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Monday, February 9, 2015

Colorado considering lowering the bar for high school graduation

The Denver Post – Eric Gorski

“Nearly two years ago, the state Board of Education approved the first-ever common set of expectations all Colorado students must meet to earn a high school diploma, starting with the class of 2021. The idea is to move beyond the mishmash of graduation requirements at 178 school districts and replace antiquated systems of counting credit hours with measures that matter. The shift envisioned for Colorado, a bastion of local control, grew out of education reform laws that are supposed to better prepare students for college and the workplace. Now, state officials are contemplating significant changes to those 2013 guidelines, including giving more local control over ways students can prove themselves, lowering the bar in some cases and eliminating science and social studies requirements, leaving only English and math.”(more)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Marketing, a need and benefit for Denver schools

The Denver Post – Yesenia Robles

“As the novelty wears off for a process that reformed the way Denver parents pick a school for their kids, school leaders are becoming more sophisticated in their marketing, trying to find students who are the right fit. The change comes even as participation is decreasing in the three-year-old SchoolChoice application process, which allows parents to fill out only one form to go to any district school. Options, meanwhile, increase each year, and by August, Denver Public Schools will have 200 schools, including 53 charters. With so many options, school marketing is still necessary, but now the reasons aren’t just about snagging more students than the next school but also about creating relationships with the community and getting the right students.”(more)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Early investment in children’s education pays off later, group says

The Gazette – Debbie Kelley

“Bill Jaeger, a vice president with the Colorado Children’s Campaign, an advocacy and lobbyist organization, said the achievement gap starts early, with vocabulary disparities emerging at 18 months. By age 3, he said, children from wealthier families have spoken and heard twice as many words as children from poor families.”(more)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Denver Kids program links at-risk students with education counselors

The Denver Post – Nick Kosmider

“Erin Howard, an educational counselor at Denver Kids Inc., is sitting in a classroom at Denver Discovery School, discussing daily goals with a group of sixth-graders when the conversation shifts to dreams.”(more)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Report finds economic gaps for Colorado students attending top schools

The Denver Post – Yesenia Robles

“High school graduates from well-off families are nearly 12 times more likely to go to a top college than students from low-income households, according to a report released Tuesday by a group of local nonprofits.”(more)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

4 ways to create a successful hybrid school

E-School News – Heather Hiebsch

“Six years ago, our district created the PSD Global Academy, and I was hired to launch the school. Our charge was to provide students with online learning opportunities. We partnered with personalized learning solutions provider Aventa Learning – now Fuel Education (FuelEd) – and started by serving a few high school students, primarily targeting dropout prevention and recovery.” (more)

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)