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A+ Stay Sharp: Response Digest 6

Colorado’s teachers take on one of the highest and most noble professions, shaping the hearts and minds for the future of the Centennial state. We’re grateful for the talented and passionate teachers throughout #EdColo and recognize their commitment to students in the midst of the Global Pandemic. This National Teacher Appreciation week, make your favorite teacher feel loved and appreciated. 

Follow along, and share stories about your favorite teachers on our social media!

A+ Updates

A+ is Hiring!

A+ Colorado is looking for an innovative communications professional to join our staff. This team member will lead the communications team while overseeing A+ communications strategy including digital, print, and events. Read more about the position and how to apply.

Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado Survey Results

During Teacher Appreciation Week and every week it’s important to understand teachers’ perspectives on their work, school, and experience. Colorado just released results from the Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado (TLCC) survey. Check out results in your district and school community!

Spotlight: Anataly Uribe – Teacher at McGlone Academy

Check out A+ Colorado and DFER interview with Anataly Uribe, a kindergarten teacher at McGlone Academy, a Denver Public School. Anataly speaks about how online learning has impacted her work as a bilingual teacher and how she is continuing to support English language learners.



What are teaching expectations during COVID-19 school closures?

Teachers will need support and leadership from districts to navigate the 2020-21 school year. Read thoughts from Van Schoales on questions districts should be digging in to to ensure teachers have what they need to meet the needs of students.

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Upcoming Discussions on Schooling in the era of Covid-19

There are two opportunities to join the conversation on Schooling in the Era of Covid-19 next week. On Monday, we will hear from Joseph Garcia, Chancellor of the Colorado Community College System, Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Dr. Wendy Birhanzel, Superintendent of Harrison School District 2, and Nathan Cadena, Chief Operating Officer for Denver Scholarship Foundation on the uncertainty, changes, and virtual support for students planning to transition from high school to a higher education. You can sign up for that webinar here.

On Wednesday we will be diving into how our state’s rapidly declining budgets will impact school district budgets. We will be joined by Dr. Marguerite Roza from Georgetown University, one of the leading experts on school finance as well as Erik Johnson, former CFO Denver Public Schools, Shari Davis, Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project, and Glenn E. Gustafson, CPA Deputy Superintendent/CFO of Colorado Springs School District 11. Register here.

DPS – Reimagine the School Performance Framework Committee Update

On May 1, DPS’ Reimagine the SPF Committee released its report and recommendations regarding the SPF framework.  The DPS Board is scheduled to take public comments regarding the Committee’s recommendations May 18, May 21, and June 11 prior to voting on the recommendations at the June 11 public hearing.  Community feedback is vital as the Board takes further action on the Committee’s recommendations and an online survey is available in addition to live testimony during the public comment periods referenced above.

What we’re reading, watching, and listening to…

Nate Faflick, Communications and Development Associate

Reading: Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee; Impossible Owls Essays, Brian Phillips

Watching: Space Jam and Star Wars

Listening to: Swimmer – Tennis, Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest

Cooking: Bacon Mac N Cheese

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