Rise & Shine: Why a mini Harlem Children’s Zone in a Denver suburb is changing course

Good morning!

We've got a really interesting and challenging story today from Ann Schimke. Three years ago, she wrote about the launch of an ambitious project in Adams County modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone. When she checked in with leaders recently, she found that the organization is shifting gears and moving away from the "place-based" approach, which calls for providing intensive services in a small geographic area.

This story speaks to the ways that poverty looks different in suburban areas and how it can be harder to develop effective programs when people are spread out and move frequently, something that's happening more often as rents continue to rise.

We've also got news about a big deal hire in Denver Public Schools. The state's largest district has snagged its second former speaker of the House to work in a high-profile job. Melanie Asmar has that story.

Read on.

– Erica Meltzer, bureau chief

CHANGE OF COURSE When Blocks of Hope launched three years ago, leaders intended to use the same “placed-based” approach that made the Harlem Children’s Zone so successful. The program would provide intensive services to children and their families within the boundaries of one high-poverty Adams County elementary school. It hasn’t worked out as envisioned. Chalkbeat

MOVERS AND SHAKERS Terrance Carroll, the first African-American speaker of the Colorado House, has accepted a job with Denver Public Schools. He’s not even the first former speaker of the House to work for DPS. Chalkbeat

TIES THAT BIND An analysis found that the NRA gave $7.3 million in grants to hundreds of schools in recent years. Most of the schools say they’ll continue to accept the money, but Denver is turning them down. AP via Denver Post

THREATS A student at Endeavor Academy in Centennial was arrested on suspicion of making threats against the school the day after the Parkland shooting. Fox 31

LEAGUE OF HER OWN Kami Puchino is making history with Longmont Christian School as the first woman in Colorado to coach a varsity baseball team. CBS 4