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

May Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

New Colorado Graduation Requirements A+ Denver has been a strong advocate for linking a high school diploma to some authentic measure of competency instead of seat time.  More than half of the 2013 graduating seniors in Denver will require remediation if they choose to go to college and about a third of them are academically underprepared…

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March Newsletter: Keeping you informed about A+ Denver

Mark your calendars! A+ will be issuing a report on the state of high schools in Denver and AuroraPublic Schools in early April. Following the release of the report we will be hosting an Urban High School Summit on April 24th with leaders from DPS and APS to talk about the findings from the report. We will be…

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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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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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Voices: 10 reasons we need better art in DPS

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, September 7, 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Written by Van Schoales. Van Schoales, head of A+ Denver, makes a personal and professional plea for higher quality and more comprehensive arts education in Denver Public Schools. For far too long, we education reformers have ignored quality arts education in public schools. We correctly…

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Voices: Denver should pursue Race dollars

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, June 20, 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Written by Jason Callegari. Jason Callegari, A+ Denver’s policy director, argues Denver Public Schools must update its strategic plan to have the best shot of winning Race to the Top dollars. On Aug. 12, the U.S. Department of Education announced its new $400 million Race…

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Voices: Is slow and steady enough for DPS?

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, August 9. 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Written by Van Schoales. Van Schoales, head of A+ Denver, finds much to admire in Denver Public Schools’ state test results but questions the pace of progress. Denver Public Schools continues to make slow and steady improvement at most grades on most subjects. Many improved…

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Voices: Are Denver grads really college-ready?

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, August 1, 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Written by Van Schoales. Van Schoales, head of A+ Denver, questions the wide disparity between Denver high schools when it comes to students attending quality colleges. It’s been a year since I had to help my daughter navigate the myriad of challenges in getting her…

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June Newsletter: Collaboration, New Schools & Standards, and Community Engagement

Last week was an extremely busy and important week for Denver Public Schools. The board and the administration tackled challenging issues and one of our higher education institutions made headlines with a landmark policy change. Collaboration I’d like to start by thanking the DPS administration and DCTA for working together on a new teacher contract.…

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