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Westminster Public Schools
March 14, 2018
Westminster school will reopen as a Marzano lab school ‘to take on problems we haven’t solved yet’
The idea for the school was part of Westminster's state improvement plan.
March 8, 2018
Three years in, an ambitious experiment to improve the odds for kids at one elementary school is scaling back
After three years, an ambitious project meant to change the trajectories of young children at one high-poverty elementary school is scaling back.
March 2, 2018
A parent engagement program in Westminster is helping families understand the district’s model
The program, started last year, is running out of current grant funding this summer.
How I Teach
February 27, 2018
Meet the only speech-language pathologist in Colorado’s Teacher Cabinet
A school speech-language pathologist talks about the movie that inspired his career choice and how he connected with a student who, at first, barely looked at him.
No time to play
January 12, 2018
Will recess cuts boost learning? One struggling Colorado district wants to find out.
A suburban Denver school district on a state-mandated improvement plan has cut recess time for elementary students in a bid to devote more time to instruction.
September 14, 2017
Westminster district will give bonuses if state ratings rise, teachers wonder whether performance pay system is coming
Teachers and employees in Westminster may earn a bonus next year if they help their schools and the district improve state ratings.
September 11, 2017
For a struggling Colorado school district, full-day preschool — and the unusual way it’s paid for — shows promise
Promising first-year results from a study of full-day preschool in Westminster Public Schools have stoked optimism about a new financing mechanism officials are testing.
September 8, 2017
From passionate to politics-free, here’s how Colorado school districts responded to Trump’s DACA decision
The response shows how school districts view their responsibilities when a divisive national policy change carries implications for many Colorado students and families.
On Close watch
August 17, 2017
State’s lowest performing schools and districts taking hard look at this year’s test data
School districts and schools that ran out of time on Colorado's accountability clock and are now on state improvement plans had mixed performance on state tests.
May 11, 2017
Westminster’s plan to improve schools gets narrow board approval
The 4-3 vote followed months of negotiations and appeals between the 10,000-student district and the state.
May 4, 2017
State Board of Education presses for more clarity on Westminster’s improvement plan
The Colorado Board of Education on Thursday directed Westminster to further clarify how two companies will work with the district.
reasons vs. excuses
April 24, 2017
Westminster schools loses on appeal seeking higher performance rating
The state Board of Education on Monday denied an appeal by Westminster Public Schools seeking a higher performance rating.
the fix is in
April 20, 2017
How the state plans to deal with the struggling Westminster Public Schools
Documents reveal the state's plan to deal with Westminster Public Schools, a low-performing district that ran out of time on Colorado's accountability clock.
February 16, 2017
Silence, empty seats and solidarity in Colorado schools for a “Day Without Immigrants”
Attendance was down at many schools across Colorado as communities took part in a nationwide protest called a “Day Without Immigrants” Thursday.
a second look
January 3, 2017
Two Colorado districts plan to ask state board to up their quality ratings to stave off sanctions
Aurora and Westminster public schools were the only districts that filed the necessary paperwork by Tuesday.
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