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

Why We Need Empower Community High School

Guest Blogger: Dajia Maestas “ [You] were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that [you] were a worthless human being. You were not expected to aspire to excellence: [you] were expected to make peace with mediocrity.” It was my freshman year at Manual High school.…

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Honor and Say “Thank You” to Our Teachers

  Guest Blogger: Richard D. Lamm, Governor of Colorado 1975-1987 Let me suggest that there is a single thing you can do in your new role to improve education in Colorado, that won’t cost much money, doesn’t require legislative approval and is not controversial. It is also simple: find ways to say “Thank You” to…

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Has Denver become Mississippi or maybe Chicago? 4 Takeaways from Denver’s NAEP scores

Denver has had a remarkable transformation from the sleepy cow town that I moved to 20 years ago. We now have five nationally recognized art museums (we had only one back then) and many new amazing restaurants, some with James Beard awards.  Denver has a thriving economy with a 2.8% unemployment rate with impressive growth…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: April 2018

Spring has arrived in dramatic fashion with wild ups and downs each week. The weather has been crazy too. While this legislative session has been relatively low-key on the education front (yes there is the PERA bill and absurd attacks on teacher rights), there has been a great deal of news happening in schools and…

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Wandering Towards Revolution

Anxiety combined with rising expectations is revolutionary rocket fuel. Amidst their wandering, can different generations of educational leaders come together for what we all know is possible? Or will they fail each other and future generations? I was recently speaking with a group of national education experts who were asking my opinion about current issues…

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Statement on School and District Accountability

A+ Colorado is encouraged by the legislative efforts to update the accountability clock A+ believes that a deeper challenge than the accountability policy structure is a lack of political will to intervene in even the most dramatic circumstances A+ Colorado calls on the Colorado legislature, our Governor and the state board of education to enact…

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Building The Portfolio’s Bandwidth: Bold & Better Interventions in Yellow Schools

Last month, the Denver Public School Board engaged in a conversation with the district leadership about the current state of yellow schools.  It was a welcome and long overdue conversation. In the DPS system red and orange schools are bound to draw the eye of both families, community leaders and DPS leadership. These are our…

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The Open System Podcast

This post originally appeared on the blog The Open System. I’m really excited about our March podcast. This month we get to talk to someone who I really love working with in the open system space – Reilly Pharo Carter. Reilly is the Executive Director of Climb Higher Colorado, an organization formed for the purpose…

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Our Family and DPS Choice

Guest Blogger: Alexis Senger “I don’t want to talk about it anymore!” My fifth grader was at the end of her rope.  No, we weren’t talking about her grades or her daily grind of Wolfgang at the keys. We were talking about choosing middle schools.  Denver Public Schools (DPS) has a school choice process for…

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An Open Response to A+ Colorado Orange Paper: Learn Together, Live Together: A Call to Integrate Denver’s Schools (February 2018)

An Open Response to A+ Colorado Orange Paper: Learn Together, Live Together: A Call to Integrate Denver’s Schools (February 2018)Author: antwan jefferson, Date: 26 March 2018 University of Colorado Denver, School of Education and Human Development—————————— In its February 2018 Orange Paper, A+ Colorado published a report entitled “Learn Together, Live Together: A Call to…

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