Explore Ecuador

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)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Colorado bill vows education overhaul, but will voters raise taxes to fund it?

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“Voters are being asked to approve a nearly $1 billion income tax increase that would fund a sweeping overhaul of public education in the state. Among other things, it would raise the per-pupil spending in the state, direct more money to districts with more at-risk students, expand preschool for at-risk kids and full-day kindergarten, give funding equity to charter schools, set aside $100 million for an innovation fund, and establish more transparency and accountability for how education dollars are spent.”(more)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bloomberg, Gates each put $1 million behind pro-Amendment 66 campaign

The Denver Post – Kevin Simpson

“New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates top the donor list to proponents of Amendment 66, the school finance measure that includes a $950 million tax hike.”(more)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Colorado schools, with help, are teaching students personal finance

The Denver Post – Aldo Svaldi

“As part of a larger overhaul of educational standards, the Colorado legislature in 2008 mandated that personal-finance lessons be woven into the curriculum at every grade level, making the state among a handful to do so.”(more)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

THE STATE OF COLORADO EDUCATION: Recipes for good schools hard to find

The Gazette – Debbie Kelley and Carol McGraw

“This urgent question is at the forefront of education, as parents demand more accountability of schools and success for their children, and educators try to address stagnant student test scores and a system that lags behind education provided elsewhere.”(more)