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A+ Stay Sharp: 9.24.2020

Good morning! We hope that in the midsts of serving the state of Colorado and our students, you’ll be able to get out and enjoy the golden leaves during this first week of fall. In this week’s Stay Sharp newsletter, you can find: A conversation with ALG and TEN about the challenges students are facing…

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Learn about the Colorado RISE Education Fund: $32.7 million toward learning during COVID-19

Image via Christina Morillo, Pexels On Wednesday, September 9, Gov. Jared Polis announced the Colorado RISE (Response, Innovation, and Student Equity) Education Fund. Grants ranging from $250,000 and $4,000,000 will be awarded to applicants “to address the learning challenges related to the economic, social, and health impacts of COVID-19.” As we highlighted in our Stay Sharp…

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A+ Stay Sharp: 9.17.2020

Tuesday evening, 60+ of you joined us, FaithBridge and Transform Education Now during the “Education Justice Now” webinar, about providing access to experts for families and education organizations serving students. Thank you to the panelists: – Virginia Wilson-Cobble from the U.S. Office for Civil Rights – Jessica Howard, ACLU of Colorado – Kate Gerald, Education Law Offices The conversation highlighted ways parents/guardians can navigate the educational…

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Op-ed: Time and Class Size. More important than the pay check?

Photo via Pexels  by Peter Huidekoper, Jr. Peter Huidekoper Jr. has been writing an education newsletter, Another View, for over 20 years. Peter has authored a number of opinion pieces in newspapers and magazines. He is the Coordinator for the Colorado Education Policy Cohort. For 18 years he taught and coached in middle and high…

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A+ Stay Sharp: 9.10.2020

Good morning during this snowy, short week. The A+ team in collaboration with FaithBridge and Transform Education Now would like to personally invite you to a free, virtual event we’re hosting next week. The “Education Justice Now” webinar on September 15th from 7-8 p.m., will provide access to experts for families and education organizations serving students. Focused around the question “what are…

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Rural Invisibility: Ignoring the Educational Needs of Nine Million American Students

School buses in a parking lot. / Image via Kelly Lacey on Pexels Rural Invisibility: Ignoring the Educational Needs of Nine Million American Students By Dr. Kristina A. Hesbol There are more students attending American rural schools than all the students in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the next 85 largest school districts combined…

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A+ Stay Sharp: 9.3.2020

As September is officially underway, students and educators have begun the most unconventional school year they’ll likely face in their lifetimes. As teachers navigate the terrain of delivering online instruction and district leadership navigates challenging decisions on reopening plans; A+ Colorado is committed to providing you with news and resources throughout this semester.  In this…

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Opening Lessons: Kids need to learn from one another and adults

Virtual school, image via Pexels. Credit: August de Richelieu Going into September, most schools have opened throughout the land: some in-person, some partially in-person, and some fully online. I have been trying to track what I am hearing and seeing through conversations with folks on the ground — and with lots of reading. Kids (and…

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A+ Stay Sharp: 8.27.2020

It’s been a pivotal week throughout the education ecosystem as the majority of public schools throughout Colorado have returned for the 2020-21 school year. This is poised to be one of the most challenging semesters for educators, administrators and families alike. A+ Colorado will continue to keep our readers in the know on the latest…

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A+ Stay Sharp: 8.20.2020

Colorado students have begun what will be an unconventional school year. Teachers and school leaders continue to demonstrate adaptability as they return to school, with some schools being fully online, others pursuing hybrid models, and some in-person learning throughout the centennial state. This week’s Stay Sharp newsletter includes a tool that has monitored 22 Colorado…

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