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Will the new year be better for DPS, board? Here’s what to watch

The DPS board got back to work with a retreat Monday, and quickly got up to its old, bad tricks as well, violating the spirit if not the letter of Colorado’s open meeting law. 

Jeffco school closures have become unavoidable

When you examine the need for school closures in Jefferson County, the first thing that strikes you is the shocking scale of the problem.

Tay Anderson reflects on non-coup, other DPS board flashpoints

Denver Public Schools board Vice President Tay Anderson discusses board relations, the coup that wasn't, and other issues related to DPS board dysfunction

DPS board must pivot after embarrassing itself

After last week’s 6-1/2-hour Denver school board meeting featured a couple of cringeworthy interpersonal clashes, I’m sure at least some board members are embarrassed by what the public witnessed. They should be. While the in-fighting rages, work of substance is being neglected.

Denver school closure criteria seem far removed from equity

DPS still has an opportunity to keep this process from devolving into a fiasco, but that will require the district to address the impacts on families who will be directly affected by any school closure.

RAAD’s vision for arts-based learning needed in Denver’s Far Northeast

It is evident there is a gap in arts-based learning models in the Far Northeast, and our no-audition, public charter school model will provide every student with an opportunity to explore and develop their talents, in an area where there’s an urgent need for arts-based learning.

New charter would celebrate Black excellence, nurture Black students

We worry the Denver Public Schools Board of Education won’t see the tremendous value our school will have; instead, we fear our application will be sunk by reductive conversations about declining enrollment and by divisive anti-charter rhetoric.

Lack of clarity over academic goals, measurements shows DPS is adrift

A lack of clarity on academic goals for Denver Public Schools is emblematic of the district's and school board's struggles and strategic incoherence.

KIPP Colorado: 20 years of closing opportunity gaps and disrupting systems

I am here because I believe in the promise of KIPP Colorado’s mission and vision. I have deep ambitions for KIPP to provide the best educational outcomes for under-resourced populations; to set the stage and pave the way for what it means to see an educational community thrive with joy, love, identity affirmation and rigor.

Mental Health Awareness Month means validating our student experiences

This Mental Health Awareness Month we must listen to the stories of young people in Colorado, who, in significant numbers, have been facing a mental health crisis. I know the need for this firsthand because I went through my own mental health struggles in high school.

Denver innovation foes devolving into circular firing squad

The extent to which Denver Public Schools and its board are stumbling and bumbling through an ill-conceived effort to limit the freedoms of their 52 innovation schools would be comical if the stakes for children weren’t so high

School climate bill helps fill in a missing piece

If passed, this legislation would update Colorado’s policies, practices, and data frameworks to make data about students’ experiences at school more transparent and to ensure that every student learns in an environment that is positive, safe and inclusive.

Ednium: Championing financial literacy is an investment in the future

The initial idea to champion a financial literacy campaign started in 2019 when alumni partners came together in Ednium’s Design Lab to identify issues they could impact in public-school education.

Is it really that hard to talk?

For the last 19 years as a parent and 15 years being professionally engaged, I have heard the rhetoric of engagement and longed for the reality of it. But the more things change, the more they stay the same.

5 percent of Denver’s Black, Latino 3rd-graders are reading at grade level. That’s an emergency.

Reading at grade level by the end of third grade is considered predictive of future academic success. Yet according to the data, just 5 percent of Black third-graders and 5 percent of Latino third-graders met or exceeded grade level in assessments given last fall.

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