter was conducted. Pueblo Chieftain

SHORTER WEEK Pueblo School District 60 could be on its way to a four-day school week. KOAA

ARMING TEACHERS A National Rifle Association-certified handgun instructor decided to offer a free concealed-carry handgun class for Teller County teachers. Three-quarters of the slots are filled. Gazette

AFTER PARKLAND About 1,500 Fort Collins-area students and their supporters packed Old Town Square on Tuesday to advocate for gun law reforms, school safety improvements and to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting. Coloradoan, KUNC, CBS4, 9News, Fox31

The Routt County sheriff is proposing putting armed marshals in the county’s 11 public school buildings. Steamboat Pilot

SCHOOL SAFETY The Aurora Police Department has filed — or will be filing — criminal charges against six juveniles in connection with unrelated threats against middle and high schools. Denver Post

A credible threat has spurred Woodland Park School District RE-2 to close all of its schools Wednesday. Gazette

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION Businesses and higher education leaders said schools need to focus more on creativity, problem-solving, and real-world learning and less on tests, homework, and content. Daily Camera