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March 10, 2011
New PTA parent guide explains Common Core Standards
The National Parent Teacher Association recently released guides for parents explaining the Common Core State Standards. The guides are available in English and Spanish online.
March 7, 2011
Boulder Valley teachers "come home" with students via iPod
Technology is helping bring Boulder Valley teachers "home" with students where they work on lesson plans together via iPod. Now, the Take Your Teacher Home project is spreading throughout the district and to others in Colorado as well.
March 4, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
Budget hearings scheduled in Boulder Valley and Colorado Springs; New Denver library opening soon; Boulder high schools consider later start times; Colo. improves its data tracking; Parents demand better DPS middle schools; Some parents say "no" to CSAPs.
February 9, 2011
Ask an Expert: I have a really smart kid who struggles in school
When you attend parent-teacher conferences, what do you typically hear about your son? Does it vary depending on the content area (reading, writing, math, science, social studies, etc.)? Do his teachers talk about his behavior in a negative way?
January 28, 2011
Week of 1/24/11: Teaching & learning tidbits
Special ed resource fair Saturday; Big changes for Falcon district; Good news in science ed; Obama calls out Denver school; Fort Collins school saved by a vote; Fate of cursive in schools; Aurora hunts truants; State's smallest district ponders future.
January 21, 2011
Week of 1/17/11: Teaching & learning tidbits
New and improved School Finder in Denver, teacher training - by students, new program for struggling readers, Aurora delays shift in grad requirements, teachers learn online techniques, Colo. gets mixed reviews in Quality Counts, DPS budget boost, and more!
January 19, 2011
Ask an Expert: Why don't teachers focus on teaching cursive?
Have you heard that cursive writing is going the way of the dinosaur? Maybe not entirely - yet - but its importance has dropped significantly, this expert says. What do you think?
January 13, 2011
Denver parents: Need a tutor for your child? Deadline Friday.
Free tutoring is offered to qualified students in Denver Public Schools. The deadline to apply for the tutoring is Friday. Read more in this post.
December 23, 2010
Week of 12/20/10: Teaching & learning tidbits
The latest on Colorado's grim school funding picture; U.S. boys lagging in reading; Aurora charter school expansion clears hurdles; Aurora's Rebound Program has success with hard-to-serve students.
December 20, 2010
Helping parents love holiday break the way kids do
A couple EdNews Parent experts offer some suggestions for coping with your kids being home and making your holidays more enjoyable. Do you have sanity-preserving tips to share? Do it here.
December 17, 2010
Week of 12/13/10: Teaching & learning tidbits
The teaching and learning stocking is stuffed to bursting with news of parents successfully fighting the powers that be in schools, views on school taxes and tenure, kudos to several Colorado schools, vouchers and value-added assessments of teachers.
December 9, 2010
Dennison Elementary earns 2nd Blue Ribbon Award
VIDEO: Dennison Elementary School in Lakewood is the only Colorado school to be named a Blue Ribbon Award winner by the U.S. Department of Education twice. Read this story and watch the video showing what makes Dennison teachers and students tick.
December 1, 2010
Ask an Expert: Is my son ready for "advanced kindergarten"?
An educational expert weighs in on advanced kindergarten programs. Denver Public Schools offers an advanced kindergarten, but this expert encourages parents to think things through before enrolling their child.
November 23, 2010
Ask an Expert: Getting my child to do homework without a fight.
Here are some excellent suggestions to help you get away from the nightly battle over homework.
November 2, 2010
Ask an Expert: Dealing with a disorganized teen.
An expert gives you advice on helping to get a teen organized. Yes, you could send him or her to a third party business, such as Sylvan Learning Center. But it may just be more effective to roll up your sleeves and train your kid yourself. For starters, create a weekly study calendar, buy a folder for all homework, work on idea webs and outlines, and prepare to give up some of your own time as well - but only for a while.
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