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

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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Stay Sharp Newsletter: 12.3.20

Good morning, Colorado! It’s the first week of December – back when the pandemic started, no one could have predicted we’d be still in lockdown mode 8 months later – but here we are. Colorado schools have largely pivoted their reopening plans for remote learning. At A+, we’d like to acknowledge the dedication of parents, students,…

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Statement in thanks to Susana Cordova: A great loss for Denver

On Friday, Nov. 13, it was announced that Susana Cordova, Superintendent at Denver Public Schools, is resigning from her position after two years to work at the Dallas Independent School District as the Deputy Superintendent of Leading and Learning. A+ Colorado wants to publicly thank Susana for her service and leadership to Denver’s students over the last 31 years…

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StaySharp newsletter: 11/12/20

Good morning Colorado, We know it’s been a crazy post-election week. Last Thursday, we sent out a special email digging into what the election results mean for students and schools as a follow-up to our election guide. In case you missed it, here is a summary of the outcomes related to education, curated from local media across our…

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Stay Sharp newsletter 10.28.20

Good morning Colorado, We wish we didn’t have to be here reporting what educators, parents, and students already know – that remote learning will be with us for longer – and there is a large COVID-19 spike upon us. Catch up on the reopening plans at Aurora Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, and Jeffco Public Schools. According to…

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‘Todos necesitamos de todos’ (It takes a village): How student engagement with remote learning is a shared responsibility for working families

Valeria Contreras is the Advocacy Director at A+ Colorado. During the pandemic, she has been working from home and supporting her niece and nephew with online schooling. This is a first-person perspective.  I’m on the phone with my coworker Hayley, and my niece is upset, pleading to me to help her find her crayons so…

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Stay Sharp newsletter 10.22.20

Good morning, Colorado. Yesterday, we sent out our most recent research report, in which we analyzed existing research on “summer slide” to look into the potential COVID-19 learning loss. The “COVID Learning Loss: Recommendations To Improve Student Outcomes” report seeks to answer the question of how much learning loss are students experiencing due to learning disruptions. (Because, it’s…

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A+ Stay Sharp newsletter: 10.14.20

Good morning, Colorado. It’s been a big week for decisions affecting Denver’s students. Middle and High School students at DPS were scheduled to start transitioning to some in-person classroom time this week. Now, Nov. 9 is the earliest they would return to in-person learning. According to reporting by the Denverite, Superintendent Susana Cordova sent a…

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A+ Stay Sharp: 10.7.20

Good morning, Colorado. We’re on the other side of October Count – which will be a historical record of the number of children engaged with education during COVID-19 – although it will be averaged by a district’s enrollment in recent years according to the CDE. Denver Public Schools receives an average of $7,400 in per pupil operating revenue from…

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Do we know how many Colorado students aren’t engaged in learning as October Count starts?

Image via Pexels On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Gov. Jared Polis addressed citizens of Colorado with one message: Please enroll your child in school. “We know that the potential learning loss for our highest needs kids: English language learners, students with disabilities, low income students can have implications for years to come,” Polis said. “McKinsey &…

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