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Stay Sharp Newsletter: February 2018

Today is Valentine’s Day; infamous to those who work in schools for the amount of sugar students consume and candy wrappers left in desks (and on the floors and in the halls…). Here at A+, we think there’s a lot to love about February, read on to find out what’s going on this month including…

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Are Colorado’s Charter Schools Public?

In order to answer the question, it is important to define what is a public school.  There are many ways to answer the question from a legal, political, practice and mission perspective.  Some of these are easier to answer than others. The simple but incomplete answer per Colorado law, a public school “is a school…

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Disrupt Implicit Bias by Personalizing Your District

By Keara Duggan, Partner at Education Elements, and Dr. Landon Mascareñaz, Senior Partner for Advocacy and Alliances at A+ Colorado This blog originally appeared on January 24, 2018 on Education Elements Personalization is everywhere you turn today – from your online shopping recommendations to your daily coffee order. Some districts have realized the power of personalization and…

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Transformative Transitions: Fletcher & Rocky Mountain Prep

This article is the first part of a multi-part series on potentially transformative school improvement initiatives, leading up to A+ Colorado’s Turnaround Convening on May 4, 2018. Save the date and stay tuned for more information.   Purpose A+ Colorado is deeply committed to understanding and sharing research and best practice that has the potential…

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Robin Lake: Denver’s Storied Portfolio District Is Starting to Act Like Just Another City School System

By Robin Lake, Director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, Affiliate faculty at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell This blog originally appeared on January 17, 2018 on the The74. Denver Public Schools hosts endless visits from civic and district leaders looking for ways to reinvent public education.…

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Notice of Retraction for A+ Colorado’s report A Seat at the Table: Colorado Students’ Access to Top Colleges

Notice of Retraction for A+ Colorado’s report: A Seat at the Table: Colorado Students’ Access to Top Colleges A+ Colorado is rescinding the initial version of the report A Seat at the Table: Colorado Students’ Access to Top Colleges, released December 2017. Shortly after the new year, A+ Colorado discovered a significant problem with the underlying…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: January 2018

We are always excited about the possibilities that a new year brings and 2018 promises to be a busy year for education in Colorado. In the next few months, A+ Colorado will be releasing several reports that summarize key findings, engaging in key equity and data transparency advocacy, and holding our first “How We Elevate”…

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Does Race Matter for Colorado’s Influential Education Organization Boards?

  As we enter another education policy season with hundreds of legislative bills designed to improve public education, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at who sits on some of the state’s most influential education organizations. Colorado is a diverse state with a growing number of non-white students (46%). Our largest…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: December 2017

Happy Holidays!  We hope that all of our hardworking educators are able to take a well deserved break this month. There is a lot happening in the Colorado education ecosystem, both in our school districts and at the state level. This month’s newsletter highlights some of these key developments and previews some of the main…

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A-town on the Rise?

The Aurora school board race was its most expensive in history.  A+ Colorado extends congratulations to everyone who participated in the race. It was hard fought and raised big questions about the future of Aurora schools.   Chalkbeat Colorado has reported on the dynamics at play in Aurora immediately following the election of new school…

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