With more than $1.1 billion in stimulus dollars flowing into Colorado school districts over the next year, the big question is: will the students in greatest need of support get it, and in what form?

Commentary

Why language immersion education matters to families

Three Denver Language School parents write about why language immersion education is important to their families. 

Bacon’s blatantly anti-charter bill should fool no one

Coming from a school board member who consistently trumpets her commitment to community voice, House Bill 21-1295 reeks not only of pique at the state board but hypocrisy as well.

Denver innovation zone supporters are right to be worried

The hundreds of community members who rallied last week to support school innovation zones are right to worry that the school board will ignore their pleas.

Filling out FAFSA is first step toward higher ed equity

Completing the FAFSA significantly increases the odds  students will continue their education beyond high school into a postsecondary education program of study. This fact is especially true among low-income students and students of color.

Financial literacy courses are an essential component of educational equity

To continue the current, flawed approach to financial literacy education means maintaining economic inequities. All students, but especially  students of color and those not classified as having “high” social-economic status, need and deserve access to these courses. 

American Indian Academy of Denver is healing our community

We are just in our first year, and yet the American Indian Academy of Denver (AIAD) is making history, providing an education that seemed unimaginable even 10 years ago.

STRIVE Prep should be integral to a reimagined Montbello campus

It has been unsettling to our families and staff that until now, the conversation about our fate has been avoided in the Reimagining Montbello process. Our families are part of the Montbello community. 

Celebrating teachers who look like me during Women’s History Month

These women, these brown women, mattered to me and made a difference in my educational journey. We should celebrate them this Women’s History Month for all of the lives they have touched.

Teachers must understand how students learn to read

I learned then the importance of phonics instruction and the progression from sounds to words, to phrases, to sentences, to paragraphs, and so on. These foundational facts changed the way I approached teaching middle and high school. 

There’s huge need for full-time summer school, yet it won’t happen

If we can at least agree that the 2020-21 school year has exacerbated opportunity gaps and increased the likelihood that students suffering the consequences of those gaps have fallen farther behind their more affluent peers, then optional, full-time summer school provides an obvious, if partial, remedy.

News

Community voice the centerpiece in new research on DPS equity, quality

Early conversations with Denver Public Schools parents and students participating in a research initiative point to the importance of individualized attention, regular communication, rigorous coursework, and strong mental health support as key elements of a high quality education.

Drop in DPS choice program participation raises enrollment, budget worries

Fewer parents of young children are participating this year in Denver Public Schools’ SchoolChoice system, raising questions about possible enrollment declines and an accompanying financial hit to the district.

Founding principal shares vision for new STEAM Academy

Boardhawk interviewed Shakira Abney-Wisdom, founding principal of the Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy, the district-managed high school in Far Northeast Denver that will open later this year.

Denver’s Innovation Zone schools ponder summer options in pandemic year

The degree of autonomy over how innovation zone schools  approach teaching, learning and the academic calendar allows them some creativity in how they move forward this summer to mitigate widespread 2020-21 learning loss.

Reopening West and Montbello high schools draws mixed reactions

The Denver school board's decision to reopen two comprehensive high schools that struggled in the past is popular with some people, and baffling to others.

Can homeschooling liberate learning for families of color?

Overall, more than traditionally-schooled children, Black homeschooled students experience physical and emotional safety, score higher on math and literacy assessments, and are able to adjust to a variety of social situations.