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Aurora Public Schools
August 6, 2014
Some districts shine, others falter in coupling of learning and online media
School districts around Colorado are taking a variety of approaches to balance two sometimes competing concerns: how do you meet students’ and teachers’ need for increased access to educational technology and online media while simultaneously protecting their privacy?
Who ya gonna call?
August 5, 2014
A bureaucratic shuffle in Aurora to help schools get the support they need
The decision to restructure the district's support services and link schools in communities that serve various grades has been months in the making. The impetus came from an informal listening tour hosted by APS's newest academic executive, Youngquist, and research from the University of Washington. The aim is to boost student achievement and make life a little easier for school principals and teachers.
August 1, 2014
New programs for teen parents on the way in Aurora
Three new programs for pregnant and parenting teens will unfold over the next 12 months in Aurora with the goal of expanding educational opportunities for a group with historically low graduation rates.
Chart(er)ing a new path
June 18, 2014
In Aurora, new charter school signals change in headwinds
When Montessori del Mundo opens Aug. 18 it will be the first charter school to open within the Aurora Public Schools boundaries since 2008.
March 13, 2014
Denver releases new opt-out guidance for schools after parent conflict
Denver Public Schools officials on Wednesday evening issued new guidelines for how schools should treat families who have opted-out of state assessments after a conflict between a parent and the principal at a Hilltop neighborhood middle school.
Politics & Policy
March 3, 2014
For low-performing schools, a crucial roadmap
A Unified Improvement Plan, whether for an individual campus or an entire district, is meant to be a living document often referred to during conversations between school leaders and teachers, central administrators and board members. The intent is to keep focus on those goals educators believe will dramatically increase student performance and let all else fall by the wayside, said John Youngquist, Aurora's chief academic officer.
February 27, 2014
New school-based clinics in Aurora
Obamacare is best known for efforts to expand health insurance coverage, but the Affordable Care Act also provides capital funds for school-based health clinics. Aurora…
January 30, 2014
New program reduces disciplinary infractions, but racial disparity persists
Aurora Public Schools officials are celebrating its implementation of restorative justice. Since the district began using the program suspensions and expulsions have dropped by 2 percent a year. However, African American students are still being suspended and expelled at a higher rate.
January 24, 2014
Schools experiment with universal mental health screenings
Formal universal mental health screenings are rare in schools around Colorado and the nation. Still, interest appears to be growing.
December 19, 2013
APS will finance new school with COPs
Aurora Public Schools is taking a calculated risk by borrowing money on private markets to pay for construction of a new PreK-8 school.
December 18, 2013
Ramping up school breakfast as new law deadline approaches
School districts around Colorado are planning and piloting Breakfast After the Bell programs to comply with a new law that, starting next year, requires universal free breakfast at schools with high percentages of low-income students.
December 4, 2013
Aurora may build new school to handle overcrowding
The Aurora Public School board heard recommendations from its staff Tuesday on how the district should handle an "urgent" overcrowding problem. A new school may be built.
September 12, 2013
In first big move, Munn lures leadership from Denver
Two months into his tenure as Aurora’s superintendent, Rico Munn has made his first big change, hiring John Youngquist, formerly DPS’s Director of Principal Talent Development, to be Aurora's Chief Academic Officer.
June 25, 2013
John Barry flunks retirement
Outgoing Aurora Public Schools Superintendent John Barry talks about the past seven years, why he refuses to move and what he's doing next.
March 18, 2012
This week's safe schools snippets
School bus accidents in the news: Are your children safe? - Bullied teen's family get payout over death - Aurora students receive free bike helmets from CU Hospital - School choice increases student safety - "Bully" documentary could hit theaters without rating - ‘Bullying’ teacher loses his license.
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