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

Funding Our Schools in the Wake of COVID-19

Funding Our Schools in the Wake of COVID-19 The novel coronavirus is wreaking havoc on more than the health in our communities. No matter how you look at it, the current economic reality and forecast are bleak. Seventeen million Americans have filed for unemployment (2.2 million in Colorado) in the past three weeks, undercounting the…

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A+ Stay Sharp: Response Digest 3

Colorado students, teachers and communities are adjusting to this “new normal”. The transition to online learning which is likely to continue for the remainder of the year, has presented unique challenges for rural and urban districts. This week’s Stay Sharp Response Digest includes an interview with a local school leader, an A+ Answer digging into…

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The Case for Social and Emotional Support Now- and Always in School

If ever there was a time to pay attention to how students are doing socially and emotionally in school, it would be now in what is likely to be the most disruptive societal change since World War II.   Millions of people are already out of work, our health care systems are overwhelmed, we are likely…

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A+ Stay Sharp: Response Digest 2

All Colorado schools have suspended in-school learning through at least April 30, and while most school districts and families adjust to this new normal, there are still so many hurdles districts are facing to meet the needs of their students and families. Meal distribution continues throughout the state in many areas, with some districts going…

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A+ Stay Sharp: Response Digest

A+ Colorado has shifted our work to focus on responding to the education needs within the state while continuing to provide data-driven information and advocacy to support the community. In the coming weeks, we will be providing weekly news and updates, partner resources, and stories worth spotlighting. News to share Guidance for School Districts Amid…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: March 2020

While COVID-19 has presented complex challenges for individuals and leaders throughout the state, A+ Colorado remains focused on providing data-driven information and advocacy to strengthen the community. Education partners state-wide are in the midst of supporting their families’ basic needs while others have started to develop strategies to respond to this unprecedented crisis. We are…

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Making Lemonade out of COVID-19 or Simply Surviving with Kids at Home

Families and kids are now faced with a new reality of school at home, not just for the next few weeks but likely for the rest of the school year. As this is a time of uncertainty and stress for most families, it could be a time to rethink what and how students can be…

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Parenting During the Pandemic

When my brother in law’s helicopter exploded on his paramedic test run in El Paso, he was only a year into his sweet marriage. We had a three year old, one very curious and sensitive to emotions; she’d picked up survival skills in her orphanage and was acutely attuned to hints of fear and sadness.…

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Discussing School Choice for Immigrant Parents

The sky on this particular day was blue, clear and beautiful. The weather was the kind that invited you to be outdoors with your loved ones, friends or simply take your children out for a game. Considering such opportunities are rare as there were a series of snow, rain and stormy weathers which sandwiched that…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: February 2020

Without you, we’d be pointless! With love in the air as we wrap up the best education party of the year, we have plenty of education updates throughout Colorado. This Stay Sharp Newsletter features testimony we’ve provided around teacher education legislation, we welcome a new team member, and a brand new segment of A+ Answers…

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