This is the second in a series of four posts featuring unedited videos of Denver Board of Education candidates answering questions posed to them by community members. This installment focuses on Northeast Denver's District 4.

Commentary

To mask or not to mask: A lesson in care and confidence

My two boys have routinely been wearing their masks because 18 months ago, we started talking about how we can care for other people, particularly when we really don’t have any idea of what is going on in their lives, with their bodies, or in their homes.

We need limited testing now more than ever

Apparently, school performance has become another fact-free zone, where ideology, rumor, and innuendo are more important than evidence. The political right in recent years has mastered this sad and dangerous strategy, but when it comes to testing, the left is showing that two can play that game.

Charting a promising future and dispelling disinformation about charter schools

It is frustrating when I see disinformation about charter schools. Some people with their own agendas seek to deny the role charters play as quite often the best option for a lot of us students of color to get a good education.

The controversy over CRT is all smoke and mirrors

Many Americans are embracing falsehoods about what is actually being taught in schools. Scholars also fear that this embrace of misinformation means that terms intended to help students develop as culturally proficient citizens will all be thrown into the bucket of “CRT.”

An open letter to Superintendent Alex Marrero

Dear Dr. Marrero, Welcome to Denver and your first day on the job as superintendent of Denver Public Schools. here are several pieces of unsolicited advice.

A Fulbright in Poland: My journey to change health outcomes in my community

I first started thinking about medicine around the time I was in middle school. My mom was pregnant and the closest clinic to us was 35-40 miles away.

Student voice: The plague of racism in our schools

As a society, it’s our obligation to dismantle these oppressive systems, and our first priority should be to end systemic racism in our schools. We can’t do that without the help of educators.

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.

News

Candidate-Community Q&A: Northeast Denver District 4

This is the second in a series of four posts featuring unedited videos of Denver Board of Education candidates answering questions posed to them by community members. This installment focuses on Northeast Denver's District 4.

Candidate-Community Q&A: Central Denver District 3

Boardhawk is launching its election coverage with these video interviews of board candidates. We encouraged community members to come up with questions on relevant issues, and to ask them on video. We also invited all candidates to be recorded offering their responses, and allowed them to answer at the length they felt was appropriate. This week: Central Denver District 3 candidates Carrie Olson and Mike DeGuire.

Community members welcome new DPS superintendent with open arms, watchful eyes

More than 50 parents of Denver Public Schools students and other education advocates brought a variety of concerns and suggestions o the district’s new superintendent, Alex Marrero, when he met and greeted them at the campus of Kepner Beacon Middle School earlier this week.

Advocacy groups urge DPS board to be transparent on catch-up plans

"This Board has conducted virtually no public discussion during this pivotal time on how the infusion of dollars will be spent. How can the district be strategic about spending this funding if we still don’t know how students are doing at each school across the city?"

DPS, others employ differing strategies for summer catch-up

Some districts, zones or individual schools, appear to be doing more with federal pandemic funding in the short term for students than others. Others plan to use funds to enhance school-year programs aimed at catching up students who have fallen behind.

A+ Colorado leaders hope its influence will live on in other organizations

The leaders of A+ Colorado, which closed its doors last month, are confident that its members will branch out and support other education advocacy organizations.