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

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…

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Jack Strong: Lessons from Rick Padilla, a City of Denver leader who pivoted his work to teen suicide prevention after the loss of his son to suicide.

The pandemic has revealed many of our society’s frailties. One of which is the issue of mental health. Mental health is a topic that resonates with many now more than ever. With record-high unemployment numbers due to the closing of businesses, to health concerns, and grieving those that many have lost due to the virus. …

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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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Share your voice: COVID-19 impact on post-secondary school decisions for students

A+ Colorado is collaborating with DPS to learn more about how COVID-19 has impacted student decisions to attend or remain in post-secondary schools. We are looking for parents, guardians, and families who are interested in participating in either a one-hour focus group or a 90-minute individual interview. A full description of the study can be found…

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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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‘I figured it out by being my authentic self.’ My journey growing up in NW Denver, working at DSST, and now joining A+ Colorado

Edward Quiñones and students // Provided by Edward Quiñones This is a first-person essay, written by A+ Colorado’s Communication and Development Associate, Edward Quiñones. This is part of our first-person blog series.  Want to contribute? Email Edward@APlusColorado.org. A great man once said, “The highest human act is to inspire.”  From the moment I walked through…

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‘Why do they feel we are inferior?’ The unconscious biases placed on bilingual and multilingual students

A student learning // Stock photo via Pexels This article is part of A+’s new community-focused blog program, where we are inviting parents / families, teachers, organizations, and students to share their experiences of education in Colorado. This is a first-person narrative and all opinions are those of the guest author.  Cynthia Camble is a…

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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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