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

Missteps, red tape and lax oversight plagued Manual High School’s turnaround: Denver district contributed to school’s struggle after hiring, autonomy slipups

Originally Posted by Chalkbeat Colorado on January 9, 2014. Copyright © co.chalkbeat.org. Written by Kate Schimel and Nicholas Garcia. Read here.   When Manual High School re-opened in August 2007 after a year of empty hallways, news reports described its transformation as a test of Denver’s aggressive slate of education reforms. The now-defunct Rocky Mountain News…

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As struggling school tries to improve, conflicting views on best path forward: At Manual High School, multiple academic models have met with varied success and left teachers confused.

Originally Posted by Chalkbeat Colorado on January 8, 2014. Copyright © co.chalkbeat.org. Written by Nicholas Garcia and Kate Schimel. Read here.   Teacher Ben Butler was optimistic when Brian Dale became principal at Manual High School in 2011. The school had been without a leader for a year, ever since the principal who spearheaded its turnaround,…

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After ambitious overhauls, Denver high school sees much change, little progress: Manual High School, once closed for low performance, struggles to find academic footing after a brief renaissance

Originally Posted by Chalkbeat Colorado on January 7, 2014. Copyright © co.chalkbeat.org. Written by Kate Schimel and Nicholas Garcia. Read here.   The teachers had turned the classroom into an instructional war room. The walls were covered with bar graphs, hand-drawn in magic marker. Yearbook photos appended each graph, showing the faces of the students whose…

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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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Report: Poor oversight on Colorado turnaround effort

Originally Posted by EdNews Colorado on December 18, 2013. Copyright © ednewscolorado.org. Written by Nicholas Garcia. Read here.   Colorado’s Department of Education failed to create a rigorous application process and lacked oversight in a federal turnaround effort meant to spur improvement in the state’s lowest performing schools, a report from A+ Denver claims. In turn,…

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Press Release: Colorado’s Turnaround Schools 2010-2013: Make a Wish

News Release Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Media Contact Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Denver (303) 725-1151 van@aplusdenver.org A+ Denver reveals disappointing school turnaround results under $58 million School Improvement Grant Effort Advocacy group pushes for more new schools and stronger accountability measures Over the past five years, the U.S. Department of Education has invested $4.7 billion…

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Press Release: A+ Denver releases updated brief on student achievement

News Release Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Media Contact Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Denver (303) 725-1151 van@aplusdenver.org A+ Denver releases updated brief on student achievement In an updated version of 2011’s Start with the Facts, A+ Denver recognizes improvement among low-income and non-low income students in DPS but raises concerns about the rate at which low-income…

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Panel: Turnarounds in Colorado–the Clock is Ticking

On November 13, the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs and School of Education & Human Development hosted a panel discussion called Turnarounds in Colorado–the Clock is Ticking. The event featured Van, who discussed the improvements that need to take place in the state, along with Peter Sherman, the Executive Director of CDE’s…

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DPS board set to revise Denver Plan, after new members are sworn in

Originally Posted by EdNews Colorado on November 11, 2013. Copyright © ednewscolorado.com. Written by Nicholas Garcia. Read here. The newly-elected members of Denver’s Board of Education have a long to-do list: closing the achievement gap, negotiating teacher contracts, approving school renewals, setting the budget. But no item may be as pressing as revising the Denver…

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Reformers sweep DPS school board election: What does it mean for future of district?

Originally Posted by Westword on November 6, 2013. Copyright © westword.com. Written by Melanie Asmar. Read here. The four candidates supportive of Denver Public Schools’ brand of education reform swept the school board election yesterday. Barbara O’Brien, Rosemary Rodriguez, Mike Johnson and Landri Taylor will fill the four open slots on a seven-member board that…

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