Top 10 Reasons to Pay Attention to School Board Races in the State’s Largest Districts

This week Jimmy Kimmel took “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to Brooklyn, New York to tape before a live audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. He brought with him former late night king, David Letterman, whose famous “Top 10 List” still resonates with me in a way that Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” and Fallon’s “Thank You Notes” don’t…

Lifting as she climbs. By opening her own school, families wouldn’t be faced with the same choice her parents were forced to make for her

Growing up in Northwest Houston, Lindsey Lorehn had access to strong public schools. Her parents wanted a school where they felt welcome, where their voices could be heard and where they could actively contribute to Lorehn’s education. Not unlike most parents, they wanted a school that had a reputation for academic excellence. With degrees from Xavier, Tulane and even med…

Building agile schools in the age of agility

By Maureen Kelleher and Chyrise Harris The key three factors most likely to change the nature of future work are: artificial intelligence/robots, demographic changes and concentration of talent in certain locations, according to a new study from America Succeeds. It’s a good guess that lots of the jobs people currently hold will be drastically changed or eliminated. Estimates of how…

The stakes are high for Colorado kids in November

In less than a month, thousands of Colorado residents, including parents, teachers and even some students, will head to the polls to decide how they want school districts to work at giving every kid a great education. With school board seats up for grabs throughout the state, Chalkbeat asked candidates in Denver, Aurora, Jefferson and Douglas counties some questions to help…

Two Denver elementary schools, two national awards, two different approaches to giving kids the future they deserve

Over the last two weeks, two elementary schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) have received two different, yet well-deserved, national awards. One is a district-run innovation school. One is a charter school. In recognizing Valdez Elementary (a dual-language innovation school) as a National Blue Ribbon School, the federal government basically said, “Congratulations, kids at your school are learning at the…