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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Oracle’s Safra Catz calls for diversity, STEM education focus

The Denver Business Journal – Greg Avery

“Safra Catz, Oracle co-president and CFO, opened the second day of the Colorado Innovation Network Summit in Denver with a call for leadership in science and technical education to keep the U.S. from falling behind in economic growth and technology.” (more)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Denver Public Schools’ 2020 plan narrows focus to five goals

The Denver Post – Yesenia Robles

“Denver Public Schools is releasing a new master plan that narrows its focus to five goals meant to close achievement gaps, increase graduation rates and increase the number of high-performing schools, all by 2020.” (more)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

If teachers ran the schools, what would be different?

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“When kids misbehave at the Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy in Denver, they don’t get sent to the principal’s office because there is no principal.” (more)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Severe punishments for minority students see little change

The Denver Post – Zahria Torres

“Brandon Vigil was charged with vandalism for writing on a bathroom wall in fifth grade, a childhood mistake he said will haunt him as he plans for college and prepares for a career as a police officer.”(more)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Documenting Colorado teacher effectiveness: How much is enough?

The Denver Post – Kevin Simpson and Zahira Torres

“Half of an individual’s rating in the new system hinges on professional practices, with much of the information gleaned from in-class observations by principals and other evaluators.”(more)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

With midyear review, Colorado’s new teacher evaluations take shape

The Denver Post – Kevin Simpson

“What becomes clear as the midyear review continues, though, is that much of its value hinges on a strong, trusting relationship between principal and teacher.”(more)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Districts roll out new Colorado teacher evaluations during first year

The Denver Post – Kevin Simpson and Zahira Torres

“This year, Rael and every other public school educator in Colorado find themselves in the midst of another, higher-stakes critique — the rollout of the educator effectiveness framework launched by the 2010 passage of Senate Bill 191.”(more)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Teacher-driven project offers ideas to put new standards into practice

The Denver Post – Kevin Simpson

“As Colorado has moved into an era of new state standards in 10 content areas — including the Common Core standards in math and literacy — the District Sample Curriculum Project has responded to teachers seeking concrete ways to address them.”(more)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Colorado Tax-Hike Defeat Scrambles School Finance Picture

Education Week – Andrew Ujifusa

“The defeat of a proposed $950 million tax increase that would have fundamentally overhauled public school funding in Colorado casts doubt on the prospect of future K-12 finance changes in that state.”(more)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Proposed Colorado Tax Hike to Aid Schools Gets Drubbed at the Polls

Education Week – Andrew Ujifusa

“A proposed $950 million tax increase to benefit Colorado public schools, Amendment 66, was soundly rejected by voters on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press, and it wasn’t close.”(more)