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

Amplifying Student Voice with Project VOYCE

I’d like us all to think back to high school. Think about classes, teachers, and the friends we had. We were so stressed about getting into college and getting good grades. It was hard! I remember constantly feeling like there wasn’t enough time for school, friends, and family. I was struggling! Several kids are going…

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The Legacy of a King and His Vision for Education

As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let us reflect on his commitment to civil rights and education. Dr. King was committed to education and advancing human rights around the world. Even though he is a historical leader in the United States of America, Dr. King is celebrated as a holiday…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: January 2020

Happy New Year from the A+ Colorado team. With the turn of the calendar comes the reconvening of the Colorado General Assembly and we have plenty of updates to keep you in the loop on all things #EdColo, including two moving pieces from community partners and the incredible work they are doing for Colorado’s students.…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: November 2019

Power to the people and people to the polls. Throughout this newsletter we cover results from the most recent School Board election in Denver, along with a preview of our upcoming report, and analysis of the future for Aurora Public Schools. Read all of this + more below. A+ Updates Sponsorship Opportunities and Tickets on Sale…

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Teaching Empathy

Last month, I had the pleasure of moderating a discussion on the “Teaching of Empathy” at the Denver Biennial of the Americas. It was a powerful reminder that the heart of teaching begins with empathy.  The Biennial is a magical gathering of artists and activist leaders from across the Americas that happens in Denver every…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: October 2019

As leaves fall, snow accumulates and ballots drop, you can continue to rely on A+ Colorado to provide meaningful and relevant updates. This newsletter features updates on the upcoming school board election in DPS and Aurora, a look into implications from Denver’s SPF, and did we mention it’s #NationalPrincipalsMonth? Make sure you #ThankAPrincipal today. A+…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: September 2019

As we transition from the first days of school to October Count we have a lot to catch up on including a brand new report focusing on DPS Teachers and newly launched resources to help voters dig into the data on Denver students before the upcoming school board election. As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month…

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What is a good school in Colorado? And will Denver set a standard to ensure that students can read?

Discussions have been swirling at the state and district levels about school data and accountability over the last few months.  Accountability, for those who may not know, is a term for measuring how well a school is doing and what should be done or celebrated about these rankings. These discussions cut to the core of…

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What defines a Latina? It’s complicated.

What defines Latinidad?  It’s a complicated question with a problematic answer. Amidst “Hispanic Heritage Month” it seems to me that, increasingly, labels are both empowering and constraining. This month is a reminder of the power of the Hispanic and Latinx community, a celebration of changemakers, artists, and identity. It is also a reminder of the…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: August 2019

Summer vacation has concluded and most educators have found themselves back in the classroom, but the time “off” didn’t leave us short of education updates. A+ begins the school year with plenty of news to share including a preview on a new report examining the history and future of initiatives for educators in Denver, a…

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