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

A Search Our Kids Can Be Proud Of

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association and A+ Colorado join together to support respectful and open processes for choosing the next Denver Superintendent This week, the Denver Public Schools Board of Education began its discussion around how the Board chooses the next superintendent. The opportunity to select a new superintendent should be a moment in our…

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A Note on DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg

DENVER — Yesterday on July 17th, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg announced he would be departing after almost 10 years of leading the district. Here at A+ Colorado we are deeply grateful for Superintendent Boasberg’s service and dedication to Denver’s students. During this time, student performance in the district moved from the bottom quartile…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: June 2018

There has been a lot happening in education in Colorado since the end of school. Catch up on our updates as well as some of our reports from the past spring. We’ll be taking a break from our newsletter for the month of July. We’ll be back in August with some exciting updates! A+ Updates…

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A Broken Compact

  The decision of the DPS School Board to press “pause” on the School Performance Compact should cause concern and honest reflection from all education observers and advocates in the city. Community groups who engaged with the district on this policy over the last three years were taken by surprise by the sudden decision. This is…

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Engagement Like Spinning Plates

DPS is promising more community engagement than ever before. Yet, by spinning this many plates at the same time, they create potential for overloading their ability to process the information and underwhelming community members with their inability to act on feedback or commitments.   Last week, over 100 education advocates attended our launch event for our…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: May 2018

It’s almost summer and A+ Colorado is racing towards the finish line just like many students and educators as the school year winds down. Read on to find out what’s keeping us busy. A+ Updates Welcome to Laura Valle-Gutierrez, A+’s Newest Team Member We are thrilled to announce that we have hired Laura Valle-Gutierrez to…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: April 2018

Spring has arrived in dramatic fashion with wild ups and downs each week. The weather has been crazy too. While this legislative session has been relatively low-key on the education front (yes there is the PERA bill and absurd attacks on teacher rights), there has been a great deal of news happening in schools and…

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Wandering Towards Revolution

Anxiety combined with rising expectations is revolutionary rocket fuel. Amidst their wandering, can different generations of educational leaders come together for what we all know is possible? Or will they fail each other and future generations? I was recently speaking with a group of national education experts who were asking my opinion about current issues…

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Statement on School and District Accountability

A+ Colorado is encouraged by the legislative efforts to update the accountability clock A+ believes that a deeper challenge than the accountability policy structure is a lack of political will to intervene in even the most dramatic circumstances A+ Colorado calls on the Colorado legislature, our Governor and the state board of education to enact…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: March 2018

A+ Colorado is springing forward with more conversations around how to create more integrated and effective schools in Denver. There have been important shifts in Denver, Aurora, Adams 14 and JeffCo school districts over the last month – some moving forward – some moving backward. A+ Colorado is also looking for community advocates for our…

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