Coffee Break: Check Out Nate Easley’s New Plan for Creating More Great Public Schools in Denver

Blue School Partners are doing great things in the Denver area. I recently had a chance to speak with their CEO, Nate Easley, about their mission and strategy, and the unique challenges they’re seeking to overcome to help grow more high-quality public schools in Denver. What did you find compelling about the opportunity to lead Blue School Partners? I’ve spent my…

These students know exactly what makes their school a place of opportunity for all students regardless of zip code or country code

Recently the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder awarded South High School in Denver a Gold award through its Schools of Opportunity Recognition Program. The program recognizes public high schools that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to equity and excellence by giving all students the opportunity to succeed. But if you really want to to know what…

Advocating for Equity in Denver Public Schools

Of all of the challenges that the Strengthening Neighborhoods committee was asked to address, there was no doubt in my mind that I would join the working group focused on Equity. The opportunity gap in our system is real, and although there is great diversity within Denver Public Schools (DPS), there is not yet true equity or inclusion. Whenever I…

Taking the bus to Boston for creative transportation solutions

When it comes to bringing new thinking to public education, few places can beat Denver. It’s got a wide array of schools that break the traditional mold (both charter and district-run), a cutting-edge enrollment system that covers every different type of school in one application, and a boundary-busting attempt to increase integration by creating “enrollment zones” that give families priority…