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2016 Rambles Issue No. 2: An Effective Mill Levy = Need + Plan + Evaluation + Feedback Loop

By: Van Schoales Denver has recently begun discussions regarding a new mill levy proposal that would provide an additional $50 million to the city’s schools. As in most debates, there is ample evidence on both sides of the issue of school funding: there is evidence that the money could make a big difference, and also…

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Rambles Issue No. 2: Setting the Bar for Innovation

Setting the Bar for Innovation By: Lisa Berdie Aurora Public Schools will be approaching the State Board of Education in May with a proposed Innovation Zone to implement next year. Five* schools in the Aurora Central High School feeder pattern will make up the zone that will be organized around a theme of global leadership.…

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2016 Rambles Issue No. 2: Measuring Educational Equity: Mission Accomplished or Merely Begun?

Measuring Education Equity: Mission Accomplished or Merely Begun? By: Van Schoales   Post originally appeared in the Thomas B. Fordham Flypaper blog, republished here with slight modifications.   Education Cities and Great Schools recently released a useful new educational data tool called the Education Equality Index (EEI), which allows users to compare cities and states…

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2016 Rambles Issue No. 2: Neighborhood Schools and the Achievement Gap

By Laura Lefkowits In 1995, Federal District Court Judge Richard Matsch terminated the decades-old desegregation order for Denver Public Schools claiming that the district had “removed the vestiges of past discrimination to the extent practicable.” As it turned out, the “extent practicable” in Denver was minimal given the exit from DPS of over 30,000 mostly…

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2016 Rambles No. 1: Starting the Year Off Write(ing)

Starting Off the Year Write(ing) By: Lisa Berdie Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Though I generally prefer to think of life as a “continuous improvement plan,” I appreciate the social pressure to reflect and take stock of the past year, and set goals for the next one. Some things I’d like for myself in…

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2016 Rambles Issue No. 1: Not Knocking It Out of the PARCC

Not Knocking It Out of the PARCC By: Van Schoales It’s been about nine months since kids started taking PARCC tests and one month since the state released some of the data on schools, and yet many families still do not have results for their kids. The data we do have is not disaggregated by…

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2016 Rambles Issue No 1: College Opportunity and the American Way

College Opportunity and the American Way By: Dudley (Van) Schoales In May, my oldest daughter will graduate from college debt free. Our last payment will will be in two weeks when I will be lifting a glass in celebration. She will have the gift of a BA from a good college, unburdened by loan payments…

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2016 Rambles No. 1: Educating for Citizenship

Educating for Citizenship By Guest Author: Jan Brennan Can one semester of civics prepare metro Denver youth for an active and informed role in democracy and community life? If you are doubtful, the statistics should strengthen your skepticism. The National Assessment of Educational Progress reports that only 23% of American 8th grade students demonstrated civics proficiency…

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Another View: Sherlock Holmes for Superintendent

Another View #141 Peter Huidekoper,Jr. http://anotherviewphj.blogspot.com/ January 5, 2016 Curiosity – a key ingredient to better schools We celebrate curiosity in our students. Their curiosity and wonder provides much of the joy for those of us who teach. We depend on it.  Even for our jaded juniors and seniors, thank God, it’s still there. Education…

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Ramble Issue No. 7: A Socratic Thanksgiving

A Socratic Thanksgiving By: Van Schoales Thanksgiving couldn’t come at a better time this year. With conflict and violence on the rise around the globe, it provides a rare time to bring family, neighbors and friends together to cook, talk and hang out. And there are no gifts! It’s my favorite holiday. We will gather…

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