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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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Announcing: The 2015 A+ Game Changers

Introducing: The A+ 2015 Game Changers Each year we reflect on the incredible work that has been done by educators and education advocates around Colorado. The nominations from friends and colleagues for the 2015 A+ Game Changer Award remind us that the energy and passion for improving public education is alive and well in Colorado.…

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A+ Colorado: March 2016 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends, You thought awards season might be over. But we’re excited to announce the 2015 A+ Game Changers next week! In the meantime, here’s an update on the happenings in education in Denver, Aurora, and across the state. A+ Updates Let’s Talk School Facilities Needs for a new charter school: a strong…

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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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January 2016 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends,  Happy 2016! The year has started with a bang in terms of education news. And, it’s that time of the year again: Oscar nominations have been announced which means it’s also time to submit your A+ Game Changer award nominations. This is your opportunity to make sure that education hero in…

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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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A+ Denver: 2015 Round-up

Happy Holidays! There has been as much education news as snow this week. Denver, our state, and nation are in the midst of a variety of important changes.  We have our first PARCC scores, a change in Denver Public School leadership, a new state commissioner, and a new federal education law: “Every Student Succeeds Act”…

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