DSST’s Decade of Achievement Could Culminate with $250,000 Broad Prize

For 10 straight years DSST Public Schools has celebrated having 100 percent of its graduates earn acceptance to college. This year, as a finalist for the 2018 Broad Prize for Public Charter schools, the network could have 250,000 more reasons to celebrate its positive impact on all of its students. For the second year in a row, DSST has been…

“Tough” is the Compliment We Pay White Teachers That Condemns Black and Brown Students

My nine years as a teacher in public schools have been eye-opening. The injustices that students from low-income backgrounds and students of color face in the education system have been common knowledge for years. And yet, it has been astounding to experience firsthand just how deep our biases go and how they cause us to misdiagnosis problems in education and…

What will students learn from the landmark case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission?

“Let them eat cake,” just not a wedding cake by Masterpiece Cakeshop. Marie-Antoinette may have coined the phrase, but that’s essentially what the U.S. Supreme Court said last week to a Colorado couple who felt they were being discriminated against after a local bakery owner refused–due to his religious beliefs–to make them a cake for their same-sex wedding.. And while…

There’s one thing that kills me about being an educator in Far Northeast Denver and I know we can do better

I am a proud Far Northeast Warrior and Raptor. That’s because for the last eight years I have been lucky enough to work as an educator in the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch communities. In 2010, I was living in California when my sister started sending me articles about the serious changes that were about to take place at one…

Applying for financial aid as a first-gen student can be more frightening than you know

Even before we entered our senior year, we were told hundreds of things we’re going to encounter and have to accomplish to gain acceptance to our dream school. One of the most important things I was told was to complete FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, as soon as it was available. I had heard from countless adults…