These posts are the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of A+ Colorado.

Denver is a great city and needs a great school board

Originally Posted by Denver Post on February 17, 2013. Copyright © Denverpost.com. Written by Van Schoales and Terrance Carroll. Read here. The future of Denver as a thriving and appealing urban center depends not on high profile projects like the light rail expansion and Five Points renewal project, but on something much more mundane, something you’d probably never…

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February Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Mark your calendars! …for February 20th, 5pm. Evan Stone, one of the co-founders for Educators 4 Excellence, will join us to talk about teachers making an impact on policy. E4E is a teacher led organization with chapters in New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles that works to ensure the voices of teachers are included in…

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Playing the school choice odds

Originally Posted by EdNewsColorado on January 22, 2013. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org. Written by Van Schoales.  Van Schoales, head of A+ Denver, says it’s become so hard to get into Denver’s top schools that a change may be in order so that parents of means don’t have an unfair advantage over those lacking resources. In 2011,…

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2012 Public Education Game-Changers in Denver

We want to wish all of you warm holiday wishes. 2012 has been a remarkable year for change at A+ Denver. We’ve grown from a staff of two to a staff of five with the latest addition of Sari Levy as Senior Advisor. We have engaged in key areas of reform, including Innovation schools, enrollment…

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November Newsletter: Turnarounds, Innovation Schools, and Arts

I want to wish you all a warm Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. My family gathers in Los Angeles with old and new foods and friends. We always have traditional foods like roast turkey, mashed potatoes and Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry relish. This year, the Persian side of the family will add some tasty lamb appetizers to…

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CPR: Painting a New Future for Denver’s arts education

Originally posted on Colorado Public Radio, Oct. 19, 2012. Copyright © CPR.org Written by Jenny Brundin. In this era of high-stakes testing and high drop-out rates, public schools are focusing heavily on reading, writing and arithmetic. Some are worried that arts are getting short shrift. A report issued this fall showed that many Denver students,…

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Press Release: Arts Education in Denver Schools: Envisioning Excellence

For Release Thursday, October 18, 2012 Media Contact Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Denver (303) 725-1151 van@aplusdenver.org A+ Denver taskforce calls on community to step up arts education for kids Bond election offers opportunity to re-envision arts education in DPS Denver – A+ Denver, an advocacy group that has historically focused on student achievement in Denver…

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Progress report on Colorado SIG schools

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, Oct. 12, 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Written by Nancy Mitchell. More than $40 million in federal grants awarded to some of Colorado’s lowest-performing schools as part of a massive national turnaround effort is producing mixed results, with state officials suspending funding for five schools because of declining test scores. This week,…

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Press Release: Colorado Turnaround Schools – Rays of Hope

News Release Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Media Contact Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Denver (303) 725-1151 van@aplusdenver.org Colorado Turnaround Schools—Rays of Hope: An Evaluation of the Early Progress Witnessed from Colorado’s Turnaround Efforts and Recommendations for Improved Outcomes In an unprecedented case in Denver’s history, school and community leaders managed to identify and improve a large…

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Denver school reform group wants more consistent, better arts education

Originally posted on Denver Post, September 12th, 2012. Copyright © Denverpost.com Written by Karen Auge. The study by A+, an independent group that advocates for school reform, points out that numerous studies link overall academic achievement with arts participation. And while arts education prepares students for work in creative industries, it also enriches kids who…

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