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

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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August Newsletter: DPS Improvement, Good Enough?

School has just begun for many Denver students and we are excited as more schools are providing much needed extended learning time with longer days and a longer school year. Last week was a good week for Denver with the latest TCAP (formerly CSAP) scores confirming that many of the schools DPS targeted for improvement…

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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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Commentary: Integrating the arts in DPS

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, July 19th, 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Read here. Written by Jason Callegari. Jason Callegari, A+ Denver’s policy director, argues for a renewed focus on arts education and outlines a task force created by the advocacy group to bolster the arts in Denver schools. A+ Denver recently created a task force to…

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Commentary: Is Dougco ed war good for kids?

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, July 11, 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Read here. Written by Van Schoales. Van Schoales, head of A+ Denver, weighs in on what he sees as a diminishing focus on quality education in Douglas County. With all the drama about teacher unions and vouchers in Douglas County, it makes you wonder what…

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Commentary: Diving deep into SchoolChoice

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, June 29th, 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Read here. Written by Robert Reichardt. Researcher Robert Reichardt has taken a close look at data gleaned from Denver’s new SchoolChoice process, and he has discerned some interesting trends. This year Denver Public Schools implemented a new process to facilitate students’ ability to choice out…

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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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Wednesday Churn: SchoolChoice report

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, June 13th, 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Read here. Written by EdNews Staff. What’s churning: A second and final report on Denver Public Schools’ new enrollment process, called SchoolChoice, says the new school selection plan worked for most participating families. Findings of the second report, available here , are largely positive, as were…

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Denver Turnaround Initiative Showing Achievement Gains

Originally posted on EdWeek, June 6, 2012. Copyright © edweek.org Written by Jason Tomassini. One year into an aggressive, expensive school turnaround initiative, some of Denver’s lowest-performing public schools are showing marked academic improvement by providing an education nearly identical to that of the highest-performing charter schools in the country. All the schools that now…

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