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

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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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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The Courage to Address Systemic Inequity

Letter to Colleagues – The Courage to Address Systemic Inequity Mike Miles, A+ Colorado Board Member, June 15 2020 Even before COVID-19 we knew that our public education system was inequitable. On the whole, poor and minority students did not receive the same opportunities or access to high quality programs and schools as their wealthier…

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Parenting During the Pandemic

When my brother in law’s helicopter exploded on his paramedic test run in El Paso, he was only a year into his sweet marriage. We had a three year old, one very curious and sensitive to emotions; she’d picked up survival skills in her orphanage and was acutely attuned to hints of fear and sadness.…

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Discussing School Choice for Immigrant Parents

The sky on this particular day was blue, clear and beautiful. The weather was the kind that invited you to be outdoors with your loved ones, friends or simply take your children out for a game. Considering such opportunities are rare as there were a series of snow, rain and stormy weathers which sandwiched that…

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Amplifying Student Voice with Project VOYCE

I’d like us all to think back to high school. Think about classes, teachers, and the friends we had. We were so stressed about getting into college and getting good grades. It was hard! I remember constantly feeling like there wasn’t enough time for school, friends, and family. I was struggling! Several kids are going…

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The Legacy of a King and His Vision for Education

As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let us reflect on his commitment to civil rights and education. Dr. King was committed to education and advancing human rights around the world. Even though he is a historical leader in the United States of America, Dr. King is celebrated as a holiday…

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Denver Public Schools Reimagining the Traditional SPF

Denver Public Schools kicked off a nine-month committee process to evaluate and re-envision the district’s School Performance Framework (SPF). See the first meeting presentation here.


Student Testifies on Lack of Mental Health Resources in Denver Public Schools

The Colorado Youth Congress, an organization that trains diverse communities of young people to lead systems change, has been working closely with students for a Mental Health Campaign. Daijah Mijares-Morales, a student at DSST College View High School courageously testified to the Denver School Board in May on the issue of the lack of mental…

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers matter not only during Teacher Appreciation Week but every week, and A+ Colorado is grateful to the educators who work extremely hard to pave the way for our students. We asked our readers to share a short story of a teacher who is currently in the classroom and making a significant impact on the…

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