Rise & Shine: Building trades program at one Jeffco school to close

Happy Monday!

One school that is seeing enough improvements in achievement to get off the state's radar for its chronic low-performance is one high up in the Rocky Mountains. Their work is a little different from reform work elsewhere, but some is also similar. They have a consultant that is not new to Colorado, they are focusing on improving teaching, and are rolling out an expeditionary learning model. It's a model becoming more and more common.

Now officials are looking at what lessons can be learned for other struggling schools or districts. Read more about that work below in the story from Nic Garcia.

In other news you might have missed over the weekend (or over spring break), check out a story about a building trades program shutting down in Jeffco, a story about the progress of a bill requiring schools to inform parents of certain employee arrests, and a story about what student activists are doing now after the rallies and marches.

– Yesenia Robles, reporter

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