Our efforts at Rocky Mountain Prep to connect families to resources, and to help our scholars by meeting basic needs in the fastest manner possible gave rise to the Family Advocacy Support Team (FAST).

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Removing obstacles so kids can learn: Family Advocacy Support Teams at Rocky Mountain Prep

Our efforts at Rocky Mountain Prep to connect families to resources, and to help our scholars by meeting basic needs in the fastest manner possible gave rise to the Family Advocacy Support Team (FAST).

DSA’s expansion: What is the actual plan?

Nearly all families at DSA welcomed the idea of serving a more diverse student population, and I imagine few people anywhere would oppose this goal on its face. As with most things, however, it is much more complicated than it initially appears.

Excellent school governance is rooted in good character

As a leader in the charter school community, I have observed one additional quality of effective governance: excellent school governance is rooted in good character.

Who’s looking out for our children?

Do Dr. Alex Marrero and Director Tay Anderson deserve the opportunity to respond to these claims? Yes, absolutely. Should those with valid claims be afraid or intimidated from seeking justice because of the public trust that Dr. Marrero and Director Anderson enjoy? No, absolutely not.

Young people are crying out: We need more mental health support

As a group of high school students from both urban and rural communities, we are banding together to make sure school systems prioritize our mental health. We have communicated that we need consistent mental health support, yet we are not receiving it.

DPS superintendent search flawed; board needs to extend recruiting

Whatever the results of the DPS superintendent search, the district must do some serious self-analysis to determine why many educators are passing up the opportunity to lead the district.

Denver superintendent search: Who wants this job anyway?

There are already rumblings of dissatisfaction with the the three finalists to become Denver's next schools superintendent. But it isn't exactly a plum job at this moment in time.

Districts must direct stimulus funds to students with greatest needs — but will they?

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?

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.

News

DPS board spending $100,000+ on outside PR help

The Denver school board has spent more than $100,000 this spring hiring outside firms to help with communications challenges, bypassing the district’s own $3.8 million, 32-employee communications department.

Denver School of the Arts expansion creates admissions equity opportunity

Denver School of the Arts has long had a diversity problem, which could potentially be resolved as part of a pending expansion --- an early test for incoming Superintendent Alex Marrero.

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.