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December Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Happy Festivus! Dear Members and Friends: This is the holiday issue, which means that we hope you are reading this from your living room–hot cup of cider in hand–or while you’re killing time waiting in line at the mall.   Who has been a Game Changer for Denver’s Kids in 2014? As we reflect on…

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November Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+

Dear Members and Friends: Whether you are having Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish or canned jellied cranberry sauce (or both, as a few of us will) on Thanksgiving, A+ Denver wishes all of our friends, supporters and readers a restive Turkey Day filled with lots of rich calories and conversation. We figured if you needed a…

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Update: Keeping you informed about A+

Dear Members and Friends: Whether you are having Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish or canned jellied cranberry sauce (or both, as a few of us will) on Thanksgiving, A+ Denver wishes all of our friends, supporters and readers a restive Turkey Day filled with lots of rich calories and conversation. We figured if you needed a…

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November Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Dear Members and Friends:  Election ad season is over. The mattress and car commercials are back. What did the elections mean for Denver schools? Compared to past elections, the stakes were lower this year in Denver. That said, we should all celebrate that the Denver Preschool Program was refunded. With the reelection of our governor…

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School Improvement Grants in Colorado

Originally Posted by EducationNext on December 23, 2013. Copyright © educationnext.org. Written by Andy Smarick. Read here. I’ve obviously made up my mind about School Improvement Grants (SIG) and other school turnaround efforts. But I suspect many others are still wondering if turnaround attempts are a sensible strategy for creating more high-quality seats for kids in need. And I’m…

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September Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Dear Friends: Welcome back to school! Denver schools got off to great starts even with the various changes at the school and district level. The weather cooperated so we avoided overheated classrooms. This seemed to be one of the smoothest starts in years. District Updates New year, New plan We were thrilled to see the…

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Van’s Ramblings: A Plea for Inquiry on this year’s TCAP results

Dear friends, On August 13 Colorado’s 2014 TCAP scores will be released, and as has happened since “Nation at Risk” was released in 1983, almost everyone will be frustrated with what will likely be only small, incremental improvement. Some will blame reforms, saying they’ve been too weak, too strong, or misguided. Others will point to…

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Van’s Ramblings: Less is more

Dear friends, In 2013, Mat Honan wrote an article for WIRED called Why Subtraction Is the Hardest Math in Product Design. He points out that simplicity sticks, saying it has “made hits of the Nest thermostat, Fitbit, and TiVo. Simple brought Apple back from the dead. It’s why you have Netflix. The Fisher Space Pen,…

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Van’s Ramblings: A high school diploma, a ticket to where?

Dear friends, This month, thousands of DPS high school students will celebrate their graduation, smiling and holding freshly printed diplomas- feeling empowered by having achieved a milestone, ready to tackle the next, but are they truly prepared for their next? From this class, about 4,000 kids will go on to college — roughly 1000 more…

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May Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Dear Friends:  As summer break approaches, Denver’s school board faces a busy season of new school deliberations and strategic planning. The planning will no doubt be influenced by recent disappointing results on 3rd grade reading TCAPs and college remediation rate improvement. District Updates 3rd Grade Reading TCAP Scores  Given the emphasis in recent years on…

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