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

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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Ramble Issue No. 7: My Holiday Wish List

My Holiday Wish List By: Lisa Berdie Data-driven decision-making. It’s a term bandied about by many of us in education. Data should—and often does—inform policy. For example, data from the task force exploring the amount of instructional time spent on testing was instrumental at the state house last year with the passage of HB 15-1323.…

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Ramble Issue No. 7: Northfield HS: The School Reform that Needs our Attention and Support

Northfield HS: The School Reform that Needs our Attention and Support By: Dr. Philip Bernhardt The recent opening of Northfield High School (NHS) in Denver is a significant event that anyone committed to educating children and improving schools needs to be paying close attention to. Why pay attention? First, Northfield HS has de-tracked its academic programming;…

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Ramble Issue No. 7: On the Good Ship Stennis: A+ Goes to Sea

On the Good Ship Stennis: A+ Goes to Sea By: Van Schoales Last week, I had the of privilege being flown by a C-2 Greyhound from San Diego’s Naval Air Station to the USS John Stennis, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, to spend 24 hours learning about the US Navy’s training and operations with a small…

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Rambles Issue No. 6: Talking About Race and Achievement

Talking About Race and Achievement By: Van Schoales I started working in Denver twenty years ago, the same year that forced busing, the federally mandated school integration plan, ended.  That year many schools went through a dramatic change in population as schools returned to primarily serving neighborhood students. There were few schools post-busing that were both…

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Rambles Issue No. 6: A Tale of 5 Reform Districts

A Tale of 5 Reform Districts By: Van Schoales      20 Years In the Making: What do 5 reform-minded districts have to show two decades into our current        education reform wave? Colorado’s system of academic standards and assessments started in 1995, making 2015 the 20thanniversary of the standards movement. With the…

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