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

A+ Stay Sharp newsletter: 10.14.20

Good morning, Colorado. It’s been a big week for decisions affecting Denver’s students. Middle and High School students at DPS were scheduled to start transitioning to some in-person classroom time this week. Now, Nov. 9 is the earliest they would return to in-person learning. According to reporting by the Denverite, Superintendent Susana Cordova sent a…

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A+ Stay Sharp: 10.7.20

Good morning, Colorado. We’re on the other side of October Count – which will be a historical record of the number of children engaged with education during COVID-19 – although it will be averaged by a district’s enrollment in recent years according to the CDE. Denver Public Schools receives an average of $7,400 in per pupil operating revenue from…

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Do we know how many Colorado students aren’t engaged in learning as October Count starts?

Image via Pexels On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Gov. Jared Polis addressed citizens of Colorado with one message: Please enroll your child in school. “We know that the potential learning loss for our highest needs kids: English language learners, students with disabilities, low income students can have implications for years to come,” Polis said. “McKinsey &…

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A+ Stay Sharp: 9.24.2020

Good morning! We hope that in the midsts of serving the state of Colorado and our students, you’ll be able to get out and enjoy the golden leaves during this first week of fall. In this week’s Stay Sharp newsletter, you can find: A conversation with ALG and TEN about the challenges students are facing…

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Learn about the Colorado RISE Education Fund: $32.7 million toward learning during COVID-19

Image via Christina Morillo, Pexels On Wednesday, September 9, Gov. Jared Polis announced the Colorado RISE (Response, Innovation, and Student Equity) Education Fund. Grants ranging from $250,000 and $4,000,000 will be awarded to applicants “to address the learning challenges related to the economic, social, and health impacts of COVID-19.” As we highlighted in our Stay Sharp…

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A+ Stay Sharp: 9.17.2020

Tuesday evening, 60+ of you joined us, FaithBridge and Transform Education Now during the “Education Justice Now” webinar, about providing access to experts for families and education organizations serving students. Thank you to the panelists: – Virginia Wilson-Cobble from the U.S. Office for Civil Rights – Jessica Howard, ACLU of Colorado – Kate Gerald, Education Law Offices The conversation highlighted ways parents/guardians can navigate the educational…

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Op-ed: Time and Class Size. More important than the pay check?

Photo via Pexels  by Peter Huidekoper, Jr. Peter Huidekoper Jr. has been writing an education newsletter, Another View, for over 20 years. Peter has authored a number of opinion pieces in newspapers and magazines. He is the Coordinator for the Colorado Education Policy Cohort. For 18 years he taught and coached in middle and high…

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A+ Stay Sharp: 9.10.2020

Good morning during this snowy, short week. The A+ team in collaboration with FaithBridge and Transform Education Now would like to personally invite you to a free, virtual event we’re hosting next week. The “Education Justice Now” webinar on September 15th from 7-8 p.m., will provide access to experts for families and education organizations serving students. Focused around the question “what are…

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Rural Invisibility: Ignoring the Educational Needs of Nine Million American Students

School buses in a parking lot. / Image via Kelly Lacey on Pexels Rural Invisibility: Ignoring the Educational Needs of Nine Million American Students By Dr. Kristina A. Hesbol There are more students attending American rural schools than all the students in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the next 85 largest school districts combined…

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A+ Stay Sharp: 9.3.2020

As September is officially underway, students and educators have begun the most unconventional school year they’ll likely face in their lifetimes. As teachers navigate the terrain of delivering online instruction and district leadership navigates challenging decisions on reopening plans; A+ Colorado is committed to providing you with news and resources throughout this semester.  In this…

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