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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 innovators who conite to move education forward despite these trying times. A+ Colorado is committed to opening doors to new ideas and connections. 

Schedule of upcoming Education Unmuted conversations: 

A Search for Common Ground: Conversations on the Toughest Issues in K-12 Education

Special Time April 9, 2:30-3 PM

With Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dean of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, author of 200 plus research reports, articles and books, fellow Brown graduate And Dr. Frederick Hess, Director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), author of ten plus books and owner of I believe just one dress suit.

You can sign up for this webinar here. 

Watch previous Education Unmuted conversations: 

What’s the future of food, work and school and their connections?

With Adrian Miller, The Soul Food Scholar, James Beard Award Winner, lawyer, former policy wonk And Zack Nuemeyer, Chairman of Sage Hospitality Group, Denver civic leader and part-time policy wonk.

Video coming soon.

Challenging the One Best System: The Portfolio Management Model and Urban School Governance

With Ayesha K. Hashim and Julie A. Marsh. Dr. Hashim is an Assistant Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on district-level school reforms aimed at improving student achievement in underserved communities. Dr. Marsh is a professor of education policy at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and Faculty Director of Policy Analysis for California Education. Marsh specializes in research on K-12 policy and governance, blending perspectives in education, sociology, and political science. Ayesha and Julie are co-authors of the book Challenging the one best system: The portfolio management system and urban school governance.

How do we provide more support and educational opportunities to young Black men in Colorado?

Ron Sally, a successful Denver-based sports business leader who has established a remarkable mentor and scholarship program at Denver’s East High School called Project Greer Street. We chatted about the program, his perspectives on education, and what he is learning.

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You can sign up for this webinar series here. 


Want to recommend someone (or yourself) to be on an Unmuted conversation, or want to propose a topic? Email with subject “unmuted conversation”