Rise & Shine: Teachers in Roaring Fork Valley helping new immigrants adjust and thrive

Good morning and happy Friday!

Denver Public Schools has long claimed impressive enrollment growth for an urban district. That is projected to come to a screeching halt, with declines forecast in the not-so-distant future. Melanie Asmar has the story — and many illustrative graphics.

Couldn't make it to Thursday morning's annual Superintendent Forum, staged by the Public Education and Business Coalition? I was there and wrote this up. This year's timely topic: how to tackle teacher shortages in Colorado.

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Have a great weekend.

— Eric Gorski, bureau chief


REVERSAL OF FORTUNES After growing for nearly two decades, the student population in Denver Public Schools is forecast to drop almost 2 percent by 2021, according to a new analysis from the district. Chalkbeat

‘LOW PAY, LOW PRESTIGE’ At the Superintendent Forum, opinions were mixed on whether setting minimum salaries for teachers tied to the local cost of living would be effective or viable. Chalkbeat

MOVERS & SHAKERS The association representing Colorado school boards is about to welcome a new board president. Chalkbeat

GROWING PORTFOLIO In Kansas City schools, a push is underway to adopt a “portfolio model” in the vein of Denver’s. Chalkbeat

‘I FEEL SAFER’ Teachers at Basalt High School in the Roaring Fork Valley are helping new immigrants adjust and thrive. Post Independent 

LANGUAGE-RICH How one Colorado Springs middle school is making language a priority. 9News

PERSONNEL FILE A Cherry Creek School District teacher is back in the classroom following complaints from parents about how she taught her social justice class. Aurora Sentinel