Boardhawk is an independent website dedicated to community-based commentary and advocacy-focused coverage of public education in Colorado, with a particular focus on Denver Public Schools and its recently reconfigured Board of Education.

The November 2019 election yielded a ‘flipped’ school board, with its three new members skeptical of the direction the district had taken under its two previous superintendents, Tom Boasberg and Michael Bennet. A year later, Superintendent Susana Cordova decided to leave DPS, where she had worked for more than 30 years, for a job in Dallas. The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional turmoil, both within DPS and in public education across Colorado. Boardhawk believes that there has never been a more important time for responsible, community-centered journalism and commentary focused on how public education can best serve the students who need it most.

As we enter 2021, Boardhawk is recommitting itself to featuring a variety of voices from the community, many from partner organizations including Transform Education Now, FaithBridge, African Leadership Group, and A+ Colorado. We will challenge decisions we believe are not in the best interests of all children, families and everyone with a stake in public education in Denver. We will simultaneously celebrate those decisions that are. Our commentary and reporting will always be fact-based, and never anchored in the fear or smear tactics that have, sadly, become commonplace. Our commentary and reporting will come from distinctive points of view that represent our diverse collective.

If you would like to submit a piece to Boardhawk for publication, please reach out using the contact form on this site. We will review all submissions, and welcome points of view that diverge from ours. We cannot, however, guarantee that any piece submitted will be published.


Alan Gottlieb is Boardhawk’s editor. Alan has been a Denver-based journalist for more than 30 years. He covered DPS for the Denver Post in the mid-1990s, worked as an education program officer for The Piton Foundation, and co-founded Education News Colorado and Chalkbeat. For the past five years, he has worked as a contract writer and communications consultant.


T. Michael Boddie is Boardhawk’s community reporter. T. Michael is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is currently a graduate student of media and public communications at the University of Denver, and he was previously a reporter for The Charleston Post and Courier. Contact him at 757-617-6955 or on Twitter at @tmboddienews.


Advisory board:

Anna Alejo, communications consultant, longtime Denver journalist


Jason Gaulden, Executive Director, Untapped Potential Project


Sasha Green, Program & Operations Manager at Moonshot edVentures


Miguel In Suk Lovato, Senior Program Officer, Colorado Health Foundation


Theresa Peña, Outreach and Engagement, DPS Food and Nutrition Services; former DPS board member


Ariel Smith, Co-founder and Executive Director, Transform Education Now


We’re grateful to our funders, RootED and the Anschutz Foundation, for their support. Funders exert no influence over the site’s content. Nor does their support constitute agreement with opinions expressed here.