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

Becoming a first generation college student: Before one mentor, I never thought about college. Here’s how I learned how to pay for it.

This article is a series of articles by Edward Quiñones, where he shares his personal stories and educational information in English and in Spanish. This is an article about the importance of FAFSA and federal aid for college students.  I never knew that college was an option for me. It always seemed so farfetched, and…

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Unmuted conversations: Join A+’s regular conversations with education innovators 

Education “Unmuted” is a new ongoing virtual event hosted by Van Schoales, A+ Colorado’s President, where he invites community and education innovators from around Colorado and the nation to have a virtual conversation over lunch. The pandemic has created many obstacles in present-day society, but we at A+ Colorado are devoted to engagement and elevating…

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Jack Strong: Lessons from Rick Padilla, a City of Denver leader who pivoted his work to teen suicide prevention after the loss of his son to suicide.

The pandemic has revealed many of our society’s frailties. One of which is the issue of mental health. Mental health is a topic that resonates with many now more than ever. With record-high unemployment numbers due to the closing of businesses, to health concerns, and grieving those that many have lost due to the virus. …

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40% de los estudiantes en Colorado asisten a un distrito en busca de un nuevo superintendente

Los cuatro distritos escolares más grandes de la área metropolitana de Denver buscan un superintendente Casi el 40% de los estudiantes en Colorado son atendidos por un distrito escolar que actualmente está en busca de un nuevo superintendente. Aproximadamente 329,000 estudiantes asisten a escuelas en los distritos de las Escuelas Públicas de Denver, Cherry Creek,…

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40% of students in Colorado attend a district looking for a new superintendent

The four largest school districts in the state area search for Superintendent Almost 40% of students in Colorado are served by a school district currently hiring a new superintendent. Approximately 329,000 students attend schools in the districts of Denver Public Schools, Cherry Creek, Dougco, Jeffco, and Poudre. According to 2020 October Count data, 883,199 students…

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¿Cómo funciona el proceso de inscripciones a escuelas en Colorado?

Read in English here. Un guía para las familias durante las inscripciones Yo crecí en Denver durante los años de los 90s, y jamás pensé que tenía opciones de la escuela a la que asistía. Siempre asumí que la escuela a la que asistía estaba dictada por el área en la que vivía.  Las escuelas…

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How does school of choice work in Colorado?

Este reporte también está disponible en Español aquí. Growing up in Denver in the 90s, I never thought I had much choice around the school I attended. I always assumed the school I attended was dictated by the area I lived in.  The neighborhood schools that were dictated by the district for me to attend…

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Acceso a servicios de salud mental en escuelas de Denver: Recomendaciones para fondos de salud mental en DPS

Mejorar el apoyo a la salud mental en las escuelas es el enfoque de OurTurn, una organización de activismo juvenil dirigida por estudiantes, están testificando el lunes 11 de enero durante la reunión del Comité Asesor de Presupuestos. Cuando sólo hay 1 trabajador social por cada 250 estudiantes y 1 psicólogo por cada 700 estudiantes, a los estudiantes que buscan apoyo de salud mental en las escuelas a menudo se les pide que recurren a maestros, asesores o miembros del personal no calificados. 


Access to mental health services in Denver Schools: Recommendations for mental health funding in DPS

Student activists from Our Turn Action Network and the Director of Research at A+ Colorado, Eden Morrision, will testify Monday at the DPS Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting at 3:30 p.m. regarding the $3 million earmarked for mental health support from the Mill Levy Override Funds. While DPS continues to strive to meet the mental…

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‘I figured it out by being my authentic self.’ My journey growing up in NW Denver, working at DSST, and now joining A+ Colorado

Edward Quiñones and students // Provided by Edward Quiñones This is a first-person essay, written by A+ Colorado’s Communication and Development Associate, Edward Quiñones. This is part of our first-person blog series.  Want to contribute? Email Edward@APlusColorado.org. A great man once said, “The highest human act is to inspire.”  From the moment I walked through…

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