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

Join this free A+ event, featuring Dr. Ivory Toldson: No Bad Stats: Debunking myths about Black students

Ivory A. Toldson, president and CEO of the QEM Network (Quality for Minorities), professor of counseling psychology at Howard University, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education has released an important book for all those in education and supporting students: “No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough…

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Book recommendations on standardized testing and public education that include discussions on testing

On March 15, Tattered Cover partnered with A+ Colorado to discuss standardized testing in our schools in an event called “Standardized Testing in Our Schools – The Future of CMAS.”  Right now, the Colorado State Legislature is debating whether to cancel the state’s Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) testing program. Tattered Cover has convened…

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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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CDHE releases an inaugural equity report for attainment

ECC Action Plan focuses on 5 key themes // Screenshot from CDHE report On December 18, 2020, Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) and CDHE’s Equity Champions Coalition (ECC) released Colorado’s first equity report for higher education called “Report on Educational Equity: Creating a Colorado for All.”  In Colorado, white students have an attainment level…

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Gitanjali Rao, Colorado sophomore is TIME’s first Kid of the Year. The honor highlights the importance of student voice and youth leadership.

Last week’s announcement is the culmination of a lot of firsts for 15-year-old Gitanjali Rao: Being named as the first Kid of the Year by TIME Magazine, representing Colorado, and STEM School Highlands Ranch, a public charter school. The title as the first honoree comes on the heels of another world-wide historic moment featuring a…

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DPS interim superintendent announced: Dwight Jones

Yesterday evening, it was announced that Dwight Jones will step in as DPS interim superintendent. The decision was announced after the DPS Board of Education work session and an executive session. Dwight is currently DPS’ Senior Deputy Superintendent for Equity, and previously was the Superintendent in Clark County (Las Vegas), the nation’s 5th largest school district.…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: 12.3.20

Good morning, Colorado! It’s the first week of December – back when the pandemic started, no one could have predicted we’d be still in lockdown mode 8 months later – but here we are. Colorado schools have largely pivoted their reopening plans for remote learning. At A+, we’d like to acknowledge the dedication of parents, students,…

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Statement in thanks to Susana Cordova: A great loss for Denver

On Friday, Nov. 13, it was announced that Susana Cordova, Superintendent at Denver Public Schools, is resigning from her position after two years to work at the Dallas Independent School District as the Deputy Superintendent of Leading and Learning. A+ Colorado wants to publicly thank Susana for her service and leadership to Denver’s students over the last 31 years…

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StaySharp newsletter: 11/12/20

Good morning Colorado, We know it’s been a crazy post-election week. Last Thursday, we sent out a special email digging into what the election results mean for students and schools as a follow-up to our election guide. In case you missed it, here is a summary of the outcomes related to education, curated from local media across our…

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