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February 12, 2015
Colorado LGBT high school students: validate us
Three LGBT Colorado high school students share their experiences.
March 18, 2014
Students at Manual want to be heard — and they have a lot to say
Last month, Chalkbeat staff began to seek out the voices of Manual High School students: What are their experiences at school? What does Manual do well or not well for them as students? Ultimately, what about students' experiences did we miss in our reporting?
March 10, 2014
An open letter to Manual stakeholders, the DPS Board of Education and DPS leaders
A Manual alum and liaison to the school under Superintendent Michael Bennet offers some insights based on past experience on how the school and community can move forward.
March 3, 2014
A first year teacher in defense of veteran teachers
A new teacher licensed through alternative channels defends veteran teachers who she says are too often falsely labeled as resistant to change.
February 28, 2014
Why I am passionate about education and parent engagement
Parent advocate Princess Mack explains how her passion for helping parents get involved in their children's education stems from her own experience slipping through cracks in the school system.
February 26, 2014
Elevating the status of the teaching profession
The vice-president of the Public Education & Business Coalition argues that too few of our country's public policies support making teaching attractive as a long-term career.
February 24, 2014
How Denver Public Schools can improve its parent engagement: a parent's view
A Denver Public Schools parent has some tips for how the district can more effectively communicate with and engage parents to boost student achievement.
February 20, 2014
Colorado Academic Standards give parents peace of mind
A parent and Stand for Children parent leader explains why the new Colorado Academic Standards help him feel more confident that his students will learn and be ready for college and beyond.
December 20, 2013
Voices: Looking back and looking forward
As part of an ongoing series on recruiting, training and supporting teachers, Donnell-Kay fellow Sarah Jenkins reflects on what she has learned this year and makes resolutions for things she wants to learn in 2014.
December 16, 2013
Voices: Collaborative healing for Colorado schools after shootings
Writer Diana Kurniawan points to some local resources that she argues could help prevent school violence like the shootings at Arapahoe High School in the future.
December 10, 2013
Voices: Is teacher voice really attainable?
As part of an ongoing series on recruiting, training and supporting teachers, Donnell-Kay fellow Sarah Jenkins wonders how we can change the sense of powerlessness many teachers feel in affecting policy change.
December 4, 2013
Voices: Real life grit
South High School student Chaunsae Dyson writes about how developing grit helped him transition to a new school with more challenging academic standards.
December 2, 2013
Voices: Get with it: Millennials are the future of teaching
As part of an ongoing series on recruiting, training and supporting teachers, Donnell-Kay fellow Sarah Jenkins argues that the education world must adapt to the work habits of Millennial teachers.
November 21, 2013
Voices: What election day meant for data and privacy in schools
Outgoing Jefferson County school board member Paula Noonan reflects on what the board election results there mean for the future of data collection and privacy in schools.
November 20, 2013
Voices: Listening to teachers on licensure reform, part two
As part of an ongoing series on recruiting, training and supporting teachers, Donnell-Kay fellow Sarah Jenkins interviews teacher Sarah Casaletto about her work with the LEAD Compact.
November 19, 2013
Voices: Amendment 66 and V-8 engines
The vice-president of the Adams 12 Five Star School Board, Norm Jennings, argues that policymakers should learn from the failure of Amendment 66 that voters want to reform the school system, not the funding. And join EdNews for a panel discussion on the future of school finance in the wake of Amendment 66 Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. RSVP here.
November 19, 2013
Voices: Some Monday morning quarterbacking on Amendment 66
A+ Denver CEO Van Schoales reflects on lessons that supporters of school finance reform should learn from the failure of the school tax measure Amendment 66. And join EdNews for a panel discussion on the future of school finance in the wake of Amendment 66 Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. RSVP here.
November 18, 2013
Voices: Listening to teachers on licensure reform, part one
As part of an ongoing series on recruiting, training and supporting teachers, Donnell-Kay fellow Sarah Jenkins interviews veteran teacher Mark Sass about his work with the LEAD Compact.
November 14, 2013
Voices: Ignore the haters: American teachers among most trusted in the world
In the second of a series on recruiting, training and supporting teachers, Donnell-Kay fellow Sarah Jenkins argues that American teachers are much more respected than many believe.
November 13, 2013
Voices: Issuing teacher licenses should connect to good teaching
A member of PACE's Teacher Licensing Committee, Shawn Bailey, argues that the state shouldn't lower barriers to entering teaching, but rather focus on making its standards better.
November 12, 2013
Voices: SB 191 — Licensed to teach?
The University of Colorado Denver's Dean of the School of Public Affairs, Paul Teske, offers thoughts on what credentialing in other professions might teach us about how to license teachers.
November 11, 2013
Voices: I left teaching, and I am not ashamed
In the first of a series on recruiting, training and supporting teachers, Donnell-Kay fellow Sarah Jenkins describes her own choice to leave the teaching profession.
November 4, 2013
Voices: If education is too expensive, continue to support
Project VOYCE Co-training director Shelby Gonzales-Parker argues that Amendment 66's increased investment in education will pay off down the road.
October 24, 2013
Voices: Reconnecting with mentors via social media
Julia Rappaport, the Managing Editor of Communications and Social Media at Facing History and Ourselves, writes about the value social networks can have reconnecting students to their former teachers.
October 2, 2013
Voices: Getting students involved in decision-making
Project VOYCE Site Coordinator Destiny Carney argues that students need to have a seat at the table when school leaders and policy-makers make decisions.
September 27, 2013
Voices: Motivating words from Malala – for her fellow 16-year-old girls
Veteran educator turned consultant Peter Huidekoper, Jr., finds inspiration in the story of a Pakistani girls' education activist, and relevance for teenagers in Denver.
September 26, 2013
Voices: What teachers are saying about licensure
Tim Farmer, policy director for the Professional Association of Colorado Educators, outlines what PACE is hearing teachers say about how they think licensure should be reformed.
September 16, 2013
Voices Podcast: Redefining what higher education looks like
The director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute, Andrew Kelly, recommends changing the way that students earn college credits as a way to promote greater rates of completion.
September 10, 2013
Voices: Proposing a unified teacher and administrator certification process
Teacher Mark Sass argues that teachers and administrators should be licensed through the same certification process.
August 28, 2013
Voices: The problem with growth scores
Alexander Ooms reflects on what Colorado schools' growth scores tell us about student performance, and what they do not.
August 7, 2013
Voices: Leadership matters, resources matter
The newly-elected president of the Colorado Association of School Executives, Lisa Escárcega, argues strong leadership and adequate resources will be key to successfully implementing the challenges of the coming school year.
August 6, 2013
Voices: Some reasons why a 7-0 DPS school board is not a good thing
Denver Public Schools board member Jeannie Kaplan argues that a school board that unanimously supports district reforms would damage the city's schools.
July 31, 2013
Voices: Indiana’s Accountability Mess — On Becoming A Monster
Alexander Ooms argues that a controversy around school grades in Indiana has lessons for education reform more generally.
July 25, 2013
Voices: Declining a party endorsement in school board elections
Douglas County school board candidate Kevin Leung explains why he isn't seeking the endorsement of his political party for his candidacy.
July 24, 2013
Voices: Film Shaping Minds
Educator and filmmaker Laurie Chin Sayres argues that media literacy is an essential but often under-taught skill.
July 18, 2013
Voices: Lesson learned on turnarounds and closure: Be bold
Veteran educator turned consultant Peter Huidekoper, Jr., argues that dramatic change is the only way to improve struggling schools.
July 16, 2013
Voices: A proposal for charter schools in higher education
Teacher and MPA candidate Kyle Morin suggests introducing the idea of choice and chartering into teacher training.
July 8, 2013
Voices: Growing up at an online school
Iman Dwebi, a rising senior at Branson School Online, discusses the benefits she sees to online learning in K-12 education.
July 3, 2013
Voices: In public health, higher ed in Colorado makes collective good on investment
David Goff, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, argues that increased higher education funding is an investment with a strong payoff.
July 2, 2013
Voices: Colorado's teachers have a choice
Tim Farmer, policy director for the Professional Association of Colorado Educators, argues that teachers should be informed about their ability to opt out of unions.
June 25, 2013
Voices: Changing how we spend education funds
Teacher Mark Sass argues that while simply throwing more money at education probably won't improve schools, changing the way we spend education funds could.
June 21, 2013
Voices: Why I’m leaving the Douglas County School District
Maria Lauer, a 15-year veteran teacher in Douglas County, explains why the district's new compensation system prompted her to take a job in another district.
June 19, 2013
Voices: The problem with the new teacher education program ratings
The dean of the School of Education at CU Denver argues that newly-released ratings of teacher training programs are deeply flawed.
June 19, 2013
Voices: Is today’s high school diploma the equivalent of Weimar republic money?
Van Schoales, head of A+ Denver, argues that current requirements for graduation aren't rigorous enough to ensure the highly-educated workforce we need.
June 18, 2013
Voices: As state charter law turns 20, one of its champions seeks new role
Ben DeGrow traces former Lt. Gov. and current DPS board hopeful Barbara O'Brien's work shepherding the state's charter school law into existence.
June 13, 2013
Voices: Good high schools — choice and opportunity
Van Schoales, head of A+ Denver, argues that families should be informed about the quality of high schools and student outcomes when choosing where to send their children to school.
June 12, 2013
Voices: Expanding math tutoring in Denver
Seth Vander and Tim Johnson of the Denver Math Fellows program discuss how daily small group math instruction can help improve student outcomes.
June 11, 2013
Voices: Housing and Public Schools
Alexander Ooms argues that the traditional system of neighborhood school enrollment is unfair and inequitable.
June 5, 2013
Voices: A new budget for Jeffco schools
Jefferson County Public Schools board President Lesley Dahlkemper outlines services that will be restored or maintained in her district thanks to a new influx of funds from ballot measures approved last year.
June 4, 2013
Voices: Reflections from a Dougco parent
The parent of a recent graduate from Douglas County's schools, Karen McGraw, argues that the district's schools have changed for the worse since her children started school.
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