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

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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How We Elevated

Last Friday, over 250 Coloradans came together for our first ever How We Elevate event. It was a smashing success thanks to incredible sponsors, inspirational awardees, and energetic attendees. We presented three transformational leaders with our inaugural “Steward of Education Award.” Senator Michael Bennet, Former Denver Public Schools Board Member Rosemary Rodriguez and Former Denver Mayor…

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Press Release: Learn Together, Live Together: A Call to Integrate Denver’s Schools

February 27, 2018 Media contact:  Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Colorado 303-725-1151 van@apluscolorado.org New A+ Colorado report shows that by some measures, Denver schools are as segregated by race and class today as they have ever been DENVER— A+ Colorado is releasing a new report, Learn Together, Live Together: A Call to Integrate Denver’s Schools, detailing Denver…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: February 2018

Today is Valentine’s Day; infamous to those who work in schools for the amount of sugar students consume and candy wrappers left in desks (and on the floors and in the halls…). Here at A+, we think there’s a lot to love about February, read on to find out what’s going on this month including…

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Notice of Retraction for A+ Colorado’s report A Seat at the Table: Colorado Students’ Access to Top Colleges

Notice of Retraction for A+ Colorado’s report: A Seat at the Table: Colorado Students’ Access to Top Colleges A+ Colorado is rescinding the initial version of the report A Seat at the Table: Colorado Students’ Access to Top Colleges, released December 2017. Shortly after the new year, A+ Colorado discovered a significant problem with the underlying…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: January 2018

We are always excited about the possibilities that a new year brings and 2018 promises to be a busy year for education in Colorado. In the next few months, A+ Colorado will be releasing several reports that summarize key findings, engaging in key equity and data transparency advocacy, and holding our first “How We Elevate”…

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