Rise & Shine: Colorado’s Teacher of the Year advocating for equity in computer science courses

Good morning and welcome to the final edition of Rise & Shine for 2017!

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Speaking of action, the Denver school board took care of plenty of business last night at its final board meeting of 2017. Our Melanie Asmar has the latest. The news from that meeting kicks off our roundup. And don't miss this note for bureau chief Eric Gorski about changes coming to Chalkbeat.

Chalkbeat's offices are closed next week. So from all of us at Chalkbeat Colorado, thank you for reading, have a great holiday, and we'll see you next year! — Nic Garcia, deputy bureau chief

REAL ESTATE Middle schoolers at Denver Language School, a language immersion charter that teaches students in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, will have a new home next year: the northeast Denver school building that previously housed the now-shuttered Gilpin Montessori. Chalkbeat

IN THE ZONE Elementary school students living in northeast Denver will be part of enrollment zones next year, which means they will no longer be guaranteed a seat at the school closest to them but will be asked to choose from several nearby schools. Chalkbeat

YEAR IN REVIEW We continue our look back at 2017:

  • Equity may be a buzzword in education, but state test scores released this year underscored why so many Colorado educators are focused on closing academic gaps between less privileged students and their more privileged peers. Chalkbeat
  • Jeffco Public Schools started the year making big news when its board of education decided to open a search for a new superintendent. Former Superintendent Dan McMinimee left the role in March before a new leader had been hired. Chalkbeat
  • Students of the Adams 14 school district in Commerce City made big news at the beginning of the year when they walked out of school to demand a permanent principal and a better education at their low-performing high school. Chalkbeat
  • Amid national debate on the disproportionate number of suspensions and expulsions given out to young boys and children of color, Colorado lawmakers and educators grappled with the best approach to discipline in 2017. Chalkbeat

FROM THE BUREAU CHIEF There’s a series of changes coming to Chalkbeat Colorado. Bureau chief Eric Gorski breaks down the changes in this letter. Chalkbeat

FINDING HIS VOICE Colorado’s Teacher of the Year is advocating for equity in computer science studies. Gazette

BIG DECISIONS Families and teachers may find out next month whether the Thompson School District will close schools to save money. Reporter-Herald via Denver Post

TRANSPORTATION NEEDS A Denver teacher is trying to get school buses for her students. 9News

BEST OF THE BEST A new report from A Plus Colorado, which Chalkbeat previously reported on, lauds Lafayette’s Peak to Peak Charter School as one of only two high schools in the state to send at least 10 percent of low-income graduates to the nation’s “top” colleges and universities. Times-Call